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Light of Day
Do You Wanna Touch Me
Victim of Circumstance
You Drive Me Wild
The French Song
Love Is Pain
Hard To Grow Up
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Crimson and Clover
I Hate Myself for Loving You
By Rachael Recker, on April 22, 2012
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts still know how to make electrifying rock — even on a ballpark field in the middle of the day.
Joan Jett at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore on Sunday (Rachael Recker/SWRNN)
Over 7,000 fans packed Diamond Stadium, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm, Sunday afternoon for a couple of America’s pastimes — baseball and rock ‘n’ roll. Many remained after the Storm’s 2:05 p.m. game against the Lancaster JetHawks to watch Jett and her band perform on a stage set up behind second base.
Those who bought a game ticket could see the concert for free.
The over hour-long performance was held in celebration of Storm owner Gary Jacob’s birthday.
Jett delivered a broad spectrum of numbers with solid spot-on vocals, cranking out her hits like “Cherry Bomb,” “Bad Reputation,” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” as well as growling out “Fake Friends,” “The French Song” and “You Drive Me Wild.”
Jett will perform in the area again on June 19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Pure And Simple was released in 1994. With the album, Joan Jett and her Blackhearts were ready to go–1990s style. Fully embracing the neo-punk generalizations of this time’s riot grrrls, Jett still had a couple of things she can show them. As a teen, Jett watched bands like the Sex Pistols capture the media’s attention. Realizing the power of image, but also aware that she was a rocker and not a “punk,” Jett found herself in a dilemma. While she dressed overtly “rock” and played the part of having a “Bad Reputation”, there wasn’t the same niche for rock bad girls then.
From its title to its tough core, Pure And Simple was a return to form for Joan Jett. Encouraged by a new generation of riot grrls who held her early work up as the inspirational lightning rod it was (including L7 and Bikini Kill, who contribute here), Jett shook off the doldrums and found her way back to the nails-for-breakfast, queen-bitch persona that she was really all about. Pure And Simple rocks with a gritty realism.
Joan grabbed the attention of a new generation of teenage girls who, by the grace of generational placement, are reportedly more concerned with playing their instruments and forming bands than how they look. With Pure And Simple, Jett shows off the driving snarl that made her early albums so refreshing, and spices the mixture with the vocabulary of the 1990s. Spanning aesthetics from songwriting collaborations with Kathleen (Bikini Kill) Hanna‘s “grrrl style now” politic, to Desmond Child‘s blue-eyed soul, Jett proves what made her so invaluable as a Runaway and a Blackheart. Indeed, Jett tells it the way it should be, PURE AND SIMPLE.
Pure And Simple was the first album to feature a new line up of Blackheart band members since the departure of long time guitarist Ricky Byrd and bassist Kasim Sulton after the release of Jett’s last album, Notorious. This new line up consisted of legendary bassist Kenny Aaronson and lead guitarist Tony “Bruno” Rey. Pure and Simple would be the last Joan Jett & the Blackhearts release until 2006′s Sinner. In 1995, both Aaronson and Rey went on to other projects. Aaronson would eventually become a member of the reunited New York Dolls- coincidentally taking over for bassist Sami Yaffa, his replacement in the Blackhearts and Rey became the musical director for Enrique Iglesias and pop sensation Rihanna.
1. Go Home (Jett, Kathleen Hanna)
2. Eye To Eye (Jett, Kenny Laguna, Jim Vallance)
3. Spinster (Jett, Kathleen Hanna)
4. Torture (Jett, Kenny Laguna, Jim Vallance)
5. Rubber & Glue (Jett, Kathleen Hanna)
6. As I Am (Jett, Desmond Child)
7. Activity Grrrl (Jett, Kathleen Hanna)
8. Insecure (Jett, Kenny Laguna, Jim Vallance)
9. Wonderin’ (Jett, Kenny Laguna, Jim Vallance)
10. Consumed (Jett, Thommy Price)
11. You Got A Problem (Jett, Hanna, Desmond Child)
12. Brighter Day (Jett, Desmond Child)
13. World Of Denial (Jett, K. Aaronson) (Japanese Pressing, VICP-5396)
14. Hostility (Jett, D. Sparks) (Japanese Pressing, VICP-5396)
• Released: 1994
• Personnel: Joan Jett, Thommy Price, Kenny Aaronson, Tony Bruno.
• Label: Warner Brothers
• Producers: Kenny Laguna, Thom Panunzio, Jim Vallance, Desmond Child, Ed Stasium.
Hostility and World Of Denial are added on the Japanese pressings. The Japanese cover differs from regular cover.
Get Off The Cross was also recorded during these sessions.
Concurrently released in the US on vinyl LP, CD, and cassette, all versions varying slightly. The record album came with a hype sticker that read “All Rock. No Ballads” and features the track Here to Stay co-written by Jett and Kat Bjelland. A few seconds of the song are also heard on the cassette at the very end of Side One before fading out.
Jett independently put out Spinster as a 7-inch blue vinyl single in the US with a picture sleeve. The B-sides were Go Home and Hostility. The track World Of Denial was eventually released in the U.S. on Jett’s greatest hits album Fit To Be Tied.
Joanie was in 87th position.
“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.”