Dean, Joanna - 1988 Misbehavin'

ARTIST: Dean, Joanna
ALBUM: Misbehavin'
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 835 272-2
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2015, Yesterrock, 8352722


LINEUP: Joanna Dean - vocals, guitar * Steve Ingle - guitars * Willie Weeks - bass * Roger Cox - drums

Guests: Larry Crane - guitar (#5) * Jim Dickinson - piano, hammond B3 * Fingers Taylor - harmonica (#9)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ready For Saturday Night * 02 Kiss This * 03 Misbehavin' * 04 I Miss The Money * 05 Once Is Enough * 06 Dirty Fingers * 07 Burnin' Rubber * 08 She's Been Hearin' About Me * 09 Gimme Shelter


Joanna Dean (birth name Joanna Dean Jacobs) arrived in the late 80's to much fanfare. Discovered on the local Tennessee circuit, Joanna was signed to Polydor for her 1988 debut LP/CD 'Misbehavin'.

With Creed guitarist Steve Ingle helping out, Dean was let loose in the studio, a raucous mixture of Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Ruby Starr. Her Nicole Kidman lookalike image plus her vocal prowess were the star attractions on this excellent little record.

The Songs

Things get off to a rowdy start courtesy of 'Ready For Saturday Night'. This one is straight from the 80's for sure. 'Kiss This' was the lead off single, for which you can watch the video below. Another rouser.

The title track features some gruff rock guitar from Ingle which puts this in territory. 'I Miss The Money' is more about melodic hard rock with a minimal trace of her blues influence.

Joanna eases off for the acoustic ballad 'Once Is Enough' but eases back into the groove for the shout-along 'Dirty Fingers', which is a Tom DeLuca and Taylor Rhoades co-write. 'Burning Rubber' is just full-on hard rock with all the 80's attributes you can think of, similar to Saraya in their prime.

'She's Been Hearin' About Me' is a song about the typical jealous girlfriend, the song with a suitably similar attitude to match. The closer 'Gimme Shelter' is a cover of a Rolling Stones tune which has been given a fresh interpretation by Joanna and her team.

In Summary

The album didn't do big business at the time, though her exposure in the music industry certainly did not do her credentials any harm at all. Also, she ventured over to Europe, playing England, Ireland and Denmark.

Three years later her second record transitioned into the band project Bad Romance and still remained on the Polydor payroll, though circumstances had deteriorated with the label since the debut.

As for this album, the version to get is the Yesterrock 2015 reissue, which is a remaster but unfortunately there were no bonus tracks.


Joanna Dean - 1988 Kiss This

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