Album (Joan Jett album)

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Album
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Album.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1983
Recorded1983
StudioKingdom Sound Studios, Syosset, New York
GenreHard rock, Punk Rock
Length34:59
LabelBlackheart/MCA (US)
Epic (Europe)
Warner Bros. (Japan)
ProducerJoan Jett, Ritchie Cordell, Kenny Laguna, Greg Kolotkin
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts chronology
I Love Rock 'n Roll
(1981)
Album
(1983)
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
(1984)
Singles from Album
  1. "Fake Friends"
    Released: July 1983
  2. "The French Song"
    Released: July 1983 (Canada only)
  3. "Everyday People"
    Released: 1983

Album is the third studio album by Joan Jett and the second to feature her backing band The Blackhearts. The album was originally released in July 1983.

Background and recording[edit]

Unlike Joan Jett's two previous albums, only two tracks are cover songs, though this had not been the original plan. During the recording of the album, Jett commented, "I know what's going to happen. When we included lots of covers, people would call us on it. If we don't they'd say, 'Where's the covers?'"[1]

Release[edit]

The cassette tape version had 2 different issues, one issued in a regular black plastic case (MCA MCAC-5437) and one issued in a red plastic case (MCA MCAC-5445). The initial version contained The Rolling Stones song "Star Star" on it as a hidden track at the end of side one. The second version deleted the song and was designated as "Album Version Only." The album was re-released in 1992 with six more bonus tracks.

The first single released from the album was the lead track "Fake Friends." The U.S. 7-inch vinyl featured "Nitetime" on the reverse side, with a locked groove at the end of the song. This meant that jukeboxes playing the track would have to be manually rejected in order to reject the record. The CD bonus track "Locked Groove" is an actual recording of the end of the single. A second issue with "Handyman" as the B-side was sent to distributors. A video was shot for "Fake Friends" where Joan and the Blackhearts are continually mobbed by 'fans' and hangers-on who quickly turn into cardboard cut-outs and fall over. It received heavy airplay on MTV, though the song was a relative disappointment on the Billboard Hot 100. Kenny Laguna later told Creem magazine that he had objected to "Fake Friends" being the first single, as it wasn't a natural fit for rock radio, but was rebuffed by the label.

The second single, "Everyday People" (backed with "Why Can't We Be Happy") was somewhat better received, and came accompanied by a slapstick video in which Jett is plagued by a smoking hair-dryer, a defunct alarm clock, and a collapsing bed. A promotional 7-inch and 12-inch Dance Mix of the song was sent to radio stations; the commercial 12-inch record featured the notorious "Star Star" on the B-side.

A third video was filmed for "The French Song," but MTV gave it scant airtime and a single of the track was only released in Canada, where it was backed with "Coney Island Whitefish."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Metal Forces(4/10)[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB+[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fake Friends"Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna3:23
2."Handyman"Jett, Laguna3:23
3."Everyday People"Sylvester Stewart2:40
4."A Hundred Feet Away"Jett, Laguna, Peter Anders2:33
5."Secret Love"Jett, Laguna4:03
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."The French Song"Jett, Laguna, Ricky Byrd, Mike Winter Jr.3:35
7."Tossin' and Turnin'"Ritchie Adams, Malou Rene2:25
8."Why Can't We Be Happy"Jett, Laguna3:53
9."I Love Playing with Fire" (The Runaways cover)Jett3:03
10."Coney Island Whitefish"Jett, Laguna3:35
11."Had Enough"Jett, Laguna, Byrd2:26

Personnel[edit]

The Blackhearts[edit]

  • Joan Jett – vocals, guitar
  • Ricky Byrd – guitar
  • Gary Ryan – bass
  • Lee Crystal – drums

Additional musicians[edit]

  • The Uptown Horns:
    • Crispin Choe - baritone sax
    • Robert Funk - trombone
    • Arno Hecht - tenor sax
    • Paul Litteral - trumpet
  • The Ross Levinson Strings directed by Ross Levinson
  • Kenny Laguna - keyboards

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gross, Jonathan (June 1983). "Joan Jett: The Road Goes On Forever". Record. 2 (8): 1, 10–11, 30.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Joan Jett / Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Album review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Ling, David (August 1983). "Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Album". Metal Forces (1): 23. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Considine, J. D. (September 1, 1983). "Album Reviews: Joan Jett - Album". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 26, 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Joan Jett - Album (Album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Album Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Joan Jett - Album (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 38, No. 26, August 27 1983". Library and Archives Canada. August 27, 1983. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ a b c d "Album Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 38, No. 24, August 13 1983". Library and Archives Canada. August 13, 1983. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.