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The phrase ‘behind every good man, there’s good woman’ should be rephrased to best describe the relationship between Joan Jett & Kenny Laguna. In this case, the pioneering punk rock goddess, Joan Jett is the spotlight magnet. But in the wings, beside her more often than not, stands her long term business partner, producer, and friend, Kenny Laguna. Together, the Jett & Laguna team made rock & roll history by producing “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” one of the greatest rock & roll anthems of all time. The duo also formed Blackheart Records, the first record label to have ‘a girl on top’ out of necessity because 20+ labels had turned them down. But before Laguna hooked up with Jett, he was already considered a veteran in the business for blowing-up bubble gum hits with Bill Medley and later for his work with Tommy James & The Shondells. In the 70’s, he began producing new wave punk hits for Beserkley Records’ artist Greg Kihn and then went on to produce the hit, “I Want Candy” with Bow Wow Wow. But it was a talented, determined, and creative 17 year old punk rocker who caught Kenny’s eye & ears. From the onset of Joan Jett’s career, songwriter/producer Kenny Laguna has been beside her every step of the way.
It’s 10 pm a couple of nights before the VMA’s and Kenny talked to Musicpix for almost an hour about his partnership with Joan, their new record “SINNER,” and a topic that Joan would prefer to not talk about.
Kenny: It’s been an intense day… I’m trying to settle down and put it behind me. The Raconteurs wanted to take Joan on stage with them at the MTV Music Awards which of course is a giant opportunity and great exposure, but Joan has a concert in Oshkosh and she never cancels a show. We were trying to get her to cancel it but she just wouldn’t do it. It was a really stressful day.
Kenny Laguna and Joan Jett
Musicpix: Well we admire her for that, but we certainly understand your perspective because, yeah, you can’t beat the exposure! Your day has been hectic, so we’ll just relax and chat… We’re honored to have the opportunity to speak with you about your life in the music business, and specifically about being Joan Jett’s producer, partner, and confidant from the onset of her career.
Without question, Joan Jett was, and is, ahead of her time. She’s a strong, determined, creative, and sexual artist that has never succumbed to other’s opinions or beliefs. Joan continues to solidify her talent and musical intelligence once again with her latest release, “SINNER.” I understand that this record got stuck in a revolving door of executives among other things. Could you talk about the record and why in your opinion, it took so long to make?
Kenny: For one thing, we’re at a point where we are very careful that the record we make is the right record and the best that we can do because the opportunities for women who have been around awhile in rock & roll are very slim. For starters, it was a lot of pressure. Once we put out a record, we thought that it was fantastic, but it didn’t get a lot of airplay… the record was “Pure and Simple.” So we started out really concentrating. Mo Austin was legendary at Warner Bros. The Who told us that he was amazing, so that was enough. He (Mo Austin) started a label for Frank Sinatra called Reprise, so we were really into that. So, his gang had a certain idea of where we were heading and we went in that direction and tried to work with a record company for the first time. Their whole A& R department was made up of producers who had had hits. Mo left the company in some kind of power struggle. The second in command, Lenny Waronker, took us in a slightly different direction…but everyone at Warner loved Joan Jett and wanted to be involved in her expected success on Warners. Then Lenny left and in came these two guys, Gold & Baker, who had their own ideas and we tried to conform to that. So now, time is going by, in our quest to make the exact-right record. We were trying to be less-assertive than normal because all of our other records were made in a vacuum… so there was no interaction at all and it worked out pretty good most of the time.
