58. Joe Jackson – Sunday Papers (1979)

Happy Boxing Day, everyone!

I spent a few hours this afternoon choosing the last 43 songs for this list — including, if you can believe it, songs that were actually recorded during your lifetimes, not just fossilized dinosaur platters! — and so now we’re ready to roll. I think what I’m going to do is cue them all up to post at regular intervals (by my reckoning, every six hours for the next eleven days). If I get around to writing comments about them, there will be comments for you to enjoy; but if not, there will just be songs, without my usual blather. No great loss!

(By the way, for those of you who have subscribed, if getting four emails a day from WordPress is going to annoy you, feel free to unsubscribe and check in on things on your own time — I promise I won’t be offended…)

Anyway, starting things off all over again we have Joe Jackson, another important voice from the real heyday of London music (which, by my reckoning, ran from 1976 to 1983 or so). Here’s a song from his first record, Look Sharp!

One of the biggest news stories of 2011 in the UK has been the News International phone hacking scandal, which led to the closure of the News of the World and the ongoing Leveson inquiry — you can read a summary on wikipedia if you like. But Joe Jackson was, as usual, far ahead of the curve, calling out the baser instincts of the tabloids back in 1979.

And hey, if you feel like checking in with The Jam on the same subject, have a listen to “News of the World” as well.

Joe Jackson


One thought on “58. Joe Jackson – Sunday Papers (1979)

  1. k- says:

    Not to overload the musical focus on the tabloids, there is also Billy Bragg’s great “It Says Here” and his more recent attack on the Sun/News of the World: “The Scousers Never Buy the Sun”:

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