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Joe Jackson was an accomplished musician as the ‘New Wave’ scene of the late 1970s attracted the attention of record labels looking to sign the next smart angry young songwriter. Streamlining his eclectic musical interests, Jackson zeroed in on a lean, mean sound that emphasized tight percussive pop with his caustic, observational insights. 1979’s I’m the Man was the quick follow-up to the immediate success of his debut album, Look Sharp! and its hit single “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” (released earlier in the year), and it starts fast and furious with “On Your Radio” laying down the gauntlet to “ex-lovers and enemies” who must now endure hearing Jackson taunting them over the public airwaves. The aggressive lockstep rhythm section, cemented by the melodic counterpoint of bassist Graham Maby, combines with the tight harmony arrangements for incredibly precise pop (“Geraldine and John,” “Kinda Kute,” “It’s Different for Girls”) that symbolizes the anti-excess of the ‘New Wave’ era. Jackson would expand his stylistic palette from here. But taken together with his debut, I’m the Man represents the equal of his fellow contenders from the ‘70s: Graham Parker, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

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Joe in the early years

I've been listening to Joe Jackson since the late 70s...This is definitely one of his best in the rock/pop genre. Most of the songs are high energy, with great bass lines by Graham Maby, and the still underappreciated guitar work of Gary Sanford. Joe is at the top of the game in almost every song. Infectious grooves and lyrics that make you stop and appreciate what he really did to progress the music scene in the boring late 70's, early 80's. I have heard every JJ disk, whether on vinyl, digital, reel-to-reel, cassette, and jungle drums. Joe Jackson is clearly one of the best singer/songwriters,performers of his era. If you pass this one up, go get your hearing checked, and if that works out, you should probably see a shrink, this stuff is nothing short of great!

Love it

This album inspired me to be a bass player .Graham Mabe (I know I didn't spell it right) is a brilliant bass player. The bass sounds are outstanding, poppy and bright. I basically copied him.

So cool this album came out with the new punk sound

If it wasn't for Joe Jackson you probably wouldn't be bands like afi, panic at the disco, and the racontuers. This album is definetley one of joe jackson's best. It really started a new age with band that have came and still many more bands will follow joe jackson's punk style.


Born: August 11, 1954 in Burton-upon-Trent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In his 1999 memoir, A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage, Joe Jackson writes approvingly of George Gershwin as a musician who kept one foot in the popular and one in the classical realms of music. Like Gershwin, Jackson possesses a restless musical imagination that has found him straddling musical genres unapologetically, disinclined to pick one style and stick to it. The word "chameleon" often crops up in descriptions of him, but Jackson prefers to be thought of as "eclectic." Is he the Joe...
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