18 May 2016

Marty Duda's artist of the week - Joan Jett

From Nine To Noon, 11:06 am on 18 May 2016

With Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie about to tour New Zealand this week, Marty is revisiting the career of her former bandmate Joan Jett. Joan was initially the rhythm guitarist for the band when they formed under the "guidance" of producer Kim Fowley in the mid-1970s with Joan contributing to the songwriting on their now-acclaimed debut album. When Currie left the band, Joan took over the lead vocals. After the band's demise, Joan Jett proceeded to launch her solo career with the help of industry veteran Kenny Laguna. After being turned down by all the major labels, Joan's first solo album, Bad Reputation was released on her own Blackheart label. When the record became a hit in 1981, she signed with Sony and cranked out a string of punky-poppy hits such as I Love Rock & Roll, Crimson & Clover and Light Of Day…many of them covers of songs from the 1960s. Since then, Joan Jett has become an inspiration to female rockers the world over and she's still recording and performing. Her most recent album is 2013's Unvarnished TRACKS Artist: The Runaways Song: You Drive Me Wild (3:23) Composer: Joan Jett Album: The Runaways (1976) Label: Mercury Artist: Joan Jett Song: Bad Reputation (3:27) Composer: Ritchie Cordell-Joan Jett-Marty Joe Kupersmith-Kenny Laguna Album: Bad Reputation (1981) Label: Blackheart Artist: Joan Jett Song: Any Weather (3:24) Composer: Joan Jett-Dave Grohl Album: Unvarnished (2013) Label: Blackheart