Rolling Stone poll: Who should get into the Rock Hall next year?

Vote for The Runaways OR Joan Jett and The Blackhearts on rollingstone.com!

Rollingstone.com’s weekly poll asks, “Who Should Be Inducted Next Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The Runaways and The Blackhearts are BOTH eligible, so I think we should give them some love. But be careful: you can only vote once, and only for one artist, so don’t spam them with both bands or the votes won’t count. If you vote for Joan, please remember to include The Blackhearts.

There are THREE ways to vote – but only vote once, and for only ONE artist or group!

  1. In the comments of the online article HERE,
  2. On facebook.com/Rollingstone, or
  3. On Twitter using the hashtag #weekendrock.

Hope the KStew fans bring it like last time!

The Runaways wins: Best Rock Movie of All Time

We did it!

Last weekend, Rollingstone.com asked its readers to vote on the best rock movies of all time–and The Runaways took the top spot!

Here’s the rest of the top 10, as chosen by Rollingstone.com’s readers:

10. Quadrophenia
9.  School of Rock
8. The Commitments
7. The Doors
6. A Hard Day’s Night
5. Tommy
4. This is Spinal Tap
3. Almost Famous
2. The Wall
1. The Runaways

Movies about hugely famous bands struggle to turn a profit, so it’s unclear why anyone felt a movie about the Runaways would be a success. Granted, they hedged their bets by casting Kristen Stewart at the height of Twilight mania, but this was a tough sell. Most people forget this punk band even existed, and members Lita Ford and Joan Jett have had far more success in their solo careers. The film absolutely tanked, but that’s not because it’s poorly made. It’s actually pretty fun, even though it plays fast and loose with the facts. (We suspect this won the poll because a certain actress from the film has a lot of Internet-savvy fans.)

Read the rest here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/readers-poll-the-best-rock-movies-of-all-time-20130123

Thanks, KStew fans! 😀

POLL: Favorite NEW Joan Jett song?

It’s 2013, which means we haven’t had officially released new music from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in seven years. That may sound like a long time to wait, but it’s nothing compared to the TWELVE years we had to wait between 1994’s Pure and Simple and 2006’s Sinner.

Fortunately, The Blackhearts have been slowly unveiling new tracks for us at their live shows since 2011. The wait is nearly over! I THINK they are still planning to release something this year. *crosses fingers*

The cool thing about hearing new music like this is that we get to hear the way the songs evolve over time. If you find all the recordings of each of these songs on YouTube, you’ll find many instances where the lyrics have changed.

Here are the four new tracks I’ve heard so far. (Thank goodness for YouTube!) Pick your favorites in the poll at the bottom of the post.

1. Different

2. TMI:

3. Hard to Grow Up

4. Reality Mentality

Which new Joan Jett song is your favorite?

(Multiple votes are allowed.)

Have you seen better videos of the new songs? Post the URLs in the comments! 😀

2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 6 – TOP 5 songs!

Here we are, the home stretch. This is your top 5, voted on by you, of the best Joan Jett songs that are NOT “I Love Rock ‘N Roll.” Enjoy!

#5 You Drive Me Wild

This song is incredibly special to me, because it’s the first song Joan Jett ever wrote. Ever. If she had worried whether anyone would still care about it 35 years later, she shouldn’t have. This song definitely deserves its top 5 spot. It was the second track on the first Runaways album, The Runaways,  in 1976, but I like the Live in Japan version better.

And here’s what it sounds like 35 years later:

#4 Fetish

If Joan does two things incredibly well, it’s writing break-up songs, and writing songs about sex. This song contains lyrics of a frank and sexual nature. The censored version is really not any cleaner, so I won’t bother. If you are under 18 and listening to this, please keep this in mind: “You Drive Me Wild” was written by a 15-ish year-old Joan Jett. “Fetish” was written by Joan in her 30s–a grown woman. Please don’t try to grow up too fast. Never be ashamed of who you are, but please be safe, and respect yourself. You deserve it!

And, if you really pay attention to the lyrics, Joan is saying “YOU are my fetish”… not any of the crazy objects in the room or the acts they are performing. She is putting her partner first, in a reverent and respectful way, without losing her own identity in the process. It’s a grown-up love song. That’s how I hear it, anyway.

Here’s a live video. You can buy the recorded version on Sinner.

