Jun 282011
 

Take one part punk, mix in one part glam, one part heavy metal and a whole lot of teenage sass and you get the perfect rock’n’roll band: The Runaways. Remarkably young – the oldest members of the band were 17 upon the release of their eponymous first record – the band dissolved amongst a haze of drug abuse and musical differences after four studio albums. Joan Jett continued to hold the punk torch post-breakup, building a successful career backed by the Blackhearts. Now indie rock’n’punk connoisseurs Main Man Records have compiled an extensive two-disc tribute celebrating the music of the Runaways.

The release is not without controversy. Jett and singer Cherie Currie have sued to block the release complaining that the label has used their names to promote the album without permission. Somewhat fitting given that in their time the stories that swirled around the band often overshadowed the music they made. Continue reading »

May 052011
 
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts

For any ex-punks who find Joan Jett’s abrasive attitude and hard-hitting drive too much for tired ears, this is just the cover for you. Indie band Babbling April (named after Graham Greene’s 1925 poetry book) released their eponymous debut album last month, and one track on it is an acoustic “cover/adaptation” of Joan Jett’s classic rocker “Bad Reputation,” renamed simply “Reputation.”
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Mar 092011
 

Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.


Gwyneth Paltrow and Uncle Jesse make their return and the Purple One has his musical debut on last night’s episode of Glee, tantalizingly titled “Sexy.” After Brittany has a pregnancy scare brought on by seeing a stork build a nest outside her window, Will realizes the kids in his glee club need some serious sexual education, to be delivered by everyone’s favorite substitute teacher, Holly Holiday (Paltrow). Of course anything that gets the kids talking about sex surely leads to drama, trysts, hilarity and awkwardness. What would Glee be without them? Continue reading »