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Steppin' Out (Joe Jackson song)
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|Single by Joe Jackson|
|from the album Night and Day|
"Another World" (UK 7")
"Chinatown" (U.S. 7")
|Released||August 1982 (U.S.)
October 1982 (UK)
|Genre||New Wave, synthpop|
|Length||4:23 (album version)
3:43 (single version)
|Producer||David Kershenbaum, Joe Jackson|
|Joe Jackson singles chronology|
The song is about the anticipation and excitement of a night out on the town. Released as a single in August 1982, it became Jackson's biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit in the U.S., peaking at number six. It was his second biggest hit on the UK Singles Chart, also reaching number six. Only "It's Different for Girls", which reached number five in the UK in 1980 did better. The music video for the song, directed by Steve Barron, featured a housekeeper pretending she was a Cinderella figure. It was filmed over one night in the St. Regis Hotel in New York during the summer of 1982.
"Steppin' Out" eventually earned Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.
In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Chris True praised the song as a "mélange of simple piano hooks, rudimentary electronic treatment and classic vocal pop, with a rhythm track that is quaint in its simplicity and driving enough to invoke images of the big city at night."
The song was covered by Fantastic Plastic Machine for his 1998 self-titled album. It was also covered by Stanley Jordan on his 2008 album "State of Nature" and Kurt Elling on his 2011 album "The Gate"..
In 2002, "Steppin' Out" appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, playing on pop radio station Flash FM.
A loop of the instrumental portion of this song is used as the theme music for the WYES-TV (New Orleans, Louisiana) weekly arts and entertainment program, Steppin' Out.
The song is heard as background music in the 2009 film, L'affaire Farewell. It is used in a scene set in 1981, which predated the actual release of the song.
A snippet from the song appears at the end of a 2011 Target television commercial for Pedigree dog food.