I'm the Man (album)

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I'm the Man
I'm the Man (Joe Jackson album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Joe Jackson
Released 5 October 1979
Recorded March 1979
Studio TW Studios, Fulham, London
Genre New wave
Length 38:03 (original)
41:35 (2001 reissue)
Label A&M
AMLH 64794[1]
A&M/PolyGram Records
214 794
A&M/Universal Records
493 089 (2001 reissue)
Producer David Kershenbaum
Joe Jackson chronology
Look Sharp!
I'm the Man
Beat Crazy
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits7½/10[5]
The Village VoiceC+[6]

I'm the Man is Joe Jackson's second album, released in October 1979.[1]

Taken from the album, "It's Different for Girls", was his biggest UK chart single, peaking at number five in the UK Singles Chart.[7]

I'm the Man was re-released in 2001 with one bonus track, a live version of "Come On". "Come On" was originally released as the b-side to Jackson's single "I'm the Man", also issued in October 1979.[1]

On the album cover, Jackson appears in the guise of a particular type of petty criminal known in the United Kingdom as a spiv, a character who, in Jackson's own words, "always wears a gross polka-dot tie and a pencil-thin mustache, and he's always trying to sell you a watch or something like that real cheap. I think people always want to put a label on what you do, so I thought I'd be one step ahead of them and invent one myself - spiv rock."[8]

I'm the Man was also released as a 7" album (5 - 7" singles) in a package as 'The 7" Album' and included a poster.

In 2016 independent record label Intervention Records reissued I'm The Man on 180-gram vinyl with 100% analog mastering.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Joe Jackson, except where noted. Produced by David Kershenbaum.

1."On Your Radio"4:01
2."Geraldine and John"3:14
3."Kinda Kute"3:33
4."It's Different for Girls"3:42
5."I'm the Man"3:58
6."The Band Wore Blue Shirts"5:07
7."Don't Wanna Be Like That"3:41
8."Amateur Hour"4:05
9."Get That Girl"3:03
2001 reissue bonus track
11."Come On" (Live version. Written by Chuck Berry)3:29






Year Chart Position
1979 UK Albums Chart #12
1979 U.S. Billboard 200 #22
Year Song Chart Position
1979 "It's Different for Girls" UK Singles Chart[1] #5
1979 "It's Different for Girls" U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] #101


Organization Level Date
CRIA – Canada Gold 1 November 1979
CRIA – Canada Gold 1 January 1980
BPI – UK Gold 29 April 1980


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 485–486. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  2. ^ DeGagne, Mike. "I'm the Man – Joe Jackson". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Coleman, Mark; Randall, Mac (2004). "Joe Jackson". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 412–13. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Starr, Red (18–31 October 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 29.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (25 February 1980). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ Henke, James (17 May 1979). "Joe Jackson Puts His Best Shoe Forward". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (291): 22.
  9. ^ Records, Intervention. "Intervention Records | Albums". www.interventionrecords.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18.

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