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Joe Jackson on World Cafe | July 27, 2012

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Joe Jackson is well known as the writer of the 1979 hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and for his biggest single, "Steppin' Out." Jackson — who grew up in Portsmouth, England and attended the Royal Academy of Music — has also had five Grammy nominations over his illustrious four-decade career. His music has ranged from light pop-rock to ambitious, classically structured pieces. He is also the author of A Cure for Gravity, a memoir first published in 1999.

Jackson's latest album, The Duke, is an album of covers released this past June and features wild re-imaginings of Duke Ellington's greatest hits. Jackson has some help from singers Iggy Pop ("It Don't Mean a Thing") and Sharon Jones ("I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues").

On today's episode of World Cafe, Jackson explains to host David Dye some of the rules he set for himself — for example, no horns appear on the album — and how those rules helped unlock his creative process. Jackson is touring in support of The Duke with a newer, larger band called, inevitably, the Bigger Band. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

Billy Stewart "Summertime" Nick at Nite: Patio Pool Party
Animal Collective "Summertime Clothes" Merriweather Post Pavilion
Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
((Joe Jackson "Perdido/Satin Doll" The Duke))
Duke Ellington with Ella Fitzgerald "Caravan" Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook
Nat King Cole "Caravan" After Midnight
Joe Jackson "Caravan" The Duke
Duke Ellington "Rockin' In Rhythm" Rockin' In Rhythm
Joe Jackson "Rockin' In Rhythm" The Duke
Duke Ellington "I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues" Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
Joe Jackson "I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues" The Duke
Joe Jackson "Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" The Duke
((Joe Jackson "Caravan" The Duke))
Dr. John "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" Duke Elegant
Taj Mahal "Fishin' Blues" Best of Taj Mahal
Alejandro Escovedo "Man of the World" Big Station
Shivaree "Goodnight Moon" I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head For Making Me Live in this Dump
The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

HOUR 2

Laura Marling "Sophia" A Creature I Don't Know
Feist "How Come You Never Go There" Metals
The Tallest Man on Earth "1904" There Is No Leaving Now
The Lemonheads "Into Your Arms" Come On Feel the Lemonheads
Billy Bragg "Accident Waiting To Happen" Don't Try This At Home
Jerry Douglas "The Boxer" Traveler
((Frazey Ford "If You Gonna Go" Obadiah))
John Fullbright "Gawd Above" From the Ground Up
Thievery Corporation "The Numbers Game" Radio Retaliation
Divine Fits "Would That Not Be Nice" A Thing Called the Divine Fits
((Los Campesinos "2007 The Year That Punk Rock (Broke My Heart)" Hold On Now Youngster))
Jukebox the Ghost "Somebody" Safe Travels]
Devotchka "The Clockwise Witness" A Mad and Faithful Telling
Calexico "Epic" Algiers
Bon Iver "Holocene" Bon Iver
((The One AM Radio "Where I'm Headed" This Too Will Pass))