I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts vs Alan Merrill and the Arrows


Same Song Different Artist

“I cut the demo for I Love Rock and Roll” in England with Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. Twenty-three record companies turned it down; I have the letters. They all say, “This is interesting, but we don’t hear a hit”. Joan Jett

I saw him dancin’ there by the record machine
I knew he must ‘a been about seventeen
The beat was going strong
Playin’ my favorite song
An’ I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me
An’ I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me singin’

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come an’ take your time an’ dance with me
OW..
He smiled so I got up an’ asked for his name
That don’t matter, he said,
‘Cause it’s all the same

Said can I take you home
where we can be alone

An’ next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah me

Next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah me, singin’

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come an’ take your time an’ dance with me
Ow..

Said can I take you home where we can be alone

Next we’ll be movin’ on
He was with me, yeah me
An we’ll be movin’ on
An’ singin’ that same old song
Yeah with me, singin’

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come an’ take your time an’ dance with me
x5

Joan Jett re-recorded “I love Rock N’ Roll” from the band (Alan Merrill and) the Arrows, This recording became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks, effectively launching Jett’s solo career. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing one million units sold.

The original a-side version from 1975 by the band (Alan Merrill and) the Arrows. The group were produced by British legend Mickie Most, and the tune was written by Arrows Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker.

The video was made in three locations. The park is Berkeley Square, London England, W1, the street scenes are on Charles Street, same area. The performance was filmed on Quay Street in Manchester England, at the Granada/ITV studios. This clip aired on Granada/ITV in 1976, produced by Muriel Young and directed by Peter Walker.

This version is available on The Arrows “Tawny Tracks” rarities album.

For all music lovers out there, This one is tough:

Which is the best I Love Rock and Roll version?

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2 Responses to “I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts vs Alan Merrill and the Arrows”

  1. Comparing the Arrows and Joan Jett is like comparing Bob Dylan to The Byrds on the song “Mr. Tambourine Man.” There are those who create the work and those who cover and have success with corporate backing on the cover version. It’s not unique. Everybody wins. The Arrows make money from writing it and Joan Jett got fame from their song. It’s a pity Joan Jett didn’t talk as much about the Arrows as she did about Suzi Quatro and others from that era. The Byrds did help Dylan establish himself in the rock field by championing him. Jett on the other hand, to my knowledge, has never mentioned the Arrows in the press.

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