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UPDATED 03/05/1990 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/05/1990 at 01:00 AM EST

Joan Jett

Jett probably chose some of these cover songs to show her debt to such influential bands as the Sex Pistols, whose "Pretty Vacant" gets a faithful reworking here.

The lineage between her power-chord sound and the anarchic rage of Johnny Rotten is clear. But since most of Jett's original material mimics so many other people's music, this album sounds as if she and her Blackhearts (and other guests) are just killing time at an extended rehearsal.

Her selections include the Chambers Brothers' 1968 hit "Time Has Come Today" and a routine rendering of AC/DC's obnoxious "Dirty Deeds." Jett brings little to the Kinks' melancholic 1972 classic, "Celluloid Heroes" other than showing she can imitate Davies' accent. On ZZ Top's "Tush," she exercises a woman's right to be "looking for some tush" but does Western civilization need another rendition of this overplayed song?

Jett wins points for exposing her young audience to such tunes as Jimi Hendrix's "Up from the Skies." This album is better than a cashing-in hits package would be. But for variations on a theme, hardcore Jett fans might prefer, say, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in German. (CBS Associated/ Blackheart)

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