Bad Reputation

38 Years ago, Bad Reputation, Joan Jett's debut solo studio album was released.
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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.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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