Reason #467 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Night & Day

Joe Jackson, renaissance man of many styles, relocated to New York and was so inspired by his surroundings he felt compelled to write some songs about it. We should all be glad he did, as Night and Day is one, if not the, best album of his wild and wacky career. There is no other album that evokes the mood of the city better in song; the Congo rhythms of album opener Another World, the rolling synthesizers of hit Steppin’ Out, the oriental underpinnings of Chinatown (“Tryin to find Chinatown…”) and other gems such as Breaking Us In Two, Cancer and TV Age. The only thing that would have made this album better would have been to include Cosmopolitan, from the Mike’s Murder soundtrack. It would have fitted in great.