But here we go…the next one (at Warner), Danny Goldberg, he’s a really close friend of ours…we love the guy…he’s a genius and we went in another direction. Then came Teddy Templeman and we didn’t know Teddy Templeman at all. The bands that he was most famous for weren’t really Joan’s favorites at all…But he was a successful guy and we respected him. We knew that he had done the follow-up to “Moondance” by Van Morrison so that was enough for me…maybe not enough for Joan. Anyway, he was the head of A & R there, and he said to Joan, “The stuff you did with Bob Brock (the previous administration)…was great. Bob Brock and Joan were a funny combination- even though he’s a good guy and very talented, he’s kind of slick rock & roll…when they do like… piece together drum bits and everything for Metallica…it’s a different mentality… Anyway, Bob Brock was great. So Templeman says to Joan… “Brock’s stuff is good but it’s too pristine.” Mind you, I made all these records with these guys because it’s a requirement with Joanie even more so than with myself. So, if you want to make a dirtier record? Of course, we’ll do that. So we went back in with Teddy and did 15 more sides…we did good work. And then, here come the final guys. After Teddy was kicked out, they called us and said, “We’ve had a meeting about Joan and we think that the records that you made all by yourselves, in a vacuum, are the best records. So we’re going to send you some money…and they sent us a bunch of money…. “Just do three or four more sides and come out here and we’ll decide what to do next…”
So, I let the check clear….I wanted the money in the bank before I talked to them. And so I said, “this is becoming outrageous…I was honest with them. I said, ‘we could go and do something for you, but what happens when you leave because everybody is leaving every three months…or whatever every 8 months… Anyway, in the meantime, we’re recording and we’ve got a lot of distractions. We do an amazing amount of stuff with the American troops like we always do, but we really stepped it up in the 90’s. Well, they called upon us (so to speak) after many years…me starting in Vietnam during that war and Joan starting in the beginning of her career….and there was lot of charity and there was a huge hit in France…there was the Evil Stig project which was complicated and a time consuming process. Joanie went on the road and toured around the country and it took a lot of time. Add that all up, plus all the administrations, and that was the time it took. Oh yeah, once I got there, I said, “You’re hurting her career for a girl her age…you are taking critical years to take somebody in their 30’s and start messing around for 8 years…it’s tricky. So it ended up, they were good about it. We worked it out. We cherry picked- we picked what we liked and we started re-recording.
Musicpix: Your patience has paid off. The press is giving Joan the respect she has earned by giving “SINNER” more than kind reviews. I understand that you wanted to achieve another mainstream hit, another “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” from this release. Why is that important to you?
Kenny: That’s not what I really said because that was a unique record and you can’t really hope to re-create it. Actually, I make fun…when we get a little bit cold or something…like when we did “Hate Myself For Loving You” and my mailman told me we needed another “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” and I said, “Thank you, I didn’t think of that…” That song [I Love Rock ‘N Roll] is a unique accident. We knew it was cool. We knew it might be a hit. But we had no idea that it could strike a chord like it did. It’s the #27 song of all time- in the Billboard thing- which isn’t a vote (which is annoying) and that is some list! Like “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer”…[laughing] It was just so big that it actually over-shadowed her career. She’s had 11 things on the charts, and maybe more, if you’d consider Cherry Bomb and Bad Reputation, both which were never on the charts, but were pretty famous songs. A few like that- you add it all up, and she’s got a lot of songs. But people think she’s had one hit and that’s annoying. When something hits that big, it overpowers a career. If it would have come later in her career, it would have been her 8th hit instead of her 1st hit, it would have been different.
Musicpix: We covered a few Warped cities this year on the tour but not as many as you did. In addition to Joan headlining Warped this year, you also produced the 2006 Warped Compilation CD. When you walked through Warped, and you saw the plethora of kids, as well as the number of bands trying to make it, what do you say to yourself?
Kenny: Inside my own head… I’m younger than those kids. But the thing is, I don’t necessarily want to look at photos or whatever because like, Joan, when I was in high school…maybe just because of the nature of my parent’s generation, by the time they hit 40, they were all grown-ups, they were old… with suits. My mother was an oil-painter and she was nuts so I can’t really put he into that category because she never dressed properly. Anyway, when I walked around (Warped) I feel like I’m still in high school. Not so much when I interact. I get pretty good when I know people…but the young people? They know they are with a grown up, but I don’t.
MusicPix: So what do you ears tell you about the music? What are you hearing?
Kenny: It’s a pretty weird trip when you’re walking through it. I’m talking about “It’s a Small World”- the ride, when you’re moving and all these different bands are playing, but it’s the same song. Warped, it’s all different, it’s like noise pollution of just punk rock because you walk through….you hear this stage, and that stage, and every band I saw, I thought was better than me, not better than Joan…which is amazing because there is so much talent out there. I don’t know if I’d have the courage to go into the business today because there is so much talent. The Warped Tour is the most incredible thing…how they take that monstrosity and move it 400 miles a night and set up. I only missed three cities. Joanie was an animal. She was out there every day. We didn’t do it like the other bands that stayed in the busses and take showers at the gig, or didn’t take showers at all….We would get a hotel every day- check in about 5 in the morning and check out about 11. We’re a mature band.
