Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Song#:  1128
Date:  07/31/1982
Debut:  69
Peak:  20
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After two Top 10 hits from her album "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," which included the #1 title track, Boardwalk Records reached back to Jett's first album for this next single. Jett's original self-titled debut had been picked up by Boardwalk, retitled "Bad Reputation," and issued early in 1981. So while Jett readied her third album, this stop-gap single kept her on the chart and became her third Top 20 entry.

ReduxReview:  Jett slams out another tasty remake and keeps up her reputation as rock's reigning bad girl. It's crunchy, in your face, and a little dirty. What more could you want? I don't think it is in the same league as "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," but Jett certainly had the ability to rock the crap out of these older songs.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of the 1973 glam rock hit by Gary Glitter. The song did not chart in the US, but it did reach #2 in the UK and was his third in a streak of ten Top 10 hits. By contrast, Glitter was only able to reach the US chart twice with the #7 "Rock and Roll Part 2" being his best outing. Glitter was the co-writer of "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and that later caused some controversy for its use in a Hewlett Packard commercial and in the TV show "Glee." Glitter was a registered sex offender in the UK stemming from convictions for owning child pornography (UK) and criminal child sex abuse (Vietnam). The song's use sparked strong reactions due to the song's subject matter, Glitter's history, and royalty payment that would go to Glitter.  


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