Hello everyone! Welcome to the redesigned Born to be Jetthead site! The bulk of the work is done, although I’ll be tweaking and adding stuff all day. Here’s a few videos to get the party started. Enjoy!
Thanks to the amazing Liz Cullen for the new blog header!
Happy Birthday, Joanie! I hope you’re as excited about this day as the Jettheads are. 🙂
We’re all looking forward to another year of your Blackheart-style rock-and-roll to keep our engines running. Thank you for everything you do for us, and for always being our light. Have a great day with your friends and family, and don’t work too hard!
(Wow, that was actually kind of nice. Simple, and to the point. A far cry from the long-assed emo crap I used to send in her birthday cards when I was a kid. Maybe I’ll bust one of those out for you guys to laugh at later. :D)
Let’s get this party started with some cool Joan Jett birthday graphics from WannabeJett and @Gek_Ina12. I’ve got loads of other birthday goodies pre-scheduled for you, Jettheads, so stay tuned throughout the day! Enjoy!
(And don’t forget to tweet HappyBDayJoanJett to all of your followers, if you’re into Twitter. Let’s try to make it a trending topic!)
September 22 is less than a month away, Jettheads!
Let’s do something different this year: If any of you would like to make graphics, poems, letters, stories, or videos in honor of Joan’s birthday, and would like to share, I’d love to post them here. Email your creations to email@example.com, and I’ll post them on September 22nd. (NOTE ABOUT VIDEOS: Please upload them to a site like YouTube and just email me the link. I can’t upload videos directly to this site for free, so if you email me video attachments I will have to delete them. Thanks!)
I have to work on the 22nd (boo!), so it would be great if you could send them by September 21st at the latest, so I can schedule the posts ahead of time. HAVE FUN!
Also, for those of you on Twitter, I think we should decide on our hashtag now, so we have the best chance of getting it to trend. I recommend: #HappyBdayJoanJett — what do you think?
I’m seriously thinking about taking off work for Joan’s next birthday. This year, #happybirthdayjoan didn’t trend on Twitter, and I was too busy all day to help. My wheels are already turning. I’ll try to come up with something great.
Joan’s birthday was not completely forgotten by the media. Below are links to some cool articles celebrating the event. But first, check out these awesome birthday graphics from @dont_getmewrong! Click for bigger versions.
Joan Jett: She Loves Rock N’ Roll — examiner.com. I love this one because, in addition to the obligatory history of her 80’s hits, this article also calls out some of my favorite deep tracks, like Pure and Simple‘s “Rubber and Glue”. Michael David obviously has great taste. 🙂 (Examiner.com was down this morning. If the article isn’t back up yet, you can read it on joanjettbadrep.com HERE.)
And here are some birthday announcements from smaller outlets:
Tell your friends! Let’s trend #happybirthdayjoan on Twitter today! A year ago, when I had three followers, I don’t think I could have done it, but this year, we just might pull it off. If any of you see it trend in your area, will you please send me a screen cap?
Enzo has been in The Blackhearts since the late 90’s, and I love him. He’s a quiet guy, and his biography is suspiciously missing from all of Joan’s websites. I’ve only met him once, but I think he’s sweet. (He was kind enough to give me a hug the night Sandy West died.)
Before The Blackhearts, he was in a band called Speed McQueen and released a CD in 1997. You can occasionally find copies on eBay. There are a couple of Buy It Now auctions HERE and HERE now.
Enzo is also in The Public Offenders with Blackheart lead guitarist Dougie Needles (listen to their music here), and, most recently, he joined Blackheart drummer Thommy Price and members of The New York Dolls and The Dead Boys to form Batusis. Check out their MySpace page, their Facebook page, and their debut 4-track EP on Smog Veil Records.
I don’t know much else about Enzo, other than I love his contribution to The Blackhearts. That’s the important stuff, though, isn’t it?
Enzo, happy birthday dude. And thanks again for that hug. 🙂
Today, December 9, is Thommy Price’s birthday! I thought we could start the celebration by resurrecting an awesome interview he did with David Iozzia in 2007:
Dave: At your MySpace page, you state that although you had been playing on Joan Jett and The Blackhearts records, you weren’t in the band. After seeing them play at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, you joined a perfect rock and roll gang. Did you have to change “your game” to fit in or did you see anything watching from the audience that you wanted to tweak?
THOMMY: They were a great band, and I wanted to be a part of what was going on. I didn’t agree with what was going on drum-wise. That’s the reason I thought they needed me. I think that my drumming made them a better band.
Thommy, your drumming makes The Blackhearts a GREAT band, and I will always be grateful that you were born. I heard YOUR drums at the beginning of “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” which is the song that started all of my Jetthead insanity. (Now you all know who to blame!)
Yesterday, December 8, was Kasim Sulton’s birthday. Happy Belated Birthday, Kasim!
Kasim played bass with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts between 1986 and 1990. He performed on the Good Music,Up Your Alley, and The Hit List albums, including the Grammy-nominated “I Hate Myself for Loving You” single. He also performed “She’s Lost You” with Joan on the Less Than Zero soundtrack.
Gibson posted a birthday wish for Joan. Here’s a snippet:
Jett has lost none of her passion for her beloved rock ‘n’ roll. Doubters need only check out her recent performance for the “Nissan Live Set” concert series to see a artist in full flight, still reveling in making music. “I’m so blessed to be doing what I do,” Jett says at one point.
Likewise, we’re blessed — blessed that Jett is still going strong and that she’s lost none of her leather-clad edge … Gibson joins with Jett’s fans in wishing her a wonderful birthday.
Marq Torien, the lead singer of 1980’s-era hair metal band The Bulletboys, was born on September 22, just like Joan Jett. I’ve known this since around 1989 because I had a 36-month subscription to Metal Edge Magazine, and every year around this time, I would flip to the famous birthday section to see if they would publish Joan’s birthday. And every year, all I got was Marq Torien. I got my vindication in 2006 when Joan graced the cover of Metal Edge for a story on the Vans Warped Tour. Remembering this made me wonder: Who else shares Joan Jett’s birthday? Well, a f*ckton of people do, but here are a few that stood out to me:
Junko Tabei, a Japanese mountain climber who became the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest on May 16, 1975, exactly 2 months and 20 days before Joan Jett formed The Runaways. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junko_Tabei
I like to do something nice to remember Joan Jett’s birthday every year. Sometimes I’ll send her a birthday card. I’ve never baked a cake or sent her a gift, but last year I donated money to the Arbor Day Foundation and planted trees in her name.
My gift to Joan in 2008
This year, I wanted to give something to the fans, so I created this site. Welcome to Born to be Jetthead. You can read more about it HERE.
I hope you like it. I can’t take it back because I lost the receipt.