Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock N Roll (Hooker/Merrill) b/w Love Is Pain (Jett) 1982
Originally released in 1982, the re-release of Jett’s number one US single followed a decade later and opened up the former Runaway to a whole new audience of hair metal devotees.
Tracks like 1988’s I Hate Myself For Lovin You and 1990’s Dirty Deeds had ensured the original rock chick was already a favourite on MTV.
But the clamour for more of her best known tune was too much and in 1992 she remixed I Love Rock N Roll on a self-released four-track Japanese EP of the same name – sparking a resurgence in all things Jett.
Those who witnessed Joan’s support slots in UK arenas across the country a couple of years ago – when comeback record Sinner was pushing for a top 50 spot in the UK albums charts – can testify to the fact that the 53-year-old has lost none of her charm or energy.
But to all but her devoted fanbase she will always be a one hit wonder as far as British audiences are concerned after I Love Rock N Roll’s original release saw the track reach number four in the UK top 40.
Backed with the self-penned Love Is Pain, the artwork on this seven incher pitches Jett somewhere between the NWOBHM and the new romantics with her punk rock roots barely evident.
But the song itself has Runaways written all over it and former band mate Lita Ford never enjoyed a hit record in this league.