Joe Jackson

Steppin' Out

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Easily the most well known single released by Jackson, “Steppin’ Out” is a mélange of simple piano hooks, rudimentary electronic treatment and classic vocal pop. A meditation on the necessity of goin’ out to make life a little more exciting, “Steppin’ Out” is recognizable immediately with a rhythm track that is quaint in its simplicity and driving enough to invoke images of the big city at night. While it can be argued that it borders on adult alternative, it’s classier than that. While lots artists in the early eighties had tacked on to the money bags that ‘softer’ rock brought, guys like Paul Davis and Air Supply were schmaltzy, maudlin song writers who went for the lowest common denominator. Jackson, on the other hand, was able to sculpt solid pop rooted in traditional pop morays whilst rising about platitudes and cliché and release songs that were catchy, emotional, and heartfelt without getting all saccharin.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Night and Day 1982 A&M 4:23
Stepping Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson 1990 Universal 4:18
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Oldgold / Im 3:46
Hits Der 80's, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
BMG International 4:34
100% Summer Jazz 1995
Various Artists
No Image 1996 A&M
Greatest Hits 1996 A&M 4:19
This Is It! The A&M Years 1997 Polygram 4:22
More Music from the Motion Picture: Romy & Michele's High School Reunion 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 4:19
Double Feature: Romy & Michele's/More Romy & Michele's 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 4:19
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1982 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:21
Now: 1983 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:45
Modern Rock: Cutting Edge 80's 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Classic Joe Jackson: The Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal International 4:20
Night & Day/Body & Soul 2001 A&M / Mercury 4:24
The Collection 2001 Spectrum Music 4:14
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:22
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Joe Jackson 2001 A&M / Uptown / Universal 4:21
A Year in Your Life: 1982, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 4:18
Steppin' Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson 2001 A&M 4:21
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:47
Pacha, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 5:21
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Easy, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:24
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's New Wave 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:22
KKSF 103.7 FM Sampler for AIDS Relief, Vol. 14 2003
Various Artists
KKSF / KKS 4:17
The Trip: Dirty Vegas 2003 Family Recordings / Universal International 4:19
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution / CCM 4:24
Naughty But Nice 2005
Various Artists
Family Recordings 4:11
The Best of Joe Jackson [DVD] 2005 A&M
Very Best of Joe Jackson 2006 Universal International 4:13
'80s Dance Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:23
DJ-Kicks 2007 !K7
Tonight & Forever: The Joe Jackson Collection 2007 Spectrum Music 4:15
Colour Collection 2007 Spectrum Music 4:20
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of 80's Pop 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:21
The 80s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 4:18
Totally '80s for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:46
Classic Joe Jackson 2009 Spectrum / A&M / Universal Music 4:20
Total 80s Pop 2010
Various Artists
Universal 4:19
Collected [Universal] 2010 Universal 4:25
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Pop - 100 Hits 2011
Various Artists
Ultimate 4:13
Tubes Années 80 2011 Wagram 4:20
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 4:22
RTL2 100 Tubes Années 80 2013
Various Artists
Wagram Records 4:20
Latest & Greatest Running Songs 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:59
Greatest Ever!: Eighties: The Definitive Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:14
Sing Street [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2016
Original Soundtrack
Decca / Sing Street 4:16
Hard to Find 45s on CD, Vol. 15: 80's Essentials 2016
Various Artists
Eric 3:46
No Image
Various Artists
UMG Recordings Inc.
Best of Rockpalast
Various Artists
Made in Germany / MIG 4:34
New Wave Hits of the 80s
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
The Best '80s Hits Collection
Various Artists
Universal 4:21
The Best of 1982: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 4:22
Throwback Tunes: 80s
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:20