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Joe Jackson (1989)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages audio, 19 April 1989

The lanky singer-songwriter talks about his new Blaze of Glory album; songwriting and arranging; being in exile in NYC; film soundtracks and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 39.2mb, interview length: 42' 50" sound quality: ***

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Joe Jackson: Nashville, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 20 January 1979

Spiv rock — the big thing in '79? ...

Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 February 1979

JOE JACKSON is a contender: he's fast, tough and he doesn't mess around. At a time when the orthodox powers-that-be in the rock business are ...

Joe Jackson: Crisp. In A Huge In America Sort Of Way

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 February 1979

THE HANDS spell nerves: balled into fists and rammed into the pockets of the pinstripe jacket. The elbows jerk and the knees twitch, the face ...

Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson: Waiting For The End Of The World

Comment by Penny Valentine, Creem, May 1979

TWO GOOD things about rock music: how it makes even cynics get emotionally involved when they least expect it; how the best moments are the ...

Joe Jackson: Further Thoughts On The Foolishness Of Polka Dot Ties

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 2 June 1979

"I THINK people realised it's about time they had some decent music over here", says the man behind the desk at the top of the ...

Joe Jackson: I'm The Man

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 October 1979

SUCCESS success success! (Does it matter?) ...

Joe Jackson: Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 13 October 1979

HURRAH'S IS, for the moment, the in-crowd club in New York's rock circle, having taken over the limelight from CBGB and Max's. Those who seem ...

Joe Jackson: Just Joe

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 December 1979

EYES RIGHT! Talking Heads are playing the Electric Ballroom tonight, and clearly visible above all the twitching cerebella is one head, as instantly noticeable as ...

Joe Jackson: Indifferent To Joe

Interview by Mike Stand, The Face, May 1980

ROCK 'N' ROLL is supposed to be from The Wrong Side Of The Tracks and I suppose the Joe Jackson Band's rehearsal room qualifies. It's ...

Joe Jackson Band: Beat Crazy (A&M)

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 11 October 1980

WITH SOME albums, constructive criticism's more a case of wishful thinking. With others, you just don't bother. ...

Joe Jackson: I'm The Man

Review by Van Gosse, The Village Voice, Spring 1980

FOR YEARS JOE Jackson made his money playing covers in English Playboy Clubs, ignored amid the bedroom eyes. His own music was rejected by every ...

Joe Jackson: Beat Crazy

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, February 1981

IS JOE JACKSON as tired of goofing on wacky 50's graphics as I am? Apparently not, because Beat Crazy sports the squarest, most cliched cover ...

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive: Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, October 1981

JUMPIN' JIVE IS about a musician with an attitude messing with music that is about style. ...

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive: Savoy, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1981

WHITE ROCK musicians are notorious for "borrowing" from blacks. Were it not for the inspiration of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, James Brown and so ...

Joe Jackson: Night And Day (A&M)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 26 June 1982

JACKSON IS the kind of nice guy people admire rather than warm to. He has the right sort of moves and an unimpeachable humanitarian streak; ...

Joe Jackson: An Ordinary Joe

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 22 January 1983

Joe Jackson: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Joe Jackson: Who Needs Rock'N'Roll?

Profile and Interview by David Gans, Musician, February 1983

JOE JACKSON works, from the very start of his two and a half hour show. He sings with every inch and every ounce of his ...

Soul Searching: Joe Jackson

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Time Out, 5 April 1984

Joe Jackson used to be just another angry British rocker. Now he makes music that wouldn’t seem out of place in an up-market New York ...

Joe Jackson: Body And Soul (A&M)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, July 1984

ANYONE WHO'S familiar with the Blue Note albums of the '50s and '60s will appreciate the homage paid by the cover of Joe Jackson's latest. ...

Joe Jackson: No Room For Rock

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Record, July 1984

On a Friday evening in an undistinguished bar in Manhattan’s East Village, a drunk slides off his stool and onto the floor, where he curls ...

Joe Jackson: Success With The Help of Will Power

Interview by Mark Dery, Only Music, July 1987

He's done everything from beatinghimself crazy to jumping jive,but with his new albumthe composer has returned to the classics. ...

Joe Jackson: Stepping Out: The Very Best Of Joe Jackson

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1990

MAYBE JOE JACKSON has never stood still long enough for a lot of people to get to like him. Although The Very Best Of – ...

Joe Jackson

Interview by David Sinclair, Q, May 1991

JOE JACKSON is clearing up and moving out of his first floor Manhattan apartment. A cool breeze blows gently through the open French windows and ...

Joe Jackson: "Actually, I quite like landmines"

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2008

Joe Jackson, songwriter and contrarian, talks to Robert Sandall about smoking, Berlin, and his new album. ...

Joe Jackson: Still Looking Sharp

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, March 2008

David Burke catches a rare sighting of pop music's invisible man. ...

Joe Jackson: Don't Look Back in Anger

Retrospective and Interview by David Burke, Classic Pop, February 2019

JOE JACKSON doesn't strike you as someone who's all that bothered about anniversaries, preferring to remain in the present rather than return to the past. ...


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