Big World is a live album of original songs by Joe Jackson, released March 24, 1986. The album was recorded in front of an invited audience at the Roundabout Theatre, East 17th Street in New York City on 23, 24 and 25 January 1986 (except “Man in the Street”, recorded during rehearsals on 22 January). The songs are loosely linked by lyrics covering a general theme of post-World War II international relations and global travel.
“Wild West” 4:37
“Right and Wrong” 4:35
“(It’s A) Big World” 4:44
“Precious Time” 3:23
“Tonight and Forever” 2:31
“Shanghai Sky” 5:10
“Fifty Dollar Love Affair” 3:38
“We Can’t Live Together” 5:25
“Forty Years” 4:26
“Soul Kiss” 4:44
“The Jet Set” 3:50
“Tango Atlantico” 2:58
“Home Town” 3:12
“Man in the Street” 5:05
Joe Jackson – piano, recorder, accordion, melodica, vocals Vinnie Zummo – guitars, vocals Rick Ford – bass, acoustic guitar, vocals Gary Burke – drums Joy Askew, Nikki Gregoroff, Peter Hewlett, Curtis King Jr. – extra backing vocals
This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.
We continue with letter A and move into B. We feature music from: Oak Ridge Boys, Iggy Pop, Jim Steinman, Kinks, Sugarhill Gang, Mitch Ryder, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Joe Jackson, Devo, Kenny Rogers, AC/DC, Smokey Robinson, Spider, April Wine and many more. . .
David Ian “Joe” Jackson (born August 11, 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. Having spent years studying music and playing clubs, he scored a hit with his first release, “Is She Really Going Out with Him?”, in 1979. It was followed by a number of new wave singles, before he moved to more jazz-inflected pop music and had a Top 10 hit in 1982 with “Steppin’ Out”. Jackson is associated with the 1980s Second British Invasion of the US. He has also composed classical music. He has recorded 20 studio albums and received five Grammy Award nominations.
Jackson spent a number of years living in New York City, which served as an inspiration for his 1982 song “Steppin’ Out”. In a 2018 interview, Jackson said “I don’t like New York much these days. It’s as if the city and I had a hot love affair and now we’re just friends, but we still have to see each other to remain friends. Today I live in Berlin. The New York I knew in late ’81 and ’82 is gone.” Jackson currently resides in Berlin, but also owns homes in New York and Portsmouth.
Jackson was married to his wife, Ruth, for two years, but the marriage ended in divorce and was later called a “disaster” by Jackson. In a 2001 interview with the Irish Independent, Jackson stated that he was in a relationship with a male partner. Jackson had previously discussed his bisexuality in his autobiography A Cure for Gravity. His questioning of potential homosexuality and same-gender attraction is explored in the 1982 single “Real Men”.
David Ian “Joe” Jackson (born August 11 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. Having spent years studying music and playing clubs, Jackson scored a hit with his first release, “Is She Really Going Out with Him?”, in 1979. This was followed by a number of new wave singles before he moved to more jazz-inflected pop music and had a Top 10 hit in 1982 with “Steppin’ Out”. He is associated with the 1980s Second British Invasion of the US. He has also composed classical music. He has recorded 19 studio albums and received 5 Grammy Award nominations.
Look Sharp! is the debut album by Joe Jackson, released in 1979. The album featured one of Jackson’s most well-known songs, “Is She Really Going Out with Him?”, as well as the title track “Look Sharp”, “Sunday Papers”, “One More Time” and “Fools in Love”.
The cover, featuring a pair of white shoes, ranked number 22 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest album covers of all time.
In 2000, it was voted number 865 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums.
1. “One More Time” 3:15 2. “Sunday Papers” 4:22 3. “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” 3:33 4. “Happy Loving Couples” 3:08 5. “Throw It Away” 2:49 6. “Baby Stick Around” 2:36 7. “Look Sharp!” 3:23 8. “Fools in Love” 4:23 9. “(Do the) Instant Mash” 3:12 10. “Pretty Girls” 2:55 11. “Got the Time” 2:52 12. “Don’t Ask Me” 2:43 13. “You Got the Fever” 3:36
This week we feature music from: Kurtis Blow, Lionel Richie, Supertramp, Pat Benatar, Beastie Boys, Joe Jackson, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Blondie, David Lee Roth and more . . .
This week on the All 80’s Show, music from Split Enz, Steve Miller Band, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Bow Wow Wow, War, Joe Jackson, Billy Vera, Styx, Ramones, Bronski Beat, Bee Gees, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Kim Carnes and much more . . .