Tuesday, 23 June 2009

A slow song - Joe Jackson

After his marriage ended, Joe Jackson moved toNew York. His 1982 album 'Night and day' was a partial tribute to the city. Songs like 'Real men' and 'A slow song' referenced New York indirectly. I don't know why 'Real men' ended up on the B-side of the single in the UK, but perhaps it was because of its anti-war sentiments under Thatcher's reign and the Falklands war that was taking place that year.

'A slow song' was put on the A-side instead, a seven minute epic, on the face of it complaining about the loudness of music and DJ's that keep playing uptempo tracks. But as always with Joe Jackson, there's bound to be a message beneath... You tell me!

My collection: 7" single no. 2994
Found: Beanos, East Croydon, London, May 27, 1998
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'A slow song' / 'Real men'

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