Musicpix: Joan is a member of your think tank. Talk about why her perspective is so valuable to you…
Kenny: Joan is pure and she has an amazing sense of the kind of music that she likes…she doesn’t even try to bother, or try to understand the music that she doesn’t like. But she’s really into the music that she likes. When we were at the Warped Tour, all she did all day was watch all the bands. Nobody could keep up with her. She couldn’t wait to get there and watch bands. I was told that there was a famous singer there a couple of years ago and he never got out of his bus. It’s hard to listen to other people be successful, but Joan loves it. It’s the most amazing thing. She’s never jealous of other people’s success…she never compares anybody to herself…she’s just always doing her thing and she’s never, ever unhappy as most other artist’s are…it a real common trait. She’s always happy when she’s listening to music that she likes. And really annoying music, mostly for her, is really pretentious. That’s why her perspective is so good because she’s a fan. She never stops being a fan…being about to hear other people’s music. It’s really a good thing. I heard Gene Pitney in an interview after he died…well the interview has recorded before he died… [chuckling] but he said, “back when I had listener’s ears.” And I thought that was so deep and that’s so right and that goes for all of us… and that goes for executives. I think that’s one of the biggest problems with executives is that they lose their ears to become powerful. By the time they become powerful, they don’t really hear it anymore and then they’re bluffing. So, they aren’t really doing it with their soul.
Musicpix: For the most part, long-lasting relationships have BALANCE….either two people share the same beliefs and perspectives or they are yin & yang. Which side of the scale does your relationship with Joan fall on to? Are you so alike that you can’t miss? Or, are you so different that your differences enhance each other?
Kenny: I think that there’s a lot of that, but there are times when we are a lot alike. She discovered Rodney Bingenheimer’s disco on Sunset Blvd… she discovered the 70’s glitter rock. I lived in England at the time and I was living it. So we both love that music. That’s what “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” is…that’s what “Hate Myself” is…and what “Do You Want To Touch Me” is. It’s a certain sound…it’s a version of it, but not exactly. It’s the spirit of it with big gang vocals, handclaps, and stuff like that. I spent ten years listening to it and loved it. I tried to bring it to Tommy James and it just didn’t come together. With Joanie, it did. We both love music. Like “Bad Reputation” or the Ramones…and stuff like that. We both have a real feeling for politics. We’re on the same side of that usually. The opposites are there… in certain areas…what an odd-couple in what we look like. I’m very poppy and she’s kind of hard-core. So if we’re left alone, she’s sounds like the Germs hard core and if I’m left alone, it sounds like bubble-gum. That way we balance each other. If the balance is off a little bit, we fail. “Good Music” is an example. That was a song that I had probably too much of a hand in. I think it fell a little bit more to my side. I thought it was a great sounding record and it’s probably one of my favorites, but it didn’t happen because of the balance wasn’t there. I brought the Beach Boys in and it sounded like it should have been a hit but to be a Joan Jett record, it missed. We’ve had records go the other way too…they’re cool records but a song like “Fetish” - it leans more to Joan. But you can imagine how hard it would be to have a hit single with a song like that.
Musicpix: The statement, ‘you’ve come a long way baby’ is fitting to describe women in music and you’ve been a part of history! It’s got to amaze you how far women have come… On one end of the spectrum, in the beginning, you’ve dealt with an industry that was reluctant to get behind Joan because of her supposed ‘bad reputation’ –then fast-forward to seeing two of the most visible women in music open mouth kiss on national TV. Could you talk about the progression of women in music with some benchmarks that have brought us to where we’re at?
