Sometimes what you need most is a cover song. Though I have to admit, back in 1981 I had no idea that Joan Jett’s “Crimson and Clover” was someone else’s song first. For me, it was her song that would also become my song, as favorite songs often do. I’d listen to “Crimson and Clover” while lying on my bedroom floor next to my stereo. The song would finish and I’d lift the needle up, return it to the start of the song, and listen to it again (“over and over“).

“Crimson and Clover” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
from the album, I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll (1981)
Song of the Day

“Ah, now I don’t hardly know her.
But, I think I can love her,
Crimson and Clover.”

Joan Jett SOTD

In 1981, “Crimson and Clover” reminded me of a girl at school I had a crush on. She was older by two years/two grades. She seemed beyond cool with her short dark hair and oversized leather jacket that I think belonged to her older brother. She talked to me once while I waited out in the schoolyard for my mom to pick me up. For a moment I felt like I was cool, too.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts SOTD

“Crimson and Clover” appeared on the debut album by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, released in 1981. They released the track as a single, and in 1982 it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was their second-highest charting hit in the United States. The cover song also hit #4 in Canada, and #6 in Australia, in addition to charting in parts of Europe. (from Wikipedia).

“Crimson and Clover” (live) by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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