Joan Jett and The Blackhearts – “I Hate Myself for Loving You” – 7″ Single

Out at one of my local haunts, Mad Jacks, I found a handful of 7″ singles and the first one up is from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for their song “I Hate Myself For Loving You”. The song was released in June 1988 and is off her album “Up Your Alley”. The song was written by Joan Jett along with the great Desmond Child who also produced it as well. The song was a Top 10 hit for Joan Jett going all the way to #8 on the charts and help propel the album platinum status.

My version is the standard U.S. Edition with the B-Side being a live version of “Love is Pain”. The original song is off her album “I Love Rock & Roll”. Joan Jett wrote and produced this song. My copy isn’t special or rare, but I am trying to collect any decent 80’s rock picture sleeves so I had to have it.


Joan came up with the guitar riff for this song and wrote it as “I Hate Myself Because I Can’t Get Laid.” Wow! That will never fly, so she took the song to Desmond Child who told her to add Love to the title and they worked together on it and came up with “I Hate Myself for Loving You”. The song opens with a great drum beat and handclap feel to it. That cool guitar riff comes in and is instantly recognizable. It has that old time rock & roll vibe to it and that chorus is so contagious. The pacing is brilliant as it is so simple yet effective. You have the great Mick Taylor on guitar and he handles that wicked solo as well. A total rocker and one of my favorite Joan Jett songs.


“Love is Pain” was originally on the album “I Love Rock & Roll”. This version here is the live version but not sure what year it is from as it doesn’t say. It is not a song I know well, but the live version sounds great. Joan is front & center as her vocals are high in the mix. The Blackhearts do what they do best and that is play and they sound great live. Can’t beat the A-Side on this one.

And there you have it. I have a handful more to showcase from the trip to Mad Jacks’ so expect to them shortly. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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