38 Years ago, Bad Reputation, Joan Jett’s debut solo studio album was released.
It was originally self-released in 1980 as a self-titled album after her previous band The Runaways disbanded. It was then re-issued on Boardwalk Records in 1981 as Bad Reputation.
This album was recorded before Jett formed The Blackhearts. Some tracks include celebrity musicians such as Steve Jones and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), also Clem Burke & Frank Infante (Blondie).
“Joan Jett’s debut album is an infectious romp through her influences, ranging from classic ’50s and ’60s rock & roll through glam rock, three-chord loud’n’fast Ramones punk, and poppier new wave guitar rock,” wrote Steve Huey for AllMusic.
Rolling Stone magazine named the album No. 36 on their 50 Coolest Albums of all Time list in 2005.
The song here, “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)” is included in Bad Reputation. Back then in Bali, it was the third most popular Jett’s song after “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover” (both from I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll‘s album). It is actually a cover, originally sung and written by Gary Glitter.