30 years ago: Joe Jackson was Steppin' Out ... and hating music videos
Joe Jackson's Night and Day album turns 30 years old this month. It was the only album of Jackson's to reach the top 5 in both the U.S. and U.K. and featured his signature '80s hit, Steppin' Out.
The song soared to as high as No. 6 in the charts back in 1982. It'd score Grammy nominations for record of the year and best male pop performance. (He lost to Toto's Rosanna and Lionel Richie's Truly.) Oddly enough, for being the biggest hit on the album, it was the last song on side 1. (The only other big hit was Breaking Us in Two.)
As far as the video goes, Jackson wasn't all that happy about it or the network it gained fame on.
"Rock 'n' roll is degenerating into a big circus, and videos and MTV are very much part of that," Jackson reportedly told Time Out back in 1984. "People who are seriously interested in making music as an end in itself are going to have to split away and forge a different path."