Joan Jett’s new song, co-written with Dave Grohl, is an ode to the classically un-punk idea of staying power, delivered in a buzzsaw, turn-of-the-’80s punk style. And you know what, it suits her.
“Any Weather,” the first single from Jett and the Blackhearts’ October 1 album Unvarnished, hit iTunes this week and made its live debut last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (see above). Although the lyrics emphasize “love,” Jett told the Modesto Bee the relationship in the song “doesn’t have to be romantic,” and it’s no stretch applying the song to the artist-fan dynamic. It’s not breaking new ground, but it’s more of what fans already love, a modest yet generous gift that just might win some love in return.
Speaking of what Jett’s fans love, she and the Blackhearts also ripped through the classic title track from her 1980 solo debut album Bad Reputation (see below). If the juxtaposition made us long for a little bit of that old rebellious spirit, it also highlights how similar the two songs are in style. This reputation was built on not givin’ a damn. And that will last through any weather, and “Any Weather.”