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Joe Jackson’s single Steppin’ Out
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At 6th August of 1982, Joe Jackson released his hit single „Steppin’ Out.
David Ian „Joe” Jackson is a musician and singer-songwriter. Born in England, he lived in New York before moving to Berlin, and his career, during which he recorded nineteen studio albums and garnered five Grammy Award nominations, spans from 1979 to today.
He became an overnight success with his 1979 hit „Is She Really Going Out with Him ?”, his first single, and after a number of new wave singles moved to a more jazz-inflected pop music; he had a Top 10 hit in 1982 with „Steppin’ Out”, and another hit in 1984 with „You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)”. He has also composed classical music.
„Steppin’ Out” was Joe Jackson’s biggest hit in the US. This song received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1983 but lost to „Rosanna” by Toto. The song is about the anticipation and excitement of a night out on the town.
Joe Jackson wrote and recorded the ‘Night And Day’ album in New York City, and the first side of the album describes various encounters with the city. „Steppin’ Out” is the last song on side one, and takes us on a journey through Manhattan in a taxi. All the tracks on the album segue together, which is a casualty of digital, song by song downloads.
The video featured a housekeeper pretending she was a Cinderella figure, and was filmed over one night in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. This being 1982 and with MTV increasing in influence, Jackson made the video, but he wasn’t happy about it. He told Time Out in 1984: „Rock’n’roll is degenerating into a big circus, and videos and MTV are very much part of that. People who are seriously interested in making music as an end in itself are going to have to split away and forge a different path.”
According to the VH1 show Pop Up Video, the phrase „steppin’ out” was coined in New York City in the 1930s. When Joe Jackson’s marriage broke he moved to New York to record ‘Night And Day.’ The title is from the Cole Porter song, and the album was designed to have the feel of 24 hours in New York City, with the first side representing „Day” and the second „Night.”