Morning Song – Bad Reputation
After the messy breakup of The Runaways, Joan Jett spent most of 1980 having her first solo album rejected by 23 (count ’em, 23) record labels. (Meanwhile female artists like Olivia Newton-John, Toni Tennille and Anne Murray were all over the singles charts.)
So, in a classic punk rock move, Jett channeled all of her fury into “Bad Reputation”: 2 1/2 minutes of hard-rocking, Ramones-like fury that announced (#FirstSideFirstSong) a career that she would forge on her own terms (and land her in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame).
I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation;
You’re living in the past it’s a new generation;
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s what I’m gonna do;
And I don’t give a damn ‘ bout my bad reputation.