You’ll forgive Joan Jett if she’s feeling a little deja vu these days. After being followed around by a film crew for five years as part of the upcoming Bad Reputation biopic (Sept. 28) directed by Kevin Kerslake, Jett is in a reflective mood on the new track “Fresh Start,” which was recorded for the film. “Sometimes I feel like I’ve been here before/ It’s like the past knocking on my door/ Sometimes I feel like I’m standing still/ Or better yet I’m running up a hill,” Jett sings in her signature snarl on the track.
The film chronicles Jett’s rise from teenage renegade in The Runaways and her rise to stardom as a solo act in the 1980s, when she charted such iconic hits as “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Bad Reputation.” The movie features testimonials from the likes of Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong, Blondie’s Chris Stein, longtime manager Kenny Laguna, Iggy Pop, Pete Townshend and many more. “I need a fresh start, let’s go back to the top/ Rewind the tape, and reset the clock/ This time, there’s no turning back,” she sings on the track’s hand-clapping, buzzsaw guitar chorus.
Check out “Fresh Start” and the Bad Reputation trailer below.