Sunday, November 28, 2010

Joan Jett: Light of Day

("Michael J. Fox has no Elvis in him...")

Joan Jett's career took another left turn in 1987, when she snagged a lead role in Paul Schrader's heartland-rock film, Light of Day. While the movie itself didn't amount to much, other than being the film debut of Trent Reznor, it did get Jett back into the Top 4o, with the song "Light of Day". The song came from the pen of Bruce Springsteen, who donated it to Schrader because he had borrowed the movie's working title, Born in the USA for a monster of his own. The song itself has a roaring chorus (and there's nothing Jett loves quite as much as one of those) and verses that rely a little too heavily on standard-issue Springsteen-isms.



The long out-of-print soundtrack, despite the inclusion of a particularly egregious Bon Jovi song, evinces a strong eighties roots rock feel with appearances by Dave Edmunds, Ian Hunter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and of course, five Joan Jett tracks (four with The Barbusters and one with The Hunz).



1. Light of day by The Barbusters
2. This means war by The Barbusters
3. Twist it off by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
4. Cleveland rocks by Ian Hunter
5. Stay with me tonight by Dave Edmunds
6. It's all coming down tonight by The Barbusters
7. Rude Mood by The Barbusters
8. Only lonely by Bon Jovi
9. Rabbit's got the gun by Joan Jett and The Hunzz
10. You got no place to go by Michael J.Fox
11. Elegy by Rick Cox,Chas Smith,Jon C.Clark,Michael Boddicker



Light of Day OST link is in the comments

Speaking of comments, what do you make of this phase of Ms. Jett's career?


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    YOUR JETT COMMENTS SO FAR HAVE BEEN AWESOME, HOPEFULLY THIS LITTLE POST OFFERS MORE FODDER FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!





    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?sq85ucc0unu43hi

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  2. I am 95% sure that the flipside of the "Light of Day" 45 is a cover of the Modern Lovers "Roadrunner."

    Do you want me to check and if so do you want me to send it your way?

    Great work, as usual.

    Ace K.

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  3. Ace K

    Please send it my way (jeffen69@hotmail.com) - cover scans are a beautiful thing, if you get 'em.

    Thanks!

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  4. pretty good movie and very cool soundtrack, ty!

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  5. Ugh! Too 'honky tonky' for my tastes. This is the kind of crap that inspired Yoakam, Brooks, Jackson et al. to twang on.

    Definitely the low point for my love.

    But who hasn't "...got a little lost down along the way..."?

    Thanks again Jeffen, you Mojo Nixon quoting music Mofo...

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  6. I love Joan Jett, she is an american original. I love a good pop song in her hands. I basically will follow her wherever she goes. I thought this was an ok movie, made much better by her presence. —Brendan

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  8. I enjoyed watching the video. Great music really.

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  9. Always liked the songs and the movie. Got it on video somewhere. Did MJ Fox play the guitar on the tracks or just mime for the film?
    Paolo

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  10. I have been looking all over the place for a copy of the Light Of Day Soundtrack, i used to have that album when I was younger, and I miss listening to it, can any JJ fan help me? JJ was my first kid crush next to Sheena Easton, Pat Benatar, and Alyssa Milano lol
    if anyone can help me, please send to bladedavid86@yahoo.com

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  11. Hi just discovered your blog! Had this LP back in the day, and have never been able to find on CD! Link is dead, any chance of a repost?

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