Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, "Fake Friends" Single (1983). Front cover image. Punk-pop, power-pop, rock.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, "Fake Friends" Single (1983). Back cover image. Punk-pop, power-pop, rock.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, "Fake Friends" Single (1983). Record label sticker image. Punk-pop, power-pop, rock.
Modern Soul Records

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts "Fake Friends" Single (1983)

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Details: Used 7" record. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "Fake Friends" b/w "Nitetime" on Blackheart and MCA Records. Fun sleeve design! Both tracks were originals written by Jett and keyboardist Kenny Laguna. Some ring wear and a tiny rip on bottom left of sleeve (see images) but otherwise looks great!

Description: "Unlike Joan Jett's two previous albums, only two tracks are cover songs, though this had not been the original plan. During the recording of the album, Jett commented, "I know what's going to happen. When we included lots of covers, people would call us on it. If we don't they'd say, 'Where's the covers?'"

The first single released from the album was the lead track "Fake Friends." The U.S. 7-inch vinyl featured "Nitetime" on the reverse side, with a locked groove at the end of the song. This meant that jukeboxes playing the track would have to be manually rejected in order to reject the record. The CD bonus track "Locked Groove" is an actual recording of the end of the single. A second issue with "Handyman" as the B-side was sent to distributors. A video was shot for "Fake Friends" where Joan and the Blackhearts are continually mobbed by 'fans' and hangers-on who quickly turn into cardboard cut-outs and fall over. It received heavy airplay on MTV, though the song was a relative disappointment on the Billboard Hot 100. Kenny Laguna later told Creem magazine that he had objected to "Fake Friends" being the first single, as it wasn't a natural fit for rock radio, but was rebuffed by the label.

The second single, "Everyday People" (backed with "Why Can't We Be Happy") was somewhat better received and came accompanied by a slapstick video in which Jett is plagued by a smoking hair-dryer, a defunct alarm clock, and a collapsing bed. A promotional 7-inch and 12-inch Dance Mix of the song was sent to radio stations; the commercial 12-inch record featured the notorious "Star Star" on the B-side.

A third video was filmed for "The French Song," but MTV gave it scant airtime, and a single of the track was only released in Canada, where it was backed with "Coney Island Whitefish."

Grade: VG+ (cover) / NM (record)

Tracklisting Side A:

1. Fake Friends

Tracklisting Side B:

1. Nitetime