Tuesday, January 17, 2006
“Steppin’ Out” by Joe Jackson, from the album Night and Day.
Third week of August, 1982
It surprises me that people work themselves into a froth when music that they loved (one-hit wonder or otherwise) gets bought up by some corporation for use in an advertising campaign. If anything, I feel exactly the opposite. Not only is an artist that I enjoyed putting a little coin in their pocket for their trouble, I am reminded of a song that I may have forgotten. Such is the case with Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out.” I think it was Pontiac that nabbed this song two or three years back. This song is so early-80s reminiscent that I want to go out and get a Rubik’s Cube and a Le Tigre shirt every time I hear it. And behind all that nostalgia is some surprisingly trenchant lyrics, including the mind-bending line “We are young but getting old before our time.”
Best moment: Beginning of the piano solo (@ 3:11).