I Love Rock ‘n Roll
In the late 70s, Joan Jett (neé Joan Larkin) tried to convince her group The Runaways to record a song she’d first heard in 1975 by Arrows called “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”, but Cherie Currie and the other gals decided to pass. (Big mistake. Huge.) Then, when The Runaways had called it quits and Joan struck out on a solo career, the fetching Miss Jett remembered the song and decided to record it on her own.
Big hit. Huge.
The hard-driving guitars, sneering vocals, and “We Will Rock You” drumbeat (not to mention the particularly universal message) ensured an instant hit.
By the time the dust had settled in the spring of 1982, “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” had spent 7 weeks as the #1 song in all the land, and it launched Jett into the musical stratosphere. Though she never topped the charts again, she had plenty of other hits (“Crimson and Clover”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”…) and she even got to make a movie with Michael J. Fox. Not too shabby.
Meanwhile, the rest of The Runaways are still slapping their foreheads.
We ♥ I Love Rock ‘n Roll.