Steppin' Out (Joe Jackson song)
Artwork for UK vinyl releases; other editions that use this artwork have various B-side tracks
|Single by Joe Jackson|
|from the album Night and Day|
|Released||August 1982 (US)|
October 1982 (UK)
|Genre||Synthpop, new wave|
|Length||4:23 (album version)|
3:43 (single version)
|Producer(s)||David Kershenbaum, Joe Jackson|
|Joe Jackson singles chronology|
"Steppin' Out" is a song written by Joe Jackson, originally included on his 1982 album Night and Day. The song, inspired by Jackson's time in New York City, was his highest charting single in America.
The song is about the anticipation and excitement of a drive out around the town. Released as a single in early August 1982, it became Jackson's biggest hit in the United States, peaking at #5 in Cash Box magazine and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It also reached #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #7 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks. The infectious tune was Jackson's second biggest hit on the UK Singles Chart, where it reached #6. Only "It's Different for Girls", which reached #5 in the UK in 1980, did better.
During his 2019 tour for the album Fool, Jackson stated he played all the instruments on "Steppin' Out", with the exception of a drummer, who did nothing but mimic the snare drum. The rest of the drumming was done by a Korg KR55 drum machine, the original of which Jackson used on the 2019 tour to play the song.
The music video for the song, directed by Steve Barron, featured a blonde, attractive housekeeper pretending that she was a Cinderella figure. It was filmed over one night in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City during the summer of 1982. The video used the shorter single version instead of the full album version.
In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Chris True praised the song as a "mélange of simple piano hooks, rudimentary electronic treatment and classic vocal pop, with a rhythm track that is quaint in its simplicity and driving enough to invoke images of the big city at night."
The song was most recently covered by AM & Shawn Lee on their 2013 album La Musique Numérique. It was also covered by Stanley Jordan on his 2008 album State of Nature, Kurt Elling on his 2011 album The Gate, and Fantastic Plastic Machine on his 1998 self-titled album. Hugh Masekela covered it on his album, Beatin' Aroun de Bush.
In the media
The song is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, on the fictional in-game radio station Flash FM. The song is also featured in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V, in the fictional in-game radio station Los Santos Underground Radio.
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