Kenny: I have a different take on it actually. I think the thing with Madonna and Britney Spears was a stunt and salacious…they were boys toys where these two girls got together and what not. I think that the Lillith Fair was folksy enough to be dainty. But the Rage Against Machine with chicks? It’ll never happen. The Madonna’s got on the radio and sounded poppy and acceptable for women. Courtney Love’s radio successes were songs that were polished up. So the women are still not allowed to be hard like ACDC…you can’t even point to one…a girl band that’s hard like that. And you can’t point to too many hits. If you listen to rock or classic rock radio, there are very few women being played. You know the girls are out there. Like when Hip Hop was broken through…but I remember my friend, Eddie O’Loughlin, had Salt N-Pepa and he had a partner but his partner said he wasn’t going to do girls rapping and people thought he lost his mind and they broke up over it. Then he (Eddie) made his secretary his partner, and she’s a rich woman and he’s a rich man, so it worked out. But it’s funny…they are baby steps. People say to Joan all the time… “isn’t it wonderful that the women are breaking…” No they arn’t…there are no women on alternative radio…it’s Nirvana every other song, or Foo Fighters. Where are the women? A couple get on for a minute…but you go look at the play list, and I do it for a living, and there’s no women. So it makes it really hard for us. We not only have a woman, but a woman who’s a certain age. I had this one guy say, “I love this record but Joan’s too old” and he’s not playing (on the radio) any women anyway….Now wait a minute! You’re playing Mike Ness and Social Distortion but he’s older than Joan. They’re playing the Chili Peppers, and they’re older than Joan. You can’t penalize Joan for starting when she was 15. I look at the press and they all talk about her age doing this and that and yet, I never see that about Social Distortion or all these other bands. They’re the same age as Joan and age isn’t an issue. For girls, age is an issue. So yeah, women have come along, but we still haven’t beaten that stereotype. That age barrier. Joanie looks like a kid. She has that child mentality. She got frozen in time when she was 15 with The Runaways. She’s a very wise woman. She reads philosophy books all day…she’s self-educated but she’s way educated. But there’s a part of her that’s child-like but it’s not even about that. It’s about what you look like. We were up for a part once and they really mixed up her age with some of the other girls that she started with…they liked her for the role but one of their think tank people started bitchin’ that she was in her 50’s…and he was wrong! Anyway, what’s the difference? You’re looking at her….Perez Hilton…a real big guy did a big expose’ on how Joan Jett had to be lying about her age because he figured it out from her career, but he was wrong. Today, you can’t even lie about your age like Marilyn Monroe could…you can’t because people can just find you on the computer. Peaches could be getting away with something. Her age has become an issue too. We know her and we work with her, but I’ve never even thought about her age.
MusicPix: You’ve been on both sides of the musical fence and it appears to me that you’ve even been the fence- that uncomfortable and possibly dangerous place where people try to hurdle over you, trip over you, or the fence itself takes a hit….Given your decades in the business, which side of the musical fence are you most comfortable on? Songwriting or Producing?
Kenny: Producing is a little bit more joyous to me but the satisfaction of writing is better. I feel like the maximum part of a legacy, is the songs that were written. So if you write a good song, it lasts forever. It’s magic. It’s the most satisfying, but it’s my least favorite thing to do because it’s like an exorcism.
Musicpix: Earlier you talked about your efforts with American troops. You and Joan have not soap boxed your charity efforts as most artists would these days as a pr effort. It speaks volumes on why you’re involved in the first place. But, how do you use your involvement for the betterment of the cause? … i.e. getting more people on the bus without making yourselves vulnerable to backlash?
Kenny: Joan really isn’t comfortable at all talking about it and the only time she ever did when she was invited by the military. General Franks asked CNN to do a little bit and the Army was really pleased with it but she was sick about it. She actually took off her burka and stomped on it and they were showing it on Wolf Blitzer. Which was of course, was pissing off Arabs and when we went to Pakistan, I remember the commander of the base there…it was Colonel Jimmy Carter…(Kenny’s whispering…that was amazing) who said “Did you see that on CNN? “Don’t do that here please.” (referring to Joan stomping on her burka)
We don’t do it for another other reason than we love those kids. We did Oliver North’s War Stories, something Joan and I didn’t agree with, but I just had to force Joan….she didn’t want to do that kind of publicity. But it was Oliver North’s War Stories with Bob Hope’s son, Ann Margaret, General Franks…that who was on that show. How can you not do that? Here’s Oliver North but we were traveling with Howard Dean throughout that whole time. You know all the presidents had their acts. Clinton had Michael Bolton…we thought Clinton was hipper that that didn’t we? But he wasn’t. He played the sax and the clarinet and probably marched in the band when he was in second grade. So, we were with Howard Dean and Oliver North loves us and he wanted us to go into a war zone but he can’t get the Howard Dean thing. He can’t understand how such nice people could be so misguided… (laughs)…But anyway, the kids, they follow the tour. When we went to Madrid, the army base nearby and they’d be making a great deal of noise, we loved that and they made us feel at home. We’d go onto the bases and we made them feel like they were home. It just happened like that…kind of organically and there was a lot of years when there wasn’t wars and in the meantime, we were bonding with the people who were ascending in the military and General Jumper, our friend, who is the Chief of the Air Force and General Kevin Burns who is a Four-Star General who is in charge of 450,000 guys in charge of training and indocturating thing and it just kind of grew. When you see what these kids are…and you see what they are asked to do…you just love them.
