Though everyone is probably most familiar with Joan Jett’s cover of the song, I Love Rock N Roll was originally recorded by a London-based group called Arrows.
Though Arrows were only together for three years (from 1974 to 1977), they were popular with British teenagers and they even had their own TV show on Granada Television, where they would play their own songs and introduce other acts. This video for I Love Rock N Roll comes from that television show. This is probably from the same episode of the show that Joan Jett saw in 1976 while she and the Runaways were on tour in the UK. She liked the song so much that she covered it when she made her first solo album. Her version, of course, went on to become a huge hit.
(As popular as they were in the UK, Arrows were basically unknown in the United States. During the time they were together, they only performed in the U.S. once and that was for an episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert in 1975. When Jett released her version of I Love Rock N Roll, most American listeners were unaware that it was a cover.)
The song was written by Alan Merrill, who was the lead singer for Arrows. Sadly, Merrill, who was sick with COVID-19, died on Sunday. Today’s music video of the day is dedicated to his memory.
Are you living in a dystopian future that was apparently inspired by Blade Runner?
Well, don’t worry. Spice Girls are here!
One thing that I like about the Spice Girls is that you could always sing along to their songs. The other thing I like about them is that, regardless of how simple their music may have been, their music videos were almost always ludicrously overproduced. That’s the case here, where Spice Up Your Life is transformed into an anthem for revolution.
Spice Up Your Life was directed by Marcus Nispel, who has subsequently directed a few features film that I didn’t care much for.