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Look Sharp!

Joe Jackson

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A brilliant, accomplished debut, Look Sharp! established Joe Jackson as part of that camp of angry, intelligent young new wavers (i.e., Elvis Costello, Graham Parker) who approached pop music with the sardonic attitude and tense, aggressive energy of punk. Not as indebted to pub rock as Parker and Costello, and much more lyrically straightforward than the latter, Jackson delivers a set of bristling, insanely catchy pop songs that seethe with energy and frustration. Several deal with the lack of thoughtful reflection in everyday life ("Sunday Papers," "Got the Time"), but many more concern the injuries and follies of romance. In the caustic yet charming witticisms of songs like the hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," "Happy Loving Couples," "Fools in Love," and "Pretty Girls," Jackson presents himself on the one hand as a man of integrity seeking genuine depth in love (and elsewhere), but leavens his stance with a wry, self-effacing humor, revealing his own vulnerability to loneliness and to purely physical attraction. Look Sharp! is the sound of a young man searching for substance in a superficial world -- and it also happens to rock like hell.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
One More Time (Album Version)
00:03:16

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

2
Sunday Papers (Album Version)
00:04:19

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

3
Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Album Version)
00:03:35

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Graham Maby, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Houghton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Sanford, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

4
Happy Loving Couples (Album Version)
00:03:07

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

5
Throw It Away (Album Version)
00:02:48

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

6
Baby Stick Around (Album Version)
00:02:36

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

7
Look Sharp! (Album Version)
00:03:22

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

8
Fools In Love (Album Version)
00:04:23

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Graham Maby, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gary Sanford, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

9
(Do The) Instant Mash (Album Version)
00:03:11

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

10
Pretty Girls (Album Version)
00:02:54

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

11
Got The Time (Album Version)
00:02:58

David Kershenbaum, Producer - Joe Jackson, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

12
Don't Ask Me (Single Version)
00:02:43

Joe Jackson, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

13
You Got The Fever (Single Version)
00:03:36

Joe Jackson, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

Album Description

A brilliant, accomplished debut, Look Sharp! established Joe Jackson as part of that camp of angry, intelligent young new wavers (i.e., Elvis Costello, Graham Parker) who approached pop music with the sardonic attitude and tense, aggressive energy of punk. Not as indebted to pub rock as Parker and Costello, and much more lyrically straightforward than the latter, Jackson delivers a set of bristling, insanely catchy pop songs that seethe with energy and frustration. Several deal with the lack of thoughtful reflection in everyday life ("Sunday Papers," "Got the Time"), but many more concern the injuries and follies of romance. In the caustic yet charming witticisms of songs like the hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," "Happy Loving Couples," "Fools in Love," and "Pretty Girls," Jackson presents himself on the one hand as a man of integrity seeking genuine depth in love (and elsewhere), but leavens his stance with a wry, self-effacing humor, revealing his own vulnerability to loneliness and to purely physical attraction. Look Sharp! is the sound of a young man searching for substance in a superficial world -- and it also happens to rock like hell.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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