Song of the Day #4,404: ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ – Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson’s 1981 Jumpin’ Jive — his fourth studio album — features a dozen covers of 1940s Swing-era classics.

This album was sandwiched between the punk-tinged New Wave of his first few albums and the more musically sophisticated pop he would deliver on his next album, Night and Day.

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Song of the Day #1,633: ‘How Long Must I Wait For You’ – Joe Jackson

joe_jackson_jumpin_jiveFifteen years before swing music hit mainstream pop culture through bands such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Joe Jackson put out his own album of swing covers called Jumpin’ Jive.

Jumpin’ Jive was Jackson’s fourth album and it was released just three years after his debut. It was followed a year later (in 1982) by Night and Day, his most successful record (which featured ‘Steppin’ Out’ and ‘Breaking Us in Two’).

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