Radio XV, side B, track 6: “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n RollOh, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, it’s always a gamble when you include the name of your genre of music in the song that you’re singing, because it kinda raises the expectation that the song you’re singing is going to be quintessentially representing that genre of music.  So when I hear a song that includes the genre of music in the title of a song, I always have high expectations, because you’re representing a whole genre of music, and when you have “Rock ‘n Roll” in the title, well, that’s a big awesome genre of music to be representing.  Well, anyway, that was a pretty awkward way of saying that if we were to use this song as a primer for someone who has never heard rock and roll before, this would be perfect to play for them, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.  It’s such a ridiculously great song and yes, it is an anthem for rock and roll and why those of us who love the rock and roll love the rock and roll.  That angry rock growl, those guitar licks that sound kinda unrehearsed and not exactly perfect but awesome anyway, that’s what rock and roll is all about, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.  That, and checking out the guy by the jukebox and taking him home with you.  I don’t know who that guy was, but he is one lucky S.O.B.

“I Love Rock ‘n Roll”

I saw him dancin’ there by the record machine

Knew he must’a been about seventeen

The beat was goin’ strong
Playin’ my favorite song

And I could tell it wouldn’t be long ’til he was with me
Yeah, me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long ’til he was with me, yeah, me, singin’ I love rock ‘n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock ‘n roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

Ow!

He smiled, so I got up and asked for his name

“But that don’t matter”, he said, “’cause it’s all the same”

He said, “Can I take ya home
Where we can be alone?”

And next we were movin’ on, he was with me
Yeah, me

Next we were movin’ on, he was with me, yeah, me, singin’ I love rock ‘n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock ‘n roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

Ow!

<awesome Joan Jett & The Blackhearts jam>

He said, “Can I take ya home
Where we can be alooooone?”
Next we were movin’ on, he was with me
Yeah, me
And we’ll be movin’ on and singin’ that same old song, yeah, with me
Singin’ I love rock ‘n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock ‘n roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

I love rock ‘n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock ‘n roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock ‘n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock ‘n roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock ‘n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock ‘n roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock ‘n roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock ‘n roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

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3 thoughts on “Radio XV, side B, track 6: “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

  1. moimorr says:

    Ooh I love love love this! Wish I had a jukebox at home!

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  2. […] what I’m thinking.  “Yeah, man, good times.”  This one ranks up there with “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” and “Old Time Rock & Roll” as one of the best rock anthems that just celebrates […]

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  3. […] Especially since in my humble opinion this song captures that same raw rock and roll goodness as “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”.  In fact, this song seems kinda like the sequel to that song.  In that song, you were picking up […]

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