I hope the kids now don’t go through what my generation did. They don’t blame the idiot politicians, they blamed the soldiers for not winning. As far as publicity? It’s unseemly. There are people (I’ll leave their names out) that go over to the edge of a war zone, stay in a four-star hotel, and then go do Jay Leno…all the televisions show bragging about how brave they are and what they did. Unseemly.
Musicpix: Well, thank you for what you do because I know it means a lot to those souls… for giving them a moment to rock & roll.
Musicpix: We’ve talked with a lot of artists this year and main ingredient that always surfaces is HONESTY… successful artists realize that if it ain’t real, then why bother? And I gather by your partnership with Joan, you’re no different. From a songwriting perspective, could you talk about why real and honest lyrics are the glue?
Kenny: The lyrics have to be natural. They have to be unforced, they have to be unpretentious. Anybody can craft a song, but to have a song that’s sincere and really touches people… the lyrics have to be very honest.
Musicpix: Could you give us (3) of your greatest achievements?
Kenny: I guess one achievement is simply breaking into to record business and getting a song on the radio when I was a kid. Breaking through the first time was amazing and hearing the song on the first time on the radio was amazing. I think that’s one of the great ones. Taking Joan to the point where she was totally rejected by the entire industry and having one of the biggest records in history was another one…[starting to chuckle] Joan would kill me, but you know…I think being on Oliver North’s War Stories was another one. We never planned for anything like that but then we got the phone call because the USO was enlisting performers and they invited me and Joan, both to go there… For me, that was great, but nobody on my team would like me saying that, but that really banged my head. In one shot, that felt like 20 things.
Musicpix: How about (3) things you aspire to accomplish?
Kenny: I hope to break “SINNER” and I guess I’d like to see Blackheart (Records) break one more new act…we have a couple that we find interesting like The Vacancies and The Eyeliners are on our label. It would be great to break another act. I’m going to make a film. Well, I hope to make a film, but it’s on its way and it’s going to be about the beginnings of punk rock and the time Joan I spent-we’ve got a producer, it’s going to happen because what we witnessed was pretty amazing.
MusicPix: I was going to ask if you would write a book but it sounds like you’ll do the movie instead…
Kenny: You know, I’d love to write a book but I just babble my stories, but I don’t know if I have it in me. I need someone like you who can do it…
MusicPix: I’m available. Just call… I’ll write with you. I’d be honored.
Kenny: Well, if I ever get to that point. I did my liner notes for “Laguna Tunes” and it was brutal. I found it really difficult. It takes a lot to be a ‘Writer-Writer.’ It took me two months to get that far…maybe a little less, but every night to sit down and go, I have to do this…it was tough, but you know that drill, right? Once it gets going, it’s a lot easier. But at first, before you sit down and do it, it’s brutal. Sometimes you write and it feels stupid and then if I bring it to someone and they say yeah, it’s stupid, I don’t want to do that.
MusicPix: But you have such great stories! I especially enjoyed one about Darlene Love and how you helped her get her career back on track. You were involved during the Ronette’s hey day and part of the doo-wop era. At the time, that was a very difficult time for black artists. The Chantels and the El Dorados couldn’t even put their pictures on the covers of the albums. They had to put pictures of white kids on them because labels thought the albums wouldn’t sell. Could you describe what those times were like for you and where do you think we’re at now?
