Song of the Day #3,805: ‘Crimson and Clover’ – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

The Go-Go’s set a record for sales by a female act, but they weren’t the only trailblazers in 1981. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ I Love Rock ‘n Roll sold more than 10 million copies and put its title track atop Billboard’s Hot 100 for seven weeks.

Jett released several albums with the Runaways and one solo record before forming The Blackhearts and dropping this smash hit. The album is full of crunchy guitars and sexy swagger. It’s not so much a collection of great songs as a half hour of raw, seductive girl power turned up to 11.

Four of the albums ten tracks are covers, including the two most famous: ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’ and ‘Crimson and Clover.’ But Jett makes those songs her own. No offense to the originals, by The Arrows and Tommy James and the Shondells, respectively, but why would you want to hear any other version than hers?

I was a little young in 1981 to have more than just juvenile crushes, but I recall having impure thoughts about Joan Jett. Just check out what a stone-cold fox she is in the video for today’s SOTD.

Ah, now I don’t hardly know her
But I think I can love her
Crimson and clover

Ah, now when she comes walkin’ over
Now I’ve been waitin’ to show her
Crimson and clover
Over and over

Yeah, if I’m not such a sweet thing
I wanna do everything
What a beautiful feelin’
Crimson and clover
Over and over

Crimson and clover, over and over
Crimson and clover, over and over
Crimson and clover, over and over
Crimson and clover, over and over

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,805: ‘Crimson and Clover’ – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I knew this song was a cover and have heard the original on the radio a number of times. I too prefer Jett’s more muscular version. I had no idea though that “i Love Rock and Roll” was a cover.

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