Come Upstairs is the singer-songwriterCarly Simon's tenth album, and ninth studio album, released in 1980. It was the first of her three albums for Warner Bros. Records and it has a harder, more rock-oriented sound than her previous albums. Whereas those earlier records were prime examples of the singer-songwriter genre, with soft-rocking arrangements primarily built around piano and/or acoustic guitar accompaniment, Come Upstairs uses electric guitars and synthesizers prominently. In the vernacular of the time, Come Upstairs was a "new wave" album, and it followed the lead of newer bands such as The Knack and Talking Heads.
The first single released from the album was "Jesse", an acoustic ballad that was more in the style of Simon's earlier work rather than an example of her new sound. "Jesse" was a major hit, staying on the Billboard singles charts for 6 months (its peak was #11) and achieving gold status (sales of more than 1,000,000 copies), as well as reaching #4 in Australia and being her biggest hit there since "You're So Vain".