September 26, 2011 – 4:42 am

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New York 1980 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Bottom Line, New York, NY; December 27, 1980. Slight echo, good to very good WNEW-FM broadcast.

Bad Reputation in 1980 was Joan Jett’s first album after The Runaways disbanded. According to the press notes for the album: ‘Earning the right to be onstage wasn’t easy. “I’ve slept on a lot of floors and eaten the rolls and salads off of a lot of other people’s Holiday Inn room service trays to get where I am,” says Jett.’

And Jim Farber in The Village Voice wrote:

The entire album, as well as the live show I saw at The Bottom Line a few weeks ago, comes off as a spontaneous declaration of independence. Jett’s new songs of defiance and autonomy have the ultra-catchy hooks much of the Runaways’ material lacked and live she’s working with by far her best and tightest band to date. Jett’s Revlon-rock influences are now more obvious than ever, in the music as well as in her persona, with two strong Gary Glitter renditions and a real Mott “All the Way from Memphis”-style sax freak-out in the recorded version of “Jezebel.” More contemporary influences explode into the blitzkrieg blur of chords in “Bad Reputation” or the anarchy of Cook and Jones in “Don’t Abuse Me.”

A solid performance, this show appears widely shared among fans. Pity the sound just couldn’t match the combustive vitriol of the band. (Or is this what they mean by loudness saturation?)

Thanks to 38f who shared the tracks in 2006. Front cover from - thanks.

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Track 01. DJ intro (1.5MB)
Track 02. Intro/Bad Reputation (4.3MB)
Track 03. (I’m Gonna) Run Away Don’t Abuse Me (5.3MB)
Track 04. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (5.4MB)
Track 05. Wait For Me (The Runaways’ cover) (8.0MB)
Track 06. Too Bad On Your Birthday (jumpin’ in after the break) (4.4MB)
Track 07. Teenage Sex Machine (6.3MB)
Track 08. You’re Too Possessive (6.8MB)
Track 09. Wooly Bully (6.3MB)
Track 10. Band intro (1.1MB)
Track 11. Bad Lover Black Leather (5.4MB)
Track 12. Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) (5.8MB)
Track 13. Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover) (5.3MB)
Track 14. Shout (5.4MB)
Track 15. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (7.2MB)
Track 16. I Love Playin’ With Fire (5.9MB)

Joan Jett - vocals, guitars
Eric Ambel - guitars
Gary Ryan - bass
Lee Crystal - drums

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  1. 11 Responses to “JOAN JETT - NEW YORK 1980”

  2. hey bigo, i’ll give this a try. i’m not a huge fan, but it’s something different. this show is old school and has some hits on it so it’s probably pretty good.

    i like the resistance show she’s on that i got here three years ago. it’s good. i’ve played it six times. i must like it.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 26, 2011

  3. hey bigo, track 3 is don’t abuse me not what’s listed.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 26, 2011

  4. hey bigo, track 6 is too bad on your birthday. i’m still listening, but, i find anymore inaccuracies i will post them here.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 26, 2011

  5. Hello Ed

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 26, 2011

  6. sure bigo. ok it’s not bad lover it’s black leather. it’s a sex pistols song.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 26, 2011

  7. actually black leather i think was the professionals which was after the pistols. it was steve jones and paul cook. i think, the singer of the buzzcocks sang. i’m really not a pistols aficionado, though.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 26, 2011

  8. ed is the man….thanks for the corrections

    By JamWel on Sep 27, 2011

  9. you rock, jamwel. thanks!

    best to you,

    By Ed Saad on Sep 27, 2011

  10. Interesting to note that, although they play it here as an encore, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” wasn’t recorded until about a year later. It would still be another 15 months before it topped the charts.

    By Chance on May 14, 2015

  11. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll I an Arrows cover.

    By Joe on May 14, 2015

  12. Love Joan Jett. Saw her play live twice around this time. I knew a guy named Artie who used to go to all her shows in the NYC and New Jersey. He said she used to come out after the show and play the pinball machines in the clubs if they had one.

    By John Clem on May 15, 2015

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