If you decide to give your song this title, you better have the chops to back it up. And I’m happy to report the Dollyrots deliver in spades! If you love rock n’ roll, there’s no way you can listen to this without a huge grin on your face. The fact that this was recorded for Joan Jett’s Blackheart label comes as no surprise.
Get your platform shoes and flares on. This is a nice latter-day approximation of crunchy, hooky, foot-stomping Gary Glitter / Sweet style 1970s glitter rock served up by Weezer. Would love to hear Joan Jett do a cover of this. From the 2009 album “Raditude.”
This is the Clinger Sisters doing a really awesome cover of the Easybeats’ “Good Times.” Just try not to frug too violently when you here this.
Re: the Clinger Sisters, I don’t know much about them, other than they were a group of Mormon sisters from Utah that used to perform with the Osmonds when they were very young, but then got the rock and roll bug and hooked up with the legendary and infamous self-proclaimed “Lord of Garbage” Kim Fowley, a scenario that sounds like the Russ Meyer-directed / Roger Ebert-scripted “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” … but probably not … who knows?
If you’re not sure who Fowley is, he was the manager and producer of Joan Jett’s and Lita Ford’s first band The Runaways. If you see “The Runaways” film, he’s the guy in short shorts and makeup throwing garbage and yelling obscenities at his teenage proteges (a brilliant performance by Michael Shannon, by the way).
One of my favorite Runaways songs, “Take It or Leave It” features Joan Jett on vocals, a molar-loosening drum sound by Sandy West, and a twin guitar attack by Jett and Lita Ford. From the 1977 album “Queens of Noise.”
Joan covers Sweet’s 1975 anthem about a girlfriend who can’t make up her mind, if you know what I mean. Sadly, Joan has the same problem with said girlfriend that Sweet’s Brian Connolly did back in the day (probably made worse by the fact that she looks exactly like Carmen Electra). Fortunately for Joan, at 46 (when this was recorded), she still looks and sounds great and can rock the house just as good as she could when she was a teenager with The Runaways.