Joe Jackson.It’s Different for Girls

Joe Jackson (the one with shoes)

Joe Jackson, El Macombo, Toronto, May 21, 1979
Joe Jackson, El Macombo, Toronto, May 21, 1979 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is for one of the great lost technicians to ever craft wonderful beat and melody. He arrived on that great flood of new wave/pop-punk that washed a ton of debris on shore starting in 1979. He was one of the few precious gems left after that great flood receded. This post finds him still alive and well and living in Germany.

Find him here: http://joejackson.com/

He not only creates great songs- the dude can sing- the dude can put on a show-grabbing the moment in his fists and squeezing everything out of it. He is a professional-I only saw him once in concert and he did not disappoint.

Am I going a little crazy waxing poetically about a little blip on the screen of pop music?

Maybe- but I hope you did not miss it at the time it happened. I am focusing on that great output of creativity in three short years from 1979 Look Sharp to 1982 Night and Day – 5 solid recordings – I admit that I left him at the scene of Mike’s Murder in 1983—it was over for this fair weather fan but the man kept rolling on through life and all the storms and kept making great music. You have to respect a true professional. And I am tracking him down again. Now that we are both adults (or at least should be by now).

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8 thoughts on “Joe Jackson.It’s Different for Girls

  1. Always happy to read a positive post about one of the greatest artists in the history of pop music. Some of his songs can bring me close to tears, which doesn’t happen often. This is one of his best, from an amazing album recorded with his incredible band (bass players don’t get much better than Graham Maby).

    Since you left him in ’83, have you never listened to his Big World album from 1986? That’s still probably my favorite of his many great albums.

    1. Thanks Rich- Yes…all of that….tight, technical and sophisticated that packs an emotional punch. And definitely one artist that i want to go back and hit what was missed because quality is not in question.

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