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“Lead guitarists gave rock its icons; rhythm players gave it soul. The line runs from Eddie Cochran to Pete Townshend to Johnny Ramone, a lineage in which Joan Jett should not be taken lightly. In the early Runaways and the later Black-hearts, she played it straight ahead: No frills, all heart, no fucking around.”
Tank Girl is a 1995 science fiction action film loosely based on the Tank Girl comic book created by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett. It was directed by Rachel Talalay and stars Lori Petty as Rebecca Buck, aka the eponymous Tank Girl, who had originally appeared in the UK comic magazine Deadline.
Joan Jett, with Paul Westerberg, of The Replacements (who had collaborated with Joan on the album Notorious, of 1991, in the hit single Backlash) collaborated in the formulation of the movie soundtrack, with a song: Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love, a popular song written in 1928 by Cole Porter.
The music consultant who assembled the soundtrack for the film was Courtney Love. Talalay originally wanted Elvis Costello to do the cover version of Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love, but he declined, and the song was instead performed as a duet by Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg.
This punk rock version performed by Joan and Paul was used as the theme song in the Tank Girl movie, and later in a more classical version in a musical revue number within the film. In the revue, the song is at first performed by stage actress Ann Magnuson, but is taken over by star Lori Petty after she places duct tape over Magnuson‘s mouth.
The cover by Joan was originally recorded with Joan Jett and Greg Graffin, but Atlantic Records didn’t want them using Greg so they deleted his voice and recorded Paul’s. Joan Jett and Greg Graffin’s version of Let’s Do It was eventually released in 2000 on the compilation CD Laguna Tunes (Blackheart Records).
Shakira was considered the sexiest woman in the world of music of all time, according to a survey by the LA Weekly magazine. In the list, other 20 celebrities appears, including JOAN JETT, Beyonce and Britney Spears.
Britney Spears is the second, followed by Debbie Harry (Blondie), while Beyoncé appears in fourth place. The fifth position is of Avril Lavigne, followed by Shirley Manson, and Madonna, in the seventh. Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Brody Dalley, JOAN JETT, Stevie Nicks, Nico, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, Sheila E, Liz Phair and Samantha Fox are the other singers who are in the top 20 sexiest celebrities.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Philadelphia. I lived in Pittsburgh, PA for a couple of years, and then I lived in Erie, PA for a couple of years. I moved to Rockville, MD for five very formative years, from age 8 to 12. That’s when I started to get into rock n’ roll. I saw Black Sabbath when I was a kid. I saw the New York Dolls.
You saw the Dolls?
Yeah. I saw the Dolls in D.C.
Wow. How was that?
It was amazing. I was in the front row, and I stole David Johansen’s beer bottle. That was one of my first rock n’ roll souvenirsoh, yeah. Absolutely.It was this club on Sunset Boulevard. It was really geared to teenagers. They played all the British music that was coming out of England in the early ’70s that the American kids had never heard because it was all disco in America in the mid ’70s. So I’d go to this club, and all the kids dressed outrageously with huge platform shoes and glitter. Everyone was very androgynous. The boys wore make-up. Everyone was very flamboyant. It was all really cool to me. That’s where I was turned on to a lot of Bowie, T Rex, Sweet, Slade and Suzi Quatro. They were great records. They were three-minute songs with big choruses and handclaps and very prominent drums. Not to mention, I got to hear Suzi Quatro. Then I was thinking, “Here’s a girl doing it. It’s a girl playing rock n’ roll.”Absolutely. “Glycerin Queen” and “48 Crash”. It doesn’t get better than that.Exactly. So I thought, “If she’s doing it, than I can do it, and if I can do it, than there has to be other girls here in Hollywood that want to do it.” That was really the impetus. So I started talking to my friends to see if anyone played an instrument. I spoke to this girl that I used to hang out with named Kari Chrome. I thought she played an instrument, but it turns out that she was a lyricist. Her publisher and songwriting partner was a guy named Kim Fowley. She said, “Why don’t you talk to Kim? He might be able to help you.” I was very naive. So I spoke to Kim a little bit. I told him that I played guitar and that I wanted to form an all-girl band. He asked me if I had any demo tapes. I didn’t even know what a demo tape was.
So a lot of the guys gave you a hard time?
There were plenty of guys that gave us shit and were very nasty. That certainly carried on past The Runaways and into my own thing. I had bands say, “I can’t believe I have to share the stage with a bitch.”
What the fuck is that about? They’re just uptight and jealous.?
It’s some weird testosterone thing. I don’t understand why they feel so threatened. I find it really interesting, as a social question about our society. What is it that gets some people so bent out of shape? They’re so locked into these roles that women have to be subservient and they can’t just own their own selves. I think with rock n’ roll, just the words “rock n’ roll” imply sexuality. They wouldn’t show Elvis from the waist down. Chuck Berry was thought of as someone who was going to come and take your 14 year old away. Rock n’ roll was always thought of as a very sexual medium. I think when a girl says she’s going to play rock n’ roll, she’s declaring that she’s owning her sexuality and telling you what she’s going to do with it and not the other way around. Some people find that really threatening.
Do you still get that nowadays?
Yeah. I just felt it super recently. I’m sure things are still said. It’s still out there. One of the Molly Hatchet guys said something about it not too long ago. I think people are more receptive now, though.
It still seems like men are a bunch of dicks?
I guess there will always be a certain segment that will never change. It’s like the 34% that still think Bush is doing a good job. That’s never going to change. There’s always the 34% that’s going to stay there, regardless of what he does. It’s the same with anything.Yeah. I just wonder when humanity is going to set in and people will realize that it’s all good.I’m coming to realize that I don’t think it’s ever going to happen.
Right on. So The Runaways had their success. Why did you guys break up?
I think it all really came down to musical differences. A couple of the girls wanted to go in a heavier direction and I wanted to stay with mainstream rock n’ roll and punk rock. I was like, “Okay. Let’s just say goodbye.” So we broke up in 1979.
So you got to see the whole punk rock thing in England?
Yeah. I did. I left America in platforms and glitter, and came back all punked-out. I got to see the Clash early on, when people in America were just reading about them. I remember the people in LA were really excited, because we were the first people on the block to get to England and see what was going on. I went out and saw The Clash play on the first album. There were 2000 kids all jumping up in the air at the same time, which we had never experienced or even thought about in America. This was when they still called it pogoing. It was so overwhelming. It was just incredible. It was so powerful. It felt really good to see that and come back to the States and try to just carry that on.
Joan Jett is coming to Soutwest Riverside County in April to jam for fans who attend a Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball game at The Diamond.
The performance April 22 will be free to those attending the game and will begin about 30 minutes after its conclusion.
The game is set to start at 2:05 p.m. and Jett will perform a 90-minute set behind second base in honor of Storm Basball owner Gary Jacobs, according to Storm Baseball spokesperson Eric Theiss.
Tickets to the game and concert start at $9 — if purchased in advance — and can be bought online at stormbaseball.com.