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Trading in his New Wave threads for an uptown entertainer's tuxedo, Joe Jackson fully embraced his love for sophisticated pop on 1982's Night and Day. True, his version of pop-rock had always shown more refinement than that of his British punk peers. But Night and Day went a step further, masterfully invoking the era of Porter and Gershwin with wry-yet-romantic lyrics and lush melodies. The result is a musical champagne cocktail, bubbling with high spirits and subtle Latin flavors. Jackson's piano virtuosity provides the album's focus. "Real Men" and "T.V. Age" take a jaundiced look at modern sexual roles and media obsessions. "Breaking Us in Two" matches yearning words to a smoothly-contoured tune. The album's centerpiece, "Steppin' Out," is a breezy celebration of Manhattan nightlife sung by Jackson with elegant urgency. First track to last, Night and Day is a work of real class and genuine inspiration.

Customer Reviews

The Real 80's

The Real 80's were Joe Jackson, The Police, Steel Pulse, Stray Cats, and The Tubes. We danced in the 80’s, hair bands need not apply. Those glam band sucked in the 80’s so don’t buy the hype that they were popular, its being slepped out now cuz they did not make a cent back then. Motley Who? Take it from a guy who saw Black Flag in a Kansas VFW Hall in 84’ if you want a taste of the 80’s look to Joe.

The Album that started it all

"All" being my extensive (and nearly complete) collection of Joe's music. I was a DJ on my high school station (KRSM: 10 Watts, & Proud!) around the time that "Steppin' Out" was getting a lot of airplay. Although I liked "Stepping Out", it was the deeper cuts like "Cancer" and "Real Men" that I played on my shifts. This was my first taste of what pop could be when crafted by a real musician, and I only thirsted for more. Now if I can only find that "Mike's Murder" soundtrack....

understated classic

can't believe only a few people have rated it.....this is one of the geniuses of the 20th century....and that term should be used one album defines jackson....but if you had to choose one


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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