Bad Reputation (Joan Jett album)
|Studio album by Joan Jett|
May 17, 1980 (Joan Jett)|
January 23, 1981
|Recorded||March 1979 – March 1980|
Chappell Recording Studios and Ramport Studios, London, UK,|
Fidelity Studios, North Hollywood, California
Ariola, Blackheart (Joan Jett)|
Boardwalk (Bad Reputation)
|Joan Jett chronology|
|Singles from Bad Reputation|
Bad Reputation is the debut solo studio album by American recording artist Joan Jett. 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.
Record producer Kenny Laguna financed the album's recording sessions using borrowed studio credits. Recorded before Joan Jett formed The Blackhearts, the majority of the album featured Jett backed by members of the Roll-Ups, with Lea Hart on guitar, Jeff Peters on bass and Paul Simmons on drums. Other tracks include well known musicians, such as the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook, and Blondie's Clem Burke and Frank Infante.
After independently recording the album with Laguna, Jett took the record to a number of major record labels, none of which were interested in releasing the project. Rather than continue to hunt for a willing label, Laguna and Jett decided to fund the pressing of the album themselves. The original, self-released, version of the album was simply titled Joan Jett and was sold directly to concert-goers and record stores out of Laguna's trunk.
The album sold relatively well, prompting its re-release a year later as Bad Reputation on Boardwalk Records, with identical track listing. Jett said that the new title referred to the bad reputation that she had as a former member of The Runaways.
When the album's European rights were secured through Ariola Records, "Hanky Panky" replaced "Wooly Bully" as the final song on Side 2. When the album was issued through Boardwalk Records in the U.S. under the title Bad Reputation, the label stuck with "Wooly Bully" as the final track, making the "Hanky Panky" import version a collector's item. However, the song was later included as a bonus track on CD re-releases.
The original Australian release featured a completely different cover, and "Hanky Panky" replaced "Shout" as track 9. "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" was also a huge hit in Australia when it was released hot on the heels of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Crimson and Clover" from Jett's 1981 album, I Love Rock 'n Roll.
In 1999, the album was again re-issued, this time on CD with several bonus tracks and a remastered version of the original album.
- "You Don't Own Me" was released as a single prior to the album in 1979. The B-side was an early version of "I Love Rock 'n Roll" performed with Cook and Jones. This b-side version was later released on the rarities album Flashback.
- "Make Believe" was released as a 7-inch single on the Ariola label. The record was accompanied by a fold-out mini-poster sleeve featuring the album cover photo. The B-side was a cover version of "Call Me Lightning" which also turned up on Flashback as well as CD versions of Bad Reputation
- "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" was released as a Boardwalk single following the success of Jett's versions of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Crimson and Clover". The B-side was "Victim of Circumstance" which was culled from the later album.
- Boardwalk also released "Jezebel" as a single (which had been successful overseas), but the song was ignored by US rock radio.
|The Village Voice||A–|
- "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." (Steve Huey, AllMusic)
- "Unfortunately, Bad Reputation is flawed by its literal-mindedness – the arrangements pump along gamely yet rarely swing or soar – and by some unresourceful material. But in its mood and feel, Joan Jett's first solo album is a determined retelling of what sometimes seems like the truest rock story there is." (Tom Carson, Rolling Stone)
- "Producers Kenny Laguna and Ritchie Cordell make the old glitter formula of readymade riffs 'n' blare sound suitable for albums, and they get plenty of help from reformed Runaway Jett, who has writing credit on four of these twelve tunes and comes on tuffer than any gurl in history." (Robert Christgau, The Village Voice)
|3.||"You Don't Know What You've Got"||3:44|
|4.||"You Don't Own Me"||3:27|
|5.||"Too Bad on Your Birthday"||2:58|
|6.||"Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)[note 1]"||3:48|
|7.||"Let Me Go"||2:42|
|8.||"Doing Alright with the Boys"||3:38|
|11.||"Don't Abuse Me"||Jett||3:38|
|12.||"Wooly Bully[note 2]"||Domingo Samudio||2:20|
|1992 CD edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"Call Me Lightning"||Pete Townshend||2:25|
|16.||"What Can I Do for You?"||Laguna||2:12|
|2006 CD edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"Call Me Lightning"||Townshend||2:25|
|15.||"What Can I Do for You?"||Laguna||2:12|
|16.||"You Don't Own Me" (previously unreleased version)||2:41|
|17.||"Bad Reputation[note 3]"||2:57|
- Joan Jett – lead and background vocals; lead and rhythm guitars
- Lea Hart – lead and rhythm guitars; backing vocals
- Buzz Chandler – lead guitar on track 2
- Frank Infante – guitar on tracks 2, 12, 13
- Lou Maxfield – lead guitar on track 3 and 15
- Sean Tyla – twelve-string acoustic guitar on track 10
- Steve Jones – bass guitar; lead and rhythm guitars on track 4; bass guitar and lead guitar on track 11
- Eric Ambel – guitar on track 16 (2006)
- Kenny Laguna – piano; organ; clavinet; tambourine; backing vocals
- Jeff Bannister – piano on tracks 4 and 11
- Jeff Peters – bass guitar; backing vocals
- Richard D'Andrea – bass guitar on tracks 3 and 15
- Micky Groome – bass guitar on track 12 and 13
- Paul Simmons – drums; backing vocals
- Clem Burke – drums on track 12 and 13
- Paul Cook – drums on tracks 4 and 11
- Joel Turrisi – drums on tracks 3 and 15
- Johnny Earle – saxophone on tracks 6 and 9
- Mick Eve – saxophone on tracks 4 and 11
- Commander Goonwaddle – tubular bells on track 7
- Ritchie Cordell – sound effects; backing vocals
- Martyn Watson – backing vocals
- Rainbow Smith – backing vocals
- Kenny Laguna – producer
- Ritchie Cordell – producer
- Mark Dodson – engineer; associate producer
- Steve Jones – producer of tracks 4 and 11
- Paul Cook – producer of tracks 4 and 11
- Joe Latimer – engineer
- Stuart Panes – engineer
- Butch Yates – assistant engineer
- Malcolm Davis – mastering
|1982||French Albums Chart||17|
|Australian Albums Chart||45|
|Billboard 200 (USA)||51|
|RPM100 Albums (Canada)||76|
|1981||"Bad Reputation"||Mainstream Rock (USA)||48|
|1982||"Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)"||RPM100 Singles (Canada)||8|
|Swiss Singles Top 75||12|
|Australian Singles Chart||18|
|Austrian Top 40 Singles||19|
|Billboard Hot 100 (USA)||20|
|Mainstream Rock (USA)||21|
|German Singles Chart||31|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||36|
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