Video Review: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “I Hate Myself for Loving You”

Standing on stage, Joan Jett twirls her finger. In black-and-white, someone kickstarts their motorcycle. With her back to the audience, she waits for her cue.

Wearing studded black boots and leather pants with a matching jacket, she walks on the sidewalk. She turns around and begins to perform. The audience members clap.

The person passes a fountain as they ride the motorcycle. On stage, she checks her invisible watch  and turns her head. She leans against a wall, waiting. She laughs to herself as she sings and runs her hands along the microphone stand. She flips her back and points to the camera.

As she walks down an alley, two men drive past her in their motorcycles. On stage, she takes off her leather jacket and throws it into the audience. She stands by a graffitied building. Ricky throws his guitar up in the air and catches it. She turns her back to the audience and points again.

Rating: 2/5

A man points to her drink at the bar and asks her if she’s okay. She chugs down her beer and says she’s doing all right. He continues to say that she needs to be careful. He adds with her thin figure, she can get drunk faster and there a lot of creeps. She raises her eyebrows and tells him she knows how to take care of herself.

She turns back around to talk to Ricky. Ricky orders more shots. They laugh and leaving their empty beer mugs at the counter. During a game of darts, the man taps her on the shoulder and says she left behind her beer. She tells him she’s okay and can always order another one. He shoves it in her face. She pushes him away. Ricky calls out for help.

The bouncer throws Ricky and Joan out. Joan gives him the finger and says the man was harassing her. The bouncer shrugs and says she threw the first punch. Joan grits her teeth and puts her hands in her pockets. Ricky tells her to leave it alone, they can find another bar. She shakes her head and lunges for the bouncer. Ricky holds her back as the bouncer shouts at them.

Director: N/A Year: 1988

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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