28 February 2023

Kent Music Report beyond the top 100: 28 February 1983

The two new entries bubbling under the top 100 this week in 1983 are, in some ways, from a different time, with one being a single originally released in 1980, and the other portraying the singer with a prominent 70s moustache in the music video.  Shall we take a look?
Joan Jett: she don't give a damn about her bad chart positions.
Beyond the top 100:
Position 9 "Be My Lady" by Jefferson Starship
Highest rank: 2nd
Peak date: 14 March 1983
Weeks on below list: 3 weeks

I have written about Starship and Jefferson Airplane previously.  Under the Jefferson Starship name, the group only scored one Australian top 100 single, with "Jane" (number 72, March 1980).

"Be My Lady" was the lead single from Jefferson Starship's seventh studio album Winds of Change.  Internationally, the single peaked at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 1982.

I hadn't heard this one before.  Singer Mickey Thomas is sporting a striking moustache in the video.

Position 11 "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Highest rank: 11th
Peak date: 28 February 1983
Weeks on below list: 1 week

American rock singer Joan Jett and her band The Blackhearts burst onto the Australian chart in 1982 with their version of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (number 1, May 1982).  They followed it up with further hits "Crimson and Clover" (number 6, August 1982) and "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" (number 18, November 1982).

"Bad Reputation" was the title track of Joan's 1980 debut album Bad Reputation (number 45, December 1982), which was released under the name of just Joan Jett.  Previous single "Do You Wanna Touch Me..." was also lifted from this album - I assume the record company decided to promote this earlier release to cash in on Joan's newfound success.

"Bad Reputation" does not appear to have charted anywhere else.

Joan would join us next in 1989.

Next week (7 March): Three new singles bubbling under the top 100.

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