Blackheart Records—the company founded in 1980 by Joan Jett, manager/producer Kenny Laguna and his wife Meryl Laguna—has signed a deal with Sony Music and Sony's Legacy Recordings for worldwide rights for the Blackheart catalog of Jett and other artists whose music was released on the label. The deal includes the soundtrack to the Jett documentary "Bad Reputation," which will include two previously unreleased tracks: "Fresh Start" from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and "Androgynous," performed by Jett, Miley Cyrus and Laura Jane Grace.
The "Bad Reputation" movie, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by Magnolia Pictures, will have a one-night-only release in select U.S. cities on Sept. 26, and then open for full theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 28. The soundtrack's release date is the same day that the movie will be released on iTunes, Amazon and Video On Demand. Theatrical engagements of the film will have 10 minutes of exclusive bonus footage of Jett.
The Bad Reputation soundtrack album includes Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' best-known hits, including the classic remake of The Arrows' "I Love Rock N' Roll" (performed on the soundtrack by Jett and former Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook), "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Bad Reputation" and the band's remakes of Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" and Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)." Lesser-known Joan Jett & the Blackhearts songs on the album are also a mix of originals and cover versions, such as "Fresh Start," "Love Is Pain," Victim of Circumstance," "Fetish" and remakes David Bowie's "Rebel, Rebel" and The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog." There are also the Runaways songs "Cherry Bomb" and "Wasted," as well as songs not performed by Jett, such as Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl" and Fea's "Feminazi."
As part of the deal with Sony, the following Joan Jett & the Blackhearts albums became available digitally for the first time on Sept. 7: Bad Reputation, I Love Rock 'N' Roll, Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth, Sinner, Pure and Simple and Unvarnished; as well as the compilation albums Flashback, Fetish, and Greatest Hits; and special editions of I Love Rock 'N' Roll 33 1/3 Anniversary and Joan Jett - The First Sessions. They join previous digital releases of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts albums Good Music, Up Your Alley, The Hit List and Notorious.
Other Blackheart Records releases that will be handled by Sony include Evil Stig's Evil Stig featuring Joan Jett; Cheri Curie's Bouelvards of Splendor; Girl in a Coma's Both Before I'm Gone, Trio B. C., Adventures in Coverland, Hiding My Trail EP and Exits & All the Rest; The Dollyrots' Because I'm Awesome, California Beach Boy EP and A Little Messed Up; The Vacancies' A Beat Missing or a Silence Added and Tantrum; The Cute Lepers' Can't Stand Modern Music; The Eyeliners' No Apologies; Fea's self-titled album; Jackknife Stiletto's Chronicles of Jane Vol. 1 EP; and the compilations A Blackheart Christmas and Laguna Tunes.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are on a U.S. tour until Dec. 16. The band then hits the road in Australia for concerts in January and February 2019.