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Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:18 AM

Saturday Night's 80s Doubleshot: Joe Jackson

I went to pick up some food earlier today and I heard the second song on the restaurant so I listened for the chorus to get enough lyrics to do a search to determine the performing artist. I found that Joe Jackson was the singer and then learned that he also was the singer of the more popular song that is posted first. For people that hung out at nightclubs in the 80s it will be a familiar hit.



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Reply Saturday Night's 80s Doubleshot: Joe Jackson (Original post)
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 OP
Manifestor_of_Light Aug 2014 #1
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #2
Manifestor_of_Light Aug 2014 #4
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #3
ms liberty Sep 2014 #7
DreamGypsy Sep 2014 #5
ms liberty Sep 2014 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:30 AM

1. Love Joe Jackson!!

I'm a piano player and I feel I can relate to his chord changes and song structures. I bought the vinyl "Night and Day" back in the early 80s and was hooked. "TV Age" and "Cancer" are pretty funny.



You should listen to "Live in New York". It was recorded at Joe's Pub in New York City in 2000. I've also got a double CD.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:56 AM

2. I must admit that I didn't know who the artist was for either of these songs.

Considering the second song only reached #18 in the U.S. it was a surprise to hear it in a cheesy hamburger joint in Wharton. I vaguely remember hearing it in the 80s so if I hadn't of caught the lyrics in the chorus I would have missed out finding it on YouTube.

The first song was more familiar to me so I'm glad that I know who the performing artist is for the song. I remember the song from my club days in Austin so I associate a lot of great memories from that time.

Most of the current wave of performing artists are quite limited in their use of chord structure and using various time signatures in their arrangements. I'm glad that I posted a couple of hits that received a positive review since I know it is sometimes hit-and-miss regarding musical tastes. We will most definitely need to meet when I'm able to resolve my issues with SSDI. I have many people to meet and many things to do!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:27 AM

4. Joe Jackson had a couple of hits earlier, before "Steppin' Out"

"Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and "It's Different for Girls".

Joe singing-No piano:



It's Different For Girls - live, no piano:



It's Different For Girls - live, just Joe on Piano. If you want to hear his great piano work,
listen to this version from 2013. He's sixty years old now.
This is what I'm talking about, relating to his piano style (I play classical mostly):



English musicians and bands tend to be better than Americans. They are steeped in culture over there and centuries of history, and I think it seeps into their pores.

"quite limited in their use of chord structure and time signatures" -- you're being generous and polite. Most of them are incompetent and think that sampling and borrowing snippets and auto-tune is composing. It's not.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:19 AM

3. I just finished listening to the song and loved it.

I read on Joe Jackson's Wikipedia biography that he is an opponent to smoking bans in the UK so the piece certainly fits his agenda.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 13, 2014, 08:44 PM

7. So funny...

I just posted about the same comment! Love this album, I worked in a record store when it came out and I got the promo copy.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 01:47 AM

5. A sophisticated level of journalism: If you want to know about the stains on the mattress ...


...you can read it in the Sunday papers.

For a while there, Joe was king.

If you want to know about the bishop and the actress
If you want to know how to be a star
If you want to know about the stains on the mattress
You can read it in the Sunday papers, Sunday papers

Mother's wheelchair stays out in the hall
Why should she go out when the TV's on
Whatever moves beyond these walls
She'll know the facts when Sunday comes along



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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Sep 13, 2014, 08:40 PM

6. Both are from Night and Day...

I have that album. Its a really great album, with one of my favorite JJ songs, "Everything gives you Cancer."

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