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
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!
(1979)Look Sharp!1979
I'm the Man
(1979)
Beat Crazy
(1980)Beat Crazy1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
Smash Hits 7½/10[4]

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.[5]

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."[6]

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.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
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
10. "Friday" 3:36
2001 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Come On" (Live version. Written by Chuck Berry) 3:29

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Production

Covers[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

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

Certifications[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ Mike DeGagne. "I'm the Man". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "CG: joe jackson". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Starr, Red (18–31 October 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 29. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Henke, James (17 May 1979). "Joe Jackson Puts His Best Shoe Forward". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (291): 22. 
  7. ^ Records, Intervention. "Intervention Records | Albums". www.interventionrecords.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 

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