Kenny: I remember when I went to Bermuda with Darlene…I don’t go quite that far back (to the doo-wop days) but my mentors did. Anyway, I went to Bermuda with Darlene one time when she was with The Blossoms. I started checking in and they were giving me the paperwork and when they saw Darlene they said, ‘oh sorry, we have no rooms’ and I was already checking in! I go, ‘what are you talking about…we just discussed it, you know?’ Then Dar said, ‘forget it Kenny, let’s get out of here.’ And that was in 1970, so I saw that and it was pretty intense. That ‘thing’ how the black acts were taken advantage of…for instance when Fats Domino and Little Richard would do these songs and Pat Boone would cover them right away and have the bigger hit, which would be on the white radio and they would be relegated to R& B radio…tough stuff. I’m not feeling that they aren’t getting a shot now though…there’s another race of people.
Musicpix: [Laughing] Yeah, like women over 45 right?
Kenny: [chuckling too] Yeah and also I think MTV could use some more ‘white music’…I’m really good friends with Eddie O’Loughlin, who does a lot of R & B music. He used to say, ‘man you’re so lucky…Joan’s on MTV. They won’t even play us, cause they aren’t playing black music on MTV” and I’d say yeah, that’s a bitch…I didn’t care because it was my music they were playing. But now all of a sudden, it all black and it’s like wow!
MusicPix: You mentioned a couple of artists that are on your label now. What about some other artists to watch out for?
Kenny: Against Me…I wouldn’t call NOFX ‘up & coming’ but they are great, AFI, Anti-Flag, The Bouncing Souls…I like all of those.
Musicpix: Any female artists?
Kenny: We’re working with a band named Shira Girl but they are in a state of flux right now. We like The Eyeliners because we signed them. There’s a band in Texas called Girl in a Coma- they are Latino and not glamorous at all. We just loved them. They are so not glamorous.
Musicpix: What about undiscovered artist’s who are trying to reach out to you at the label…what sparks those ears of yours?
Kenny: It’s hard to have the time to listen. Our office staff listens a lot and they get the stuff to me and Joan. We do try to do it.
Musicpix: That leads into my next question. What about your gut response? Do you know it immediately, that magic moment, when that artist has it? The ‘package’ -you’ve got to have the look that transposes into video, you’ve got to have the performance, the charisma, and maybe a memorable tune… What’s that ‘has it’ moment for you?
Kenny: I don’t know how to describe it. Some things just come to me and I just love it. It could be any kind of thing. Joan likes punk rock and that’s about it or some derivative of it. But I’m open to anything. I bought “The Nightshift” by the Commodores and I still love it.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Tour
08/31/06 Oshkosh, WI Waterfest / Riverside Park
09/01/06 South Woodstock, CT Woodstock Fair
09/03/06 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Amer. Music Fest
09/17/06 Cabazon, CA Key Club @ Morongo
09/23/06 Huntsville, AL Big Spring Jam
09/24/06 Tucson, AZ TBA
09/24/06 Tucson, AZ Tucson Electric Park
10/12/06 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
10/13/06 Boston, MA Avalon
10/15/06 New York, NY Irving Plaza
10/16/06 New York, NY Irving Plaza
10/17/06 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/20/06 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
10/21/06 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
10/23/06 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/26/06 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
10/27/06 Saint Louis, MO Mississippi Nights
10/29/06 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
11/01/06 Seattle, WA Showbox
11/02/06 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
11/04/06 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
11/07/06 Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda
11/10/06 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
11/11/06 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
11/13/06 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room / Ballroom
11/14/06 Austin, TX Stubb’s Barbeque
11/17/06 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
11/18/06 Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
11/19/06 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
11/25/06 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
Kenny Laguna’s Credits*
1970 Montego Bay Bobby Bloom Keyboards
1976 Any Road Up Steve Gibbons Producer, Remixing, Instrumentation
1976 In Touch Tommy James Producer
1977 Caught in the Act Steve Gibbons Producer
1977 Live Modern Lovers Producer
1977 Queens of Noise The Runaways Contribution
1978 Jingles Advertising Producer
1978 Spitballs Spitballs Producer
1979 Back in Your Life Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
1979 With the Naked Eye Greg Kihn Band Producer
1980 Flaming Schoolgirls The Runaways Contribution
1980 Just Popped Out Tyla Gang Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards,
Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
1981 Bad Reputation Joan Jett Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals
(bckgr), Clavinet, multi Instruments, Producer
1981 Drop Out The Barracudas Producer, Engineer
1981 I Love Rock N’ Roll [Bonus Tracks] Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Director, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
1981 I Love Rock N’ Roll Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Producer
1981 Urgh! A Music War Various Artists Producer
1982 I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow Producer
1983 Album Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Keyboards, Producer
1984 Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Producer,
1986 Good Music Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Vocals, Multi Instruments, Producer
1987 Best of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: The B Jonathan Richman &
the Modern Lovers - Producer, Original Recording Producer
1987 Light of Day Original Soundtrack Producer
1988 Up Your Alley Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Horn, Producer
1989 Kihnsolidation: The Best of Greg Kihn Greg Kihn Producer
1990 23 Great Recordings by Jonathan Richman ...
