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Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Music-Joe Jackson "Steppin out"

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Steppin' Out (Joe Jackson song)

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"Steppin' Out"
Single by Joe Jackson
from the album Night and Day
B-side "Another World" (UK 7")
"Chinatown" (U.S. 7")
Released August 1982 (U.S.)
October 1982 (UK)
Format 7", 12"
Genre New Wave, synthpop
Length 4:23 (album version)
3:43 (single version)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Joe Jackson
Producer David Kershenbaum, Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson singles chronology
"Breaking Us in Two"
Steppin' Out "Breaking Us in Two"
Music sample

"Steppin' Out" is a song written by Joe Jackson, originally included on his 1982 album, Night and Day.[1]
The song is about the anticipation and excitement of a night out on the town.[2] Released as a single in August 1982, it became Jackson's biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit in the U.S., peaking at number six.[1] It was his second biggest hit on the UK Singles Chart, also reaching number six.[1] Only "It's Different for Girls", which reached number five in the UK in 1980 did better.[3] 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.[2]
"Steppin' Out" eventually earned Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.[4]
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."[5]
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"[6] and Kurt Elling on his 2011 album "The Gate".[7].
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.

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