Beat Crazy

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Beat Crazy
Beat Crazy (Joe Jackson Band album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by The Joe Jackson Band
Released October 1980
Recorded 1980 at Basing Street Studios, London
Genre New wave, punk rock, ska
Length 45:40
Label A&M
Producer Joe Jackson
The Joe Jackson Band chronology
I'm the Man
(1979)I'm the Man1979
Beat Crazy
Jumpin' Jive
(1981)Jumpin' Jive1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Beat Crazy is the third album by Joe Jackson, released in October 1980, and credited to the Joe Jackson Band.[3] It was a relative disappointment commercially, peaking outside the Top 40 in both the UK and the United States, with its singles failing to chart.[4] One reason for the reduced sales in the U.S. may have been that the group did not tour to support it there.[4] Nevertheless, the Joe Jackson Band was successful and toured extensively.[4] This would be the last studio album released by the Joe Jackson Band's original line-up until 2003's Volume 4.

Track Listing[edit]

All songs written, arranged and produced by Joe Jackson.

No. Title Length
1. "Beat Crazy" (lead vocal by Graham Maby) 4:15
2. "One to One" 3:22
3. "In Every Dream Home (A Nightmare)" 4:31
4. "The Evil Eye" 3:45
5. "Mad at You" 6:03
6. "Crime Don't Pay" 4:24
7. "Someone Up There" 3:47
8. "Battleground" 2:33
9. "Biology" 4:31
10. "Pretty Boys" 3:41
11. "Fit" 4:45


  • Joe Jackson – vocals, keyboards, melodica
  • Graham Maby – bass, vocals, lead vocal on "Beat Crazy"
  • Gary Sanford – guitars
  • David Houghton – drums, vocals


Year Chart Position
1980 UK Albums Chart #42
1980 US Billboard 200 #41


  1. ^ "Beat Crazy". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "CG: Joe Jackson Band". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 485–486. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  4. ^ a b c "Biography by William Ruhlmann". Retrieved 4 May 2009. 

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