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Rediscovering Joe Jackson

Steve Yasko wants to go to the Joe Jackson Show In Morristown
A long time ago, I went to a Joe Jackson concert Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ.  If you’ve ever been to Convention Hall in the 80s, you know you just much the lack of working air conditioning adds to the excitement of the show.   I went with three friends from highschool.  And yes, we wore cheap plastic sunglasses.  It was one of those shows that you kind of remember everything about. 

I think the thing always got to me about Joe is he always expressed his anger and frustration with just the right amount of sharp cutting blade coupled with sophisticated lyrics and observations.  Let’s face it, I’m The Man has some pretty insightful observations about American Consumerism just a few years before the greed is good revelation of Gorden Gecko.  “If I can’t get through to you then I’ll go for your sons.” That pretty much sums up how corporate America has functioned right up to and into the Internet economy.

There was just something so right about Joe’s lyrics and work during the Reagan and Bush Administrations.  May this is why I’ve started listening to Joe again.

For a long time I put Joe on the back burner.  For sure, Look Sharp, I’m the Man, Beat Crazy and Steppin Out were among the first CDs we burned into WTMD’s music library. I even found a bit of respect for his musicality with Laughter and Lust and most especially The Duke.  But lately I’ve felt a little bit of longing to shed the maturity these albums have brought into my life. 

I guess you could say I’ve re-found some of that youthful anger that came with protests at the NIH and the Supreme Court.  Maybe that’s why Joe has bubbled up to the top of my play list.

Now I think I need to get tickets to the Morristown show…That’s where I’m from.  Heck, I saw Meatloaf there in the 70s!

What’s your favorite Joe Jackson Song?

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Stephen Yasko

Stephen Yasko is a Public Radio and Media Executive and Nonprofit Executive Director. Yasko is the Founding General Manager of WTMD 89.7 FM in Baltimore where he took a neglected asset to a top 10 NPR Music radio station. He moved WTMD from a basement hovel to a state of the art Broadcast facility located in the center of Towson, MD.