Video: Joan Jett signing autographs outside at David Letterman

This was filmed after Joan’s performance of “Bad Reputation” with The Foo Fighters at David Letterman last year. I was going to schedule this for a future Video of the Week feature, but I didn’t want to wait. It’s too cool.

Two things strike me about this video:

  1. Joan walks with the same swagger she had in the beginning of the “I Love Rock-n-Roll” video, and
  2. Joan Jett fans are super CHILL. She is right in the crowd, and no one is screaming or passing out. Props!

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And here’s the performance from the show:

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AUSTRALIAN JETTHEADS: Send me your Joan Jett stories!

Calling all Australian Jettheads! You’ve waited a long time for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts to come back to your corner of the globe. We want to hear your Joan stories and memories!

If you’re interested, email your stories to born2bjetthead@gmail.com. I’ll compile them into an epic post that celebrates Joan’s relationship with your beautiful land.

UPDATE: In your submission, let me know the general area where you live and how you want to be credited. Your name can be anonymous or a screen name if you wish. Otherwise, I’ll just use your first name. If you are adventurous and want to list your Facebook, or Twitter, or something, I’ll link those for you too, but only if you ask me to.

This is a new feature that I’ve been meaning to add to the blog for some time. Our stories make us who we are!

A Joan Jett t-shirt gets banned in a middle school

A t-shirt of Joan Jett wearing a Sex Pistols t-shirt was banned in a middle school. The girl was an 8th grade student, and her mother told the story on her blog:

I am not sure if this was an official censor. Last month my 8th grade daughter came home from school to tell me that her Health Ed teacher told her that she could not wear her Joan Jett T-shirt to school anymore. “Mom, a lot of the teachers told me it was cool” she mused. In the T-shirt Joan Jett is wearing a t-shirt that says “Sex Pistols”. The word sex was offensive to the teacher.

My daughter has been a big fan of Joan Jett since the movie the Runaways had been released.  We had been collecting Joan Jett T-shirts on all of our trips to New York City. She purchased this particular one with her father and grandmother at Trash & Vaudeville on St. Marks.

Read the rest HERE.

Now, I’m not interested in debating censorship in schools. I went to Catholic school, so uniform restrictions are not weird to me. The world of academia is full of crap like this, and once you leave school it all goes away–to be replaced by crap in “the real world.”

The interesting part of this story is actuallly the response from this woman’s daughter, the offended party in question, in the comments on the blog:

As the daughter with the tee shirt in question, I’m offended you’ve stated that The Runaways movie is what prompted my love of Joan Jett. If anything, my reaction to the movie was, “Ooh, a movie will be released on one of the most influential female rock bands in history, what luck,” not, “Ooh, I just saw this amazing movie, I want to know who this band is!”

With the statement of the movie setting the Joan Jett love off, it has implications that I watched the movie for reasons other than the music. Those reasons, in this entertainment climate, are more likely than not the actress playing Joan Jett- Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart has a number of fangirls, who have followed her work since Twilight, the utter travesty it is.

Your statement of how I discovered the Runaways, in effect, implies that I am a Twilight fan, and that right there is far from the truth.

[/End irrelevant rant.]

Yes, I saw the irony, especially as the lesson that day was on sex.
–gianttacosalad

Insults to Twilight aside, I am EXTREMELY impressed with this Jetthead”s intelligence! Not just in her collegiate-level vocabulary (she will KICK ASS on her SAT’s), but in her thorough knowledge, acceptance, and unconditional love of Joan Jett and The Runaways. This is the smartest 13-year-old (or soon-to-be-13-year-old) on the planet. I am perfectly comfortable leaving this world in her hands when I die.

I just have one message for “gianttacosalad”: You’re wrong about Kristen Stewart and her fans. They’ve been around since well before Twilight. Kristen has made many cool movies that her fans, including me, love her for. Think of it this way: Twilight is Kristen Stewart’s I Love Rock -n- Roll. If someone had accused YOU of only loving Joan Jett because of I Love Rock-n-Roll, I bet you’d be pissed. [/End totally relevant rant.]

Welcome to the Jetthead fandom, gianttacosalad! *waves* We’re proud to count you in our numbers! 😀

“The Runaways” Teaser Trailer: Who Is Singing Lead?

[UPDATE: Cherie Currie confirmed in the comments below that Dakota Fanning is singing lead on “Cherry Bomb” by herself.]

So, who is singing lead on “Cherry Bomb” in The Runaways teaser trailer, anyway?

It never occurred to me to question it, since I know that Cherie Currie sang “Cherry Bomb” on The Runaways album in 1976 and Live in Japan in 1977. Therefore, Dakota Fanning must be singing lead, with Kristen Stewart singing backup, of course.

But fans are speculating all over the web that it could be Kristen singing lead in the trailer, and not Dakota.

Fueling this debate is a Spin.com article from last week which states:

“Yep: the revamped music of “Cherry Bomb” features lead vocals from the vampire-lover herself.” [Obviously referring to Kristen.] SOURCE

While some fans think Kristen is singing lead and others think it’s Dakota, a few are saying that Dakota sings “Hello Daddy, hello Mom,”  Kristen sings “Hello world I’m your wild girl,” and they both sing the “Cherry Bomb” parts. After listening to the trailer again, and again, this argument appears to have merit. The “Hello world” line doesn’t sound quite the same as “Hello Daddy.”

But I wasn’t convinced that it was Kristen, so I took the question to the Sinners message board and asked the Jettheads.

Here’s what we think: It sounds like Dakota Fanning and Cherie Currie’s vocals are blended together. We don’t have any official sources for this information, but based on what we know of Cherie’s voice and how the band sang “Cherry Bomb” with her, this is the most likely explanation to us. We don’t know if all of Dakota’s vocals were recorded that way, or if they just mixed the trailer like that. The close-ups of Kristen singing appear to be from a different scene because Kristen isn’t wearing the red jumpsuit, so whatever she is singing there may not be “Cherry Bomb” at all:

Kristen is wearing a big, black, shoulder-pad outfit here. Not the red jumpsuit.

The verdict: It is very difficult to determine anything from a movie’s trailer, let alone a teaser trailer. What we see and hear in the final movie will look and sound very different from this trailer. We shouldn’t sweat it. Yet.

Have no fear, KStew fans. Joan sang lead on many Runaways songs, both before and after Cherie left the band. Kristen had plenty of opportunities to sing lead in The Runaways. Hear a few after the jump.

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Reactions to Joan Jett in Esquire Magazine

UPDATE: You can now read the whole article on Esquire’s official website HERE.

A site called “Oh No They Didn’t” on  LiveJournal posted a full scan of Joan’s Esquire Magazine article HERE.

THIS is my favorite comment:

Yay a Joan post!
I remember times when I was at shows and the person on stage locked eyes with me. And in that moment everything was right with the world

I love this answer. The first time I saw her, I was in the front and started to get a little woozy, which apparently showed up on my face and she waved and mouthed “are you ok” to me and after that I was fine.
I couldn’t shut up about to all my friends for weeks. I finally got to take my boyfriend to one of her shows and he swears up and down that she was staring at him while singing an entire song. He gets all bent out of shape if you try to tell him he’s delusional lol It’s srs bsns when Joan looks at you.

Testimony for the Jett Eye Lock*. Love it!

What’s YOUR Jett Eye Lock story?

*Glossary