#3 Crimson and Clover

Over and over… BA DA DA DA DA DA… *Sways back and forth* …

Another awesome tricep workout. (Try it!) Many artists have covered this Tommy James and The Shondells tune, but this has to be the best one. I also posit that it is the best cover song of all time, in any generation, of any artist. Kenny Laguna was actually in The Shondells when this song was first written in the 1960s, and it still holds magic for him, as he explains to jupiterindex.com in this May 2007 interview:

I love it and there are certain parts of every show that I love every night. Like, I had ‘Crimson and Clover” with Tommy James and I have “Crimson and Clover” with Joan, so I’m so excited with that every time, every night. Every time I go to sing those “ba da das”. I’ve been singing those “ba da das’ since I was a teenager. Can you imagine? I see God when I do it, I really see God every night when we hit the “ba da das”, and at the end -“Crimson and Clover/ Over and over”. I still get excited like the first time I heard it.

#2 I Hate Myself For Loving You

I was born as a Jetthead the night I first saw this video on MTV. Up Your Alley was my first Blackhearts cassette. (Yes, I said cassette.) This is, perhaps, the best song Joan and Desmond Child ever wrote together. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and spent 26 weeks on the chart. I hope the NFL gives them both gobs of money every time Faith Hill sings “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” on Sunday Night Football.

And the song we’ve all been waiting for… Drumroll please…

#1 Bad Reputation

In my incredibly biased opinion, in a reversal of “Crimson and Clover,” many artists have covered this song, but none of them compare to the original. I wonder what the executives from the twenty-plus record labels that heard the demo for this song, and rejected it, think about it now. They clearly weren’t thinking when they told Joan to lose the guitar or that she had no talent. There is a reason this song is still being featured in movies, TV shows, and video games, 30 years after it was written (See IMDB). Because when you want to assert your independence, and defend yourself against the morons telling you how worthless you are, this is the only song that will do.

So go ahead, jump around like a fool and celebrate! No one is watching. And if they are, you shouldn’t give a damn anyway.

That’s it, finally! I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did! I am going to do this poll again in 2012, with a longer voting period to get more votes. Maybe by then we’ll have a few new tunes to choose from. (No pressure, Joan.) 🙂

I don’t know how I’m going to top this next year though. I’ll just “use the force,” I guess. 🙂

Have a blessed, happy, new year everyone! Happy 2012!

Part 1: #55 through #46
Part 2: #45 through #36
Part 3: #35 through #26
Part 4: #25 through #16
Part 5: #15 through #6

2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 5

Almost there! #15 to #6 in the top 55 best “non-I Love Rock ‘N Roll” Joan Jett songs of all time, as voted on by you, for your listening pleasure. 🙂

#15 I Wanna Be Your Dog

The club is dark. You’re in the first row, directly in front of Joan’s mic stand. You’re sweaty; Joan is sweaty. Joan puts down her guitar for the only time this night–she clearly means business. Unencumbered, she leans into you, reaches out her hand, and asks you to bark. Who are you to say no?

Here’s another one… No barking this time, but you can’t beat the visuals.

The original version by The Stooges is on The Runaways official motion picture soundtrack, if anyone still cares. Hehe. 😉

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2011 Greatest Joan Jett song of all time POLL RESULTS, part 4

Um… I guess I should finish revealing the rest of the 2011 Greatest Joan Jett Song of All Time poll results before 2012…

So here’s part 4, #25 to #16, in the top 55 best “non-I Love Rock ‘N Roll” Joan Jett songs of all time, as voted on by you. Enjoy!

#25 Waiting for the Night

For me, this is one of the most epic Runaways songs, ever. I could get lost in it for hours. Joan wrote this with Kari Krome and Kim Fowley for the album with the same name–the first album without Cherie Currie.

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Who deserves Goldmine’s vote to join the Rock Hall in 2012?

From Goldminemag.com:

“It’s that time of year again: Goldmine gets to cast its official vote with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the next year’s inductees.

So who should get Goldmine’s endorsement this year? That, dear voters, is all up to you. While we can’t promise that Goldmine’s picks will be the same as the artists who make the Rock Hall’s cut for induction, we can promise that our vote will be based solely on what you, the fans, feel is right. Goldmine is one of roughly 600 final voters to receive ballots.

Read the rest and cast your vote for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts here:

http://www.goldminemag.com/article/who-deserves-goldmines-vote-to-join-the-rock-hall-in-2012

The poll is in the sidebar on the right-hand side, about half-way down the page. They will only let you vote ONCE, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, spread this around to all of your Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, message boards, and any other social networking sites you use. We can’t guarantee that The Blackhearts will win, but we can at least get them this one vote.

KRISTEN STEWART FANS:

In the name of all that is Stewy, can  you help us Jettheads out by voting for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts? Pretty please? 🙂

Do you know of any other Rock Hall voters that are deciding their votes this way? If so, please post the link in the comments.

Thank You!!