FETISH by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Sex and rock & roll have always gone together (from the Beatles' screaming fans and Elvis' censored pelvic rotations), but they've seldom been so blended on the album Fetish by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. This album pretty much lacks subtlety but makes up for it with raw rock and roll.

The title track, which starts the album (and, oddly, also ends it), sets the mood for the rest of the album: grinding guitars, lyrics that are knky and straight to the point, and Joan's trademark voice. This continues through the rest of the album, from a song praising threesomes ("The French Song") to a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Star Star" (whose title I bet was changed since the refrain has a very naughty word). By the time Fetish reaches a live version of Jett's "Do You Wanna Touch Me" that famously raunchy song feels par for the course.

Fetish is mostly a compliation album of older songs from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. but odds are unless you have all of Joan Jett's catalog these songs will be new to you. If you want something lustful, kinky, loud, and fun, find yourself a copy of Fetish.

Overall grade: A-
Reviewed by James Lynch


Chad Cloman said...

This is a very old CD -- from 1999.

Chad Cloman said...

Got a copy of Fetish from the library. I'm a Joan Jett fan, but I was pretty disappointed until the last three songs. I'm thinking of buying the CD just for the live version of "Do You Wanna Touch Me?".