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers Producer
1990 Hit List Joan Jett Producer
1990 Lovers Who Wander The Del Lords Tambourine
1990 Paint Another Picture Darlene Love Guitar, Keyboards, Producer
1991 Cycle Sluts from Hell Cycle Sluts from Hell Executive Producer
1991 Days of Thunder Original Soundtrack Producer
1992 Electric Love Hogs Electric Love Hogs Piano
1993 Sands of Time/Wax Museum Jay & the Americans Organ, Piano, Cello,
1993 Wayne’s World 2 Original Soundtrack Producer
1994 Flashback Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Producer, Author
1995 Evil Stig Evil Stig Producer
1995 Tank Girl Original Soundtrack Vocals, Multi Instruments, Producer, Instrumentation
1996 Best of Bow Wow Wow [RCA] Bow Wow Wow Producer
1996 Hi-Octane Hard-Driving Hits for the Roadious Various Artists Producer
1996 Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense Various Artists Producer
1996 Mr. Wrong Original Soundtrack Producer
1997 Fit to Be Tied: Great Hits by Joan Jett and the Black Joan Jett & the
Blackhearts Arranger, Producer
1997 Fizz Pop Modern Rock, Vol. 1 Various Artists Producer
1997 We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute Various Artists Producer
1998 Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks] [Enhanced] Joan Jett
Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals
(bckgr), Clavinet, Producer, Management
1998 Band Alert Various Artists Arranger, Producer
1999 200 Cigarettes Original Soundtrack Producer
1999 Fetish [Single] Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Producer
1999 Fetish Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Producer
1999 Get Tough: The Best of the Del-Lords The Del Lords Percussion
2000 Laguna Tunes Various Artists Arranger, Vocals, Producer, Liner Notes,
2000 Lucky Numbers Original Soundtrack Producer
2001 Twisted Forever Various Artists Producer
2002 Getting There Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Producer
2002 Like, Omigod! The ‘80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) Various Artists Producer
2003 Album [Japan] Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Producer
2003 Best of Kihn Greg Kihn Producer
2003 Fatherfucker Peaches Producer
2003 Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Producer
2004 Freaks and Geeks Original TV Soundtrack Executive Producer
2004 I Love Rock N’ Roll [Blackheart Records/Bonus Tracks]
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Director, Producer, Direction, Management
2005 Beat Missing or a Silence Added Vacancies Producer
2005 DJ-Kicks Annie Producer
2005 No Apologies The Eyeliners Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr),
Melodica, Bells, Producer, Music Coordinator
2005 Power Pop Anthems Various Artists Producer
2006 Fit to Be Tied: Great Hits by Joan Jett and the Black Joan Jett and the
Blackhearts Arranger, Producer
2006 Sinner Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Keyboards, Producer, Group Member
2006 Warped Tour: 2006 Compilation Various Artists Producer
2006 We Are the ‘80s Bow Wow Wow Producer
I Love Rock N’ Roll [German Bonus Tracks]
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Producer, Direction
Love’s the Reason Kyle Harpsichord
Alphabetical Track Listing
(I’m Gonna) Run Away Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll [Blackheart
(I’m Gonna) Run Away Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll [Bonus Tracks]
(I’m Gonna) Run Away Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll
(I’m Gonna) Run Away Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Original Hit Collection
A 100 Feet Away Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sinner
A Hundred Feet Away Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Activity GRRRL Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Flashback
Baby Blue Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sinner
Backlash Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett
Bad Reputation Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks] [Enhanced]
Bad Reputation Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks]
Bad Reputation Joan Jett Bad Reputation
Bad Reputation Various Artists Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll S
Bad Reputation Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Fit to Be Tied: Great Hits by Joan Jet
Bad Reputation Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Flashback
Bad Reputation Original TV Soundtrack Freaks and Geeks
Bad Reputation Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett
Bad Reputation The Dragons Live at the Casbah
Bad Reputation Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Original Hit Collection
Bad Reputation Original Soundtrack Piano Strings Soundtrack Tribute to Sh
Bad Reputation Various Artists Rolling Stone Women in Rock
Bad Reputation Original Soundtrack Shrek
Bad Reputation Original Soundtrack The Bad News Bears
Bad Reputation Joan Jett & The Blackhearts This Means War!
