Quite possibly the most bitter, witty, and truthful pop tune ever to make the charts.
Been years since I have even thought of Joe Jackson. His music was a staple while in college. Thanks for posting
There might be a couple of other nominees, but Joe would have performed them as well…
Joe Jackson …Stephen, you’re not old enough to remember ” I’m the man”. No way! Man I loved his stuff…that was a time when, I tried to explain to my kids, you’d drive to a “Record Store”, and spend hours flipping the “Album” covers till you found just the right one. Flipping through Itunes just isn’t the same.
Piumartian, I’d have to say I heard of Night and Day first, followed quickly by Jumpin’ Jive, and I’m The Man. The first album I bought was Body and Soul. The first CD I bought was Laughter & Lust.
Body and Soul is still my favorite, as much for the recording method (all at once in an audio hall) as for the subject material. After that would be Jumpin’ Jive, followed by Laughter & Lust (which includes a kick-ass cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh, Well”). My sister gave me a Jumpin’ Jive cassette for a Christmas present. And, yes, that really dates me.
Any one who likes the above “Breaking Us in Two” would most likely enjoy “The Other Me” from Laughter & Lust. Not to mention Joe’s monster cover of “Tuxedo Junction” on Jumpin’ Jive.
I didn’t know for a long time that Jackson started out in the Punk scene. This (excellent) live version of “I’m The Man” highlights his punk chops.
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