Sunday, March 16, 2008
Joe Jackson: It's Different for Girls
Another song from my university years at York. It gave Joe Jackson his biggest UK hit, reaching no. 5 in 1979.
Jackson writes clever lyrics and is fluent in every musical style from jazz to classical. But his heyday was the New Wave years of the late 1970s, which means that he is inevitably compared to Elvis Costello as a songwriter. As almost anyone would, he comes off second best from the comparison.