Jett sues over Runaways tribute
Joan Jett loves rock and roll, but not on a tribute album she says an ex-employee put together without her permission.
The I Love Rock N' Roll singer-guitarist and 1970s bandmate Cherie Currie sued on Thursday to try to stop the June 28 release of Take It or Leave It: A Tribute to the Queens of Noise, an intended homage to their punk band The Runaways.
The two-disc album features Runaways songs covered by artists ranging from the all-woman Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife to David Johansen, of the 1970s glam-rock pacesetters the New York Dolls, according to the website of the label releasing it, Main Man Records. The group was best known for such tracks as Cherry Bomb and Queens of Noise.
But the lawsuit says the independent Main Man Records label used their names to promote the album without their permission, and that a Main Man staffer who once worked at Joan's record label used that connection to imply the project had her blessing.
While the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, Joan and Cherie ultimately just "want them to stop," their lawyer said.
He added: "This isn't about money. This is strictly about preserving reputation and quality that both Joan and Cherie are known for."
Formed in 1975, the Runaways made a splash with brash, raw songs, a rebellious attitude and a sound that blended punk and heavy metal.
The group disbanded in 1979, but the 2010 movie The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, reignited interest. Joan and Cherie, who was the group's lead singer for a time, have done some reunion performances in recent years.
Joan went on to form another band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and score hits including I Love Rock N' Roll, Bad Reputation and I Hate Myself for Loving You.