Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Crimson and Clover" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1015
Date:  05/01/1982
Debut:  63
Peak:  7
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Jett's massive hit "I Love Rock n' Roll" was still in the #1 slot when this follow-up single was issued. Although not as successful, the song did quite well and found its way into the Top 10. It did about as well at rock radio reaching #6 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

ReduxReview:  Jett & Co. totally rip through this pop/psychedelic classic (see below). I dug it and bought the single. It doesn't surpass the original, but I love how Jett amps it up, especially in her sneering "yeah's." She's obviously a terrific musician, but she is also gorgeous. Even though the video is really crappy, it's worth watching just to see her.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This is a remake of a 1968 song by Tommy James & the Shondells. Written by Tommy James and Peter Lucia, Jr., the group recorded the song and James had a rough mix of it with him when visiting a Chicago radio station for an interview. He was talked into playing the tune for them off the air, but the station secretly recorded the song and then proceeded to play it on the air later as an exclusive. Audience response was huge and eventually James and the record company had little choice but to issue the single in the rough mix version. It went to #1 and became the group's biggest hit.  2) Jett's album, "I Love Rock n' Roll" consisted of several remakes. One oddity on the original pressings of the album was Jett's version of the Christmas tune "Little Drummer Boy." Since the album had been originally release near the end of 1981, it seemed fine to include the song. After the holidays had past, further pressings replaced the song with "Woe Is Me," a Jett composition that served as the b-side to "Crimson and Clover."


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