Up Your Alley (album)

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Up Your Alley
Studio album by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Released May 23, 1988
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 41:20
Label Blackheart/CBS Associated
Producer Kenny Laguna, Ric Browde, Desmond Child, Thom Panunzio
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts chronology
Good Music
Up Your Alley
The Hit List
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice B+[1]

Up Your Alley is the sixth studio album by the American hard rock band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. This album contains the single "I Hate Myself for Loving You", which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100,[4] and had been used as the theme song for Sunday Night Football NFL games in America (with altered lyrics, by two singers) during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The follow-up single "Little Liar" continued Joan's chart success, reaching #19 on the Hot 100 in late 1988/early 1989.

Up Your Alley peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has since been certified Platinum.[5]

Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor played the guitar solo on "I Hate Myself for Loving You".[6]

"I Hate Myself for Loving You" was released as the first single, backed with a live version of the Jett composition "Love Is Pain" (the original version of which appears on 1981's I Love Rock 'n' Roll). "Little Liar" was the second single, backed with an obscure Jett/Laguna composition "What Can I Do for You", which had been recorded for a movie Jett was set to make in 1979 that was never completed. The song eventually turned up again on the Jett fan-club only CD 1979.

Two videos were shot for "Little Liar", the first of which told the dramatic story of twin Joan Jetts (one in white, one in black) fighting over a man they were both dating. It received heavy rotation on MTV, but was quickly replaced with a highly-stylized in-concert video with Ziggy Stardust-like artistic flourishes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" (Jett, Desmond Child) – 4:07
  2. "Ridin' with James Dean" (Jett, Ric Browde, Ricky Byrd) – 3:17
  3. "Little Liar" (Jett, Desmond Child) – 4:01
  4. "Tulane" (Chuck Berry) – 2:54
  5. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop) – 5:12
  6. "I Still Dream About You" (Jett, Ricky Byrd, Gary Rottger) – 3:23
  7. "You Want In, I Want Out" (Jett, Desmond Child) – 4:15
  8. "Just Like in the Movies" (Jett, Ric Browde, Ricky Byrd, Kenny Laguna) - 3:05
  9. "Desire" (Jett, Kenny Laguna, Diane Warren) – 3:53
  10. "Back It Up" (Jett, Ric Browde, Ricky Byrd) – 3:31
  11. "Play That Song Again" (Jett, Ricky Byrd, Frank Carillo) - 3:42


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
US Billboard 200 19
New Zealand Albums Chart 31
Swedish Albums Chart 16


  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (May 24, 1988). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. Up Your Alley (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  3. ^ "Up Your Alley by Joan Jett The Blackhearts | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ ""I Hate Myself for Loving You" at the Billboard Hot 100", Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) [dead link]
  5. ^ Up Your Alley at the The Billboard 200, Billboard (magazine) [dead link]
  6. ^ Wissmuller, Christian (Oct/Nov 2007) "Mick Taylor: Soul Survivor". Jazzed Magazine.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Up Your Alley". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH