Thursday, October 07, 2010

Joe Jackson - 'You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)'

Joe Jackson is perhaps best known for his 8-bit video game inspired 'Steppin' Out'.  'Breaking Us in Two' and 'Is She Really Going Out With Him?' were other eighties favorites.

One common theme of Jackson's music is his synthesis of Costello thrum and jazz piano with current musical styles of the time.  In 1984, however, Jackson stepped out of his usual paradigm (pun intended), and dedicated an album to a more jazz-heavy sound--an approach rarely heard of in the 1980s.

'You Can't Get What You Want' was one such result of Jackson's fusion experiment.  While echoing the rousing funk of bands like The Time, Jackson still retained his signature new wave hook when it came to the tune's chorus.

Check out the video stream for the tasty 'You Can't Get What You Want':

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