Is She Really Going Out with Him?

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For the song by Kid Courageous, see Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Kid Courageous song).
"Is She Really Going Out with Him?"
Single by Joe Jackson
from the album Look Sharp!
B-side "You Got the Fever" (UK)
"(Do the) Instant Mash" (US)
Released September 1978
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock, New wave
Length 3:33
Label A&M - AMS 7392
Writer(s) Joe Jackson
Producer(s) David Kershenbaum
Joe Jackson singles chronology
"Is She Really Going Out with Him?"
"Sunday Papers"

"Is She Really Going Out with Him?" is the first single released by Joe Jackson in September 1978.[1] The track was included on Jackson's debut album, Look Sharp!, the following year. Live versions appeared on Live 1980/86 (containing three versions of the song including an acoustic version and an a cappella doo-wop version)", on Two Rainy Nights in 2002, and on the bonus CD of Volume 4 in 2003.

Despite initially being released in 1978, it took a re-issue (catalogue number AMS 7459) of the single in the summer of 1979 to break Jackson into the UK Singles Chart.

Jackson's self-penned song reached No. 13 in the UK, and No. 21 in the U.S.[1][2] It also appeared in the charts in Australia, Canada and the Netherlands.[3] While the US single had "(Do the) Instant Mash" as the B-side, the UK version had the non-album track, "You Got the Fever".

The song has been covered by Undeclinable Ambuscade, Wes Carr, Kid Courageous, Sugar Ray, Da Vinci's Notebook, James Michael and Goldfinger. The song was featured in the 1998 romantic comedy film, There's Something About Mary, the 2003 ABC sitcom I'm with Her which used the Goldfinger cover version as the theme song, The Simpsons episode Rome-old and Juli-eh and Live From Daryl's House episode No. 3 with the Plain White T's.


Current performances usually have a call and response aspect to the refrain "somethin's goin' wrong around here" with the audience repeating the phrase, and Jackson echoing all or part of it back again. This developed as reaction to audience sing-along, which at times appeared to annoy him, but he has since come to embrace the audience's love for the song.


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 485–486. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
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