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"Bad Reputation" is a rock song performed by Joan Jett and first released on her debut album titled Bad Reputation in 1980.


Accolades[edit source | editbeta]Edit

In 2009 it was named the 29th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1] It is the highest song by a woman on the list.

Video[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The video, directed by David Mallet, is a re-enactment of 23 record labels rejecting Joan Jett's first solo album and her subsequent rise to the top of the charts with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". Kenny Laguna, cofounder of Blackheart Records, makes a cameo as the Warner Brothers executive.[2]

In popular culture[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song is featured in the beginning of 10 Things I Hate About You although it is not included on the associated soundtrack album. The song was featured in the 2001 film Shrek; while the original Joan Jett version was featured in the movie itself, a cover by Halfcocked was featured on the accompanying soundtrack. The song was also featured as the opening song for the television show Freaks and Geeks; and an edited version is used as the opener for American Chopper starting in season 4. The song was also played in the movies Easy AKick-Ass (additionally, the song appeared as a cover by The Hit Girls on the accompanying soundtrack), and Baby Mama. The song is playable in the video game Rock Band 2. Additional artists covered the song include surf band Los Straitjackets and Avril Lavigne (see below)

The song was also sampled by Peaches on the track "I Don't Give A...," taken from her 2003 album Fatherfucker.

The song was used for a 2011 animated AIDS awareness video produced by the French non-profit organization AIDES. The cartoon, produced by Goodby, Silverstein and Partners[3] and presented in the style of 1920s era animation, features the comically exaggerated sexual adventures of a cat named "Smutley" and ends with the message, "He has nine lives. You only have one. Protect yourself."[4]

Avril Lavigne version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"Bad Reputation"
Song by Avril Lavigne from the album One Piece Film: Z
Released 11 December 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop punkpunk rock
Length 2:42
Label Sony Music Japan

"Bad Reputation" was recorded by Canadian singer Avril Lavigne for a video montage interval in her Best Damn Tour. The studio recording of the cover was later included on the deluxe edition of her fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby. It was then reported on 17 October 2012 that Lavigne would be contributing two cover songs to the anime film "One Piece Film: Z"; the latter studio recording and a cover of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me".[5] The song was released for the film only in Japan on 11 December 2012, as a digital download on the "One Piece Film: Z" soundtrack. After heavy radio airplay, the cover peaked at #8 on the Japan Hot 100.

Charts[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (2012) Peak

position

Japan Hot 100 (Billboard)[6] 8