The legendary queen of Rock’n’Roll, Joan Jett has teamed up with her band The Blackhearts to gift us an acoustic album of all of her most iconic hits. This is Joan’s first-ever acoustic album and the format really brings the songs to life in a new way and lets you appreciate her lyrics even more. It’s also being released on the label Blackheart, which Joan is a co-founder of. We see you, queen! There are so many amazing performances to dive into, but here are a few of our favorites to get you started!
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‘Bad Reputation – Acoustic’
We don’t condone violence here at THP, but this song makes us want to chuck a bunch of stuff around and lose our cool. The song is iconic for so many reasons and many of us may remember it from that iconic scene in Shrek, but the song itself deserves so much credit. Joan Jett was once the bad girl of Rock’n’Roll while it was still very much a male-dominated space. She may have had a ‘Bad Reputation‘ but she was making a name for herself and trailblazing for all the incredible women in rock who came after her. For that, Joan, we say thank you.
‘Cherry Bomb – Acoustic’
Another feminist bad girl anthem, ‘Cherry Bomb’ was originally written for Joan’s all-female band, The Runaways, but Joan Jett and The Blackhearts have made it their own since. The song has been used on the soundtracks of some iconic TV shows and films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Fear Street Part Two: 1978. The song is absolutely timeless. Turns out, it rocks just as hard acoustically.
‘Crimson and Clover – Acoustic’
A cover of Tommy James and The Shondell’s ‘Crimson and Clover’ is already one of the most popular tracks on the album. Joan’s original version of this spiced up the song with her signature rock vibe and hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 after she released it on the I Love Rock and Roll album. It seems people love the acoustic version just as much! It’s racked up over 10,000 streams over the weekend alone. Not bad!
“Now I don’t hardly know her, But I think I could love her, Crimson and Clover…”
‘Fake Friends – Acoustic’
The lead single from Joan’s third album, appropriately named Album, ‘Fake Friends’ has also gotten the acoustic treatment and we love it! The song is about friendships that aren’t serving you. People who are unsupportive or have ulterior motives for being kind to you? Yeah, not worth it. Joan is telling you that you’re better off without those negative and draining friendships, and losing them isn’t really losing a friend. It’s a reminder we could all use from time to time. Thanks, queen!
You can catch Joan Jett and The Blackhearts out on tour from next month. It will be a show you don’t want to miss! Get your tickets here!
Are you loving the album as much as we are? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter @TheHoneyPop! You can also reach us on Facebook or Instagram if that’s more your vibe. Either way, we’ll be rocking out acoustic style! Come rock with us!