Saturday, April 9, 2016

"Everyday People" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Song#:  1606
Date:  09/10/1983
Debut:  73
Peak:  37
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Jett's fourth LP, Album, didn't get off to a great start with the single "Fake Friends" stalling just inside the Pop Top 40 and peaking at #18 at Rock. This next single would do about the same business at Pop while missing the Rock chart completely. The one-two thud of singles left the album floundering at #20 and only going gold - a far cry from their platinum #2 disc I Love Rock 'n' Roll.

ReduxReview:  Jett takes this classic (see below) and dresses it up in some rock leather and the outcome is not too bad. She and the band don't really toy with the tune much at all, so it ends up just being a straight-up cover version. That's okay, I guess, but I expected something a little more creative from Jett & Co. by this point. It is well-done and sounds good, but if you are gonna cover a classic, you better bring something new to the table that will please those who already know the tune and attract those who don't.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1)  This is a remake of Sly and the Family Stone's #1 smash from 1968. Although this song has been covered by many artists, Sly Stone's original recording and Joan Jett's remake have been the only ones to cracked the Pop chart. However, hip-hop group Arrested Development did use parts of the song as the basis for their 1992 hit "People Everyday." That single reached #8 on the Pop chart.  2) Although this song wouldn't hit the Rock chart, it did make an appearance on another chart. It became Jett's second song to crossover to the Dance chart. It peaked at a minor #43. Jett's first Dance entry was "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," which hit #31.


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