ARTIST: Joe Jackson
TITLE: Look Sharp
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #20 US, #40 UK
SINGLES: Is She Really Going Out with Him (#21 US, #13 UK), Sunday Papers, One More Time, Fools in Love
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Got the Time
LINEUP: Joe Jackson, Gary Sanford, Graham Maby, David Houghton
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the UK’s “angry young men” releases his fantastic debut full of piss and vinegar.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You’d think that this record would have been an instant smash, especially since it’s full of tracks that most new wave and UK punk aficionados know and love. But it took a while for the album and the band to get traction in their home country.
Now, we’ve got 11 tracks of relationships gone awry and love gone askew backed by a roaring band that’s loved and remembered to this day. Jackson’s songs are quite varied, leading from almost punk rock tempos to quirky arrangements (such as “Sunday Papers” and the big hit “Is She Really Going Out with Him”).
This is an album to grab for a taste of late 70’s London.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Jackson made money to record this album by playing in the cabaret band Koffee and Kream
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of B-sides are appended.
GRADE: A: Part of the required listening for late 70’s new wave.