Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups

Any love for Joe Jackson?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by w3stie, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
    Was watching the movie Sing Street last night and a reference to Joe Jackson reminded me of how great this guy was. Haven't heard much from him since the eighties but I never tire of his songs.

    rigid650, Alex W, younkint and 8 others like this.

  2. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA

  3. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

    Huge influence on my sound. Love his hyper futuristic new wave jazz pop.

  4. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2013
    Joe Jackson is a genius.

    His pop style is just a smidge of what this man really knows.
    His historical knowledge is superb and rivals his talent and skill.

    Saw him once with Todd Rundgren on a double bill and as much as I
    like Todd, Joe Jackson was like listening to a an intelligent storyteller.

    He did Steppin Out all by himself with just a piano and covered every part!
    Bass, chords, chime melody, vocals. Amazing.

    I wish I could push bass on piano like that!

    I used to use a copy of a performance of his recorded on a Sony F1 digital.
    At the time it was the cleanest of reference material to use for your PA.

    Listen to this, and crank it!


  5. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    love the guitar dominant joe jackson...the piano and ballady joe jackson not as much
    6stringvet likes this.

  6. Strum und Twang

    Strum und Twang Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Sep 4, 2011
    Amarillo, TX
    I really followed Joe Jackson from "Look Sharp" to "Body and Soul" but lost track of his work after that. Thanks for the impetus to go back and reacquaint myself with him. Great music that's very different than what I find myself up to nowadays. It will be good to loosen up my ears again.
    younkint likes this.

  7. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    Killer twin bill, Todd & Joe!!
    studio and boris bubbanov like this.

  8. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Count me in, it's not that difficult, he done all the work for us :)
    boris bubbanov likes this.

  9. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Look Sharp! is one of my favorite albums from that era.
    Mansonienne and waparker4 like this.

  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I'm an early fan.
    I saw him at the Armadillo World HQ.
    Great show, great super tight small band!

  11. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2013
    younkint likes this.

  12. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2013
    Yeah, that's the Joe we all know and love.
    There's plenty of Joe Jackson to go around.

    His musical capacity is mindboggling.

    Just like The Beatles, some good folks like the early stuff
    and others get into the Sgt. Pepper stuff. No worries!

  13. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    in '80 I got a Look Sharp cassette for my b/day and a few months later got I'm the Man for Xmas.... from two separate people who didn't know eachother... good taste, I guess from both of them,,,

    so I listened to those two cassettes for the next year together.,,,,

    Beat Crazy and Jumpin' Jive came along soon after... lots of good songs in all those LP's.....

  14. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I am *still* trying to find Chinatown.
    waparker4 likes this.

  15. richiek65

    richiek65 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Well.. for the last 25 years or so, I've been telling anyone who'll listen that JJ is on the same musical genius level as Prince.. to paraphrase from a concert review i wish i still had, he comes up with more musical ideas on a Sunday afternoon than most musicians come up with in their entire lives.

    The Live in Tokyo concert is my's one of many favorite moments..the transition from acoustic intro to full electric band gives me goosebumps..and those tasty Cm arpeggios by Tom Teeley on gtr..mmmm....
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2017

  16. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Holic

    Jun 17, 2008
    Love Big World!! I think JJ is a great combo of snotty and sophisticated.

  17. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    In transit
    Great stuff, and works with one of the best bass players in rock, Graham Maby. When I was first learning to play bass, my roommate (a bassist) recommended that I listen to the first two Joe Jackson albums, and you could do a lot worse for yourself. Later on, I played bass in a band that covered "On Your Radio", "Beat Crazy" and "Pretty Boys", and the first one, in particular, is a real workout on the bass, especially at a fast tempo.

    Like a lot of you, I haven't followed his recent career that closely, but I went to the Joe Jackson Band reunion in 2004(?) and bought the album and both were great. I would like to have seen the tour with Todd Rundgren that someone mentioned.
    2 Headed Goat, PigBoy and richiek65 like this.

  18. richiek65

    richiek65 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

  19. richiek65

    richiek65 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Triple post arrgghh
    Why is there no delete button?
    younkint likes this.

  20. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    In transit
    Also, "And the Band Wore Blue Shirts" is one of the best songs about playing in a ****ty local band that I've ever heard.
    Mansonienne likes this.

IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.