Wednesday, August 9, 2006


Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Front and center at a Runaways show back in the late '70s, I was gobsmacked by frontwoman Joan Jett's sheer, visceral rawk presence. Hell, I would've licked her toenails if she'd let me. As it was, I was happy just to get a guitar pick and a whole 'lotta 'tude. Sinner revives that feeling. The album's got rebel-yell anger ("Riddles," about pundits' and pols' verbal chicanery) and it's got lust (garagey "A.C.D.C." chronicles a switch-hitting femme fatale). It swings (tuneful waltz "Everyone Knows") and it thrashes (the Clash-like "Change the World"). One moment it's channeling Jett's '70s rock-glam roots (the anthemic "Turn It Around") and the next it's tapping a vintage Replacements tune (a swaggering, saucy "Androgynous") — just because the gal can. A quarter-century after that Runaways show, memories of solo Jett's iconoclastic "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" video from '82 also dancing in my head alongside these brash new tunes, I remain in awe. Chicks with guitars tend to do that to me, of course; but more to the point, even when Jett purrs, she roars. It's utterly inspiring. Some of us men do know, and the little girls, of course, definitely understand.

Fred Mills writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Fred Mills

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 27, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation