It goes without saying that Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' greatest hits album is just about the best guilty pleasure record out there. In point of fact, I really tried to use The Blackhearts in The great Vizsla Theoretical backup band knife fight discussion of last month. Except that I couldn't think of anybody who stood a chance against them. Not even the Robert Palmer girls, and they're cannibal robots.*
*Which may mean that they eat other robots...
Allow me to take this opportunity to refer you to just one of the many reasons this album kicks ass -
So clearly, Joan Jett is supercool. But when you think about it, 'Joan' isn't a name that particularly lends itself to 'cool'
My name is Joan, and I'm cool anyway.
(Although I may have had a little work done...)
The only other notable Joan's that I'd even consider in the catagory-
Clearly the coolest Joan of all time
It's not her fault that her brother is apparently kind of a jerk in real life.
I know, I know. I didn't used to think so either.
But I saw her make a really gracious acceptance speech once that made me think, '
Hey Joan Osborne. You're pretty cool.
She was pretty awesome.
I'm glad that we've settled this issue.