Bad Reputation Various Artists Urgh! A Music War
Bad Time Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sinner
Be Straight Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll [Blackheart Records]
Be Straight Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll [Bonus Tracks]
Be Straight Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll
Be Straight Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Original Hit Collection
Be Straight Joan Jett & The Blackhearts This Means War!
Change the World Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sinner
Coney Island Whitefish Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Album [Japan]
Coney Island Whitefish Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Contact Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Good Music
Desire Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Up Your Alley
Everyone Knows Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sinner
Eye to Eye Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Pure and Simple
Fake Friends Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Album [Japan]
Fake Friends Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Fake Friends Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Fit to Be Tied: Great Hits by Joan Jet
Fantasy Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Flashback
French Song Various Artists Intimate Portrait: Women in Rock
French Song Various Artists Women in Rock [Rhino]
Frustrated Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Good Music Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Good Music
Good Music Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett
Good Music Various Artists Laguna Tunes
Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe Original Soundtrack Gumball 3000
Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe Various Artists Laguna Tunes
Had Enough Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Album [Japan]
Had Enough Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Handyman Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Album [Japan]
Handyman Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Handyman Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Fetish
Hold Me Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Home for Christmas Various Artists Laguna Tunes
I Don’t Give a ... Peaches Fatherfucker
I Got No Answers Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
I Hate Long Good-Byes Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Flashback
I Want You Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett
If Ya Want My Luv Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Good Music
In the Name of Happiness Various Artists Laguna Tunes
Insecure Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Pure and Simple
Jezebel Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks] [Enhanced]
Jezebel Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks]
Jezebel Joan Jett Bad Reputation
Jezebel Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Original Hit Collection
Just Like in the Movies Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Up Your Alley
Last to Know Evil Stig Evil Stig
Let Me Go Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks] [Enhanced]
Let Me Go Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks]
Let Me Go Joan Jett Bad Reputation
Let Me Go Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Original Hit Collection
Let Me Know the Truth Peter Anders Peter Anders
Locked Groove Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Long Time Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Lord Various Artists Laguna Tunes
Love All Over the Place Various Artists Declaration Of Independents [Ambition]
Love Like Mine Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Lovin’ Cup Various Artists Berserkley’s Back
Lovin’ Cup Earth Quake Sittin in the Middle of Madness
Makin’ My Way Various Artists Laguna Tunes
Nitetime Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Outlaw Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Good Music
Push and Stomp Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Riddles Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sinner
Scratch My Back Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Secret Love Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Album [Japan]
Secret Love Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Secret Love Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Fetish
Sing a Happy Song Eon Eon 
Someday Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Sudden Death Various Artists Laguna Tunes
Talkin’ Bout My Baby Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Talkin’ Bout My Baby Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett
The Big B Side Various Artists Laguna Tunes
The Champion, Pt. 1 Various Artists Laguna Tunes
The French Song Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Album [Japan]
The French Song Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
The French Song Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Fetish
This Means War Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Good Music
This Means War Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett
Torture Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Pure and Simple
Victim of Circumstance Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Fit to Be Tied: Great Hits by Joan Jet
Victim of Circumstance Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
I Love Rock N’ Roll [Blackheart Records]
Victim of Circumstance Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
I Love Rock N’ Roll [Bonus Tracks]
Victim of Circumstance Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
I Love Rock N’ Roll [German Bonus Tracks]
Victim of Circumstance Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll
Victim of Circumstance Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Original Hit Collection
We Rockin’ Various Artists Laguna Tunes
What Can I Do for You? Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks] [Enhanced]
Who Can You Trust Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Why Can’t We Be Happy Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Album [Japan]
Why Can’t We Be Happy Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Album
Wonderin’ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Pure and Simple
You Can’t Get Me Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Jett Rock: Greatest Hits of Joan Jett
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks]
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Joan Jett Bad Reputation [Bonus Tracks]
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Joan Jett Bad Reputation
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock N’ Roll
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Original Hit Collection
- Kenny Laguna