Joe Jackson’s Latest, a Tribute to Duke Ellington, Has Some Unexpected Joys (Capital New York)


Joe Jackson is best remembered for the bit of incredulous, snotty power pop he released in 1979 titled “Is She Really Going Out With Him?

The chorus to that song (which is all most people likely recall about the track) features Jackson singing in an Elvis Costello-ish affect, surfing a gigantic wave of power chords, but it’s the rest of the song—the plodding, reggae-style syncopated guitar line, the call-and-response vocals, and a general aura of weirdness—that is really indicative of Jackson’s musical expansiveness.

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