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The Sleepy Jackson is effectively Luke Steele’s one-man band, but there are many Luke Steeles. This 1999 debut LP features alt-country (“Old Dirt Farmer”), alt-rock (“Vampire Racecourse”), psychedelic (“Come to This”), and orchestral pop (“Good Dancers”), along with Dylanesque balladeering (“Acid in My Heart”). Broadly in early Beck territory, this album is full of big gambles that pay off in surprising ways. Because they’re essentially rooted in the blues and country traditions, though, the songs hold together to create one eclectic piece.


Formed: 1999 in Perth, Australia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Essentially the project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Steele and a revolving cast of supporting musicians, Perth, Western Australia's the Sleepy Jackson mixed everything from electro-pop to alt-country to soaring, George Harrison-esque pop in their music. The son of blues singer Rick Steele, Luke Steele grew up in a musical home, but wanted to take his interest in music in a different direction than his father had. Steele formed the band in 1999, and after naming the group after...
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