Different For Girls
1979 was a pretty good year for music. I was buying albums like they were going out of fashion, and experimenting with new artists, styles, and genres. Along came the English singer/songwriter Joe Jackson. Despite the fact that he was losing his hair young, he was only a couple of years younger than me, and I immediately identified with what he was doing. Sharply dressed, and very cool, he embraced both Swing and Pop styles of music with equal ease. In short, he was my kind of guy.
‘I’m The Man’, the album containing this single, initially enjoyed small sales, and a lukewarm reception from the critics. But as far as I was concerned, he was ‘The Man’, and he had taken British pop music in another direction. And it was a good direction too. He had already recorded some standout tracks, including ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’ (Which almost featured here) And he went on to produce several more; not least ‘Jumpin’ Jive’, and ‘Steppin’ Out’.
Then he just sort of disappeared. He was living in America, and still working. Unfortunately, his output was not attractive to the mainstream buyers any more. It didn’t get played, so wasn’t noticed. I thought that he had just gone the way of so many before him, but some research shows me that he was still releasing records as recently as 2012. I just hadn’t heard of them. So, in my experience, he is restricted to a time and place. It is a very good time and place though, and he was a great part of it. Here he is, singing his heart out. The song is really quite deep. Listen to the lyrics.