Joe Jackson Band, The - Beat Crazy – Used LP
VG/VG 3rd set, 1980. I'd never actually listened to this album, and I think from reading others opinions just assumed this was his Joe into completely different territory, but actually to me, this sounds like an extension of the previous two, and while I thought this would be a bit happier (based on the sleeve), he actually sounds angrier. While this might not have those stand out hits from the previous, this is another worthwhile grab for fans. -- winch
"Before exploring jump blues and early R&B on 1981's Jumpin' Jive and later jazz and Latin styles on 1982's Night and Day, Joe Jackson expanded his power pop and punk m.o. with this, his reggae-tinged third album. Jackson sticks with the short songs and punk feel of his first two releases, but strategically adds rocksteady and jazz elements here and there. A direct reggae influence is heard on such dub-style cuts like "In Every Dream Home," while more of a pastiche approach is evident on tracks like "Mad at You." Jackson even riffs off of Linton Kwesi Johnson's dub poetry sides with the dancefloor politics of "Battleground," while also laying down some straight ska on "Pretty Boys." One also gets intimations of the sophisticated jazz-pop songwriting of Night and Day with torching gems like "One to One." As is the case on most of his albums, Jackson covers a wide array of topics here, including modern relationships, feminism, club life, and the social fringe. A solid effort."