The new website for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Greatest Hits is:
You can listen to each song and read the stories behind their creation, some of which may surprise even long-time Jettheads. Here are a few things I never knew:
Joan wrote “Love is Pain” while she was in The Runaways. The original had different lyrics for the chorus, with a similar sentiment, however, the song was originally called, “One of Them.” Joan rewrote the song once she began working with Kenny, and together they wrote the lyrics, “We are not ashamed, to say that love is pain.” The track appeared on 1981’s, “I Love Rock n Roll.”
“You Don’t Know What You Got” was the first song Joan and Kenny wrote together. Kenny “fell in love” when Joan sang the “oh baby.” This began the 30 year collaboration as songwriting partners and Kenny at the production helm. Joan’s usually performs songs before going into the studio and recording, so most almost every song contains a stage ending. This song is one of only a couple of songs with a fade-out ending in the whole 30 years.
And if you ever wanted to know why Joan doesn’t speak French correctly in “The French Song”, that story is in there too, along with many others. 🙂 (Hey Blackheart, a trivia contest would be an awesome way to promote this CD. Just sayin’.)
The site is loaded with videos and pictures, many of which I’ve never seen. Check it out now!
The collection is available everywhere today, March 9th. (See the links in the left-hand sidebar.) I don’t know which retail stores are selling it, so let me know where you see it!
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits comes out tomorrow, March 9th, and Blackheart Records is launching a special website to promote it.
Blackheart sent me a screen shot of the new site. www.joanjett.com will redirect you there tomorrow:
It’s hard to see from the picture, but it looks like the site will show videos and have a bio/background page for each song. It looks pretty cool!
If you are on Twitter, Blackheart tells me that the hashtag they want to use to create a trending topic for this CD is #joanjettgreatesthits. Tweet away!
Multiple Sarcasms, the movie starring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in drag as the “night club band”, may not be released in March as originally planned. The IMDB page still lists the release date as March 2010, but Moviefone now lists the release date as May 7, 2010. The official website still just says “Spring of 2010”. I’ll keep you posted if it changes again.
Here is the updated schedule for all of the Runaways/Joan Jett stuff coming in March:
- Release of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes, which contains a Joan Jett and Lita Ford comic. You can pre-order Volume 1 at Amazon HERE. The Runaways will make an appearance in Volume 9, SMASH! A Punk/Alternative Retrospective. Read more about each volume HERE. Since I originally posted about this, Jay Allen Sanford, one of the minds behind the original Rock ‘N’ Roll comics, told me that a full-length comic dedicated to Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and The Runaways was in the works by Bluewater Productions, but Bluewater has not made the official announcement and no release date has been set. Rock ‘N’ Roll comics were originally published in the 1990’s, so if you already have those comics, it doesn’t look like these will be anything new for you.
- Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, on Vinyl, CD, and now iTunes. You can preorder all three now. The iTunes version is a Deluxe Edition with a bonus track and music videos! (At first, I wasn’t going to buy this because I have all of these songs, but the music videos on iTunes are calling to me. I think I’m going to buy that one.)
- Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select. You can preorder it from Hip-O Select, CD Universe, and Amazon.
- Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books. Preorder it HERE.
- Premiere of The Runaways movie in the US and Canada.
- Release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack. You can preorder it from Amazon HERE.
Start saving your money. You will be broke in March. But you will be happy. 😀
According to MusicTap and Pause&Play, Hip-O Select is releasing an anthology of all of The Runaways’ Mercury Records albums on March 16th, called The Mercury Albums Anthology. (Thanks to blacknblue77 for the tip on the message board.)
The Hip-O Select website doesn’t mention it, so I have no idea yet what it may cost, or if it will include anything rare or previously unreleased. I’ll let you know when I hear something.
Click HERE to see a discography of Runaways music. The Mercury Records albums were The Runaways, Queens of Noise, Live in Japan, and Waitin’ for the Night. I have all of these on CD from Amazon.com, but it looks like most of them are out of stock there or nearly so.
For those keeping score at home, here’s everything we have on deck for March so far:
- Release of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics series was published in the 1990’s and is now being republished by Bluewater Productions as a series of graphic novels. Volume 1 contains the Joan Jett/Lita Ford comic. These comics were unauthorized biographies, so take it with a grain of salt. But they are still cool to have. You can pre-order Volume 1 at Amazon HERE. The Runaways will make an appearance in Volume 9, SMASH! A Punk/Alternative Retrospective. Read more about each volume HERE. (FYI to Twilight fans: Bluewater Productions also publishes the Female Force comics; you may have seen the one they did on Stephenie Meyer.)
- Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, probably on Blackheart Records.
- Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select.
- Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books.
- Premiere of The Runaways movie in the US and Canada.
- US release of Multiple Sarcasms, starring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as the night club band. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but right now it is supposed to happen sometime in March.
We’ve been hearing rumblings about a monster JJBH greatest-hits package since 2008. (Source) The Runaways’ website announced this week that it would be released this March, no doubt to coincide with the release of The Runaways movie on March 19th. Continue reading