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Beat Crazy is the third album by Joe Jackson, released in October 1980, and credited to the Joe Jackson Band.[3] It was a relative disappointment commercially, peaking outside the Top 40 in both the UK and the United States, with its singles failing to chart.[4] One reason for the reduced sales in the U.S. may have been that the group did not tour to support it there.[4] Nevertheless, the Joe Jackson Band was successful and toured extensively.[4] This would be the last studio album released by the Joe Jackson Band's original line-up until 2003's Volume 4.[5]

Beat Crazy
Beat Crazy (Joe Jackson Band album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
Released25 October 1980
StudioBasing Street Studios, London
GenreNew wave, punk rock, ska
ProducerJoe Jackson
The Joe Jackson Band chronology
I'm the Man
Beat Crazy
Jumpin' Jive
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Track listingEdit

All songs written, arranged and produced by Joe Jackson.

1."Beat Crazy" (lead vocal by Graham Maby)4:15
2."One to One"3:22
3."In Every Dream Home (A Nightmare)"4:31
4."The Evil Eye"3:45
5."Mad at You"6:03
6."Crime Don't Pay"4:24
7."Someone Up There"3:47
10."Pretty Boys"3:41


  • Joe Jackson – vocals, keyboards, melodica
  • Graham Maby – bass, vocals, lead vocal on "Beat Crazy"
  • Gary Sanford – guitars
  • David Houghton – drums, vocals


Year Chart Position
1980 UK Albums Chart #42
1980 US Billboard 200 #41


  1. ^ "Beat Crazy". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  2. ^ "CG: Joe Jackson Band". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 485–486. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  4. ^ a b c "Biography by William Ruhlmann". Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  5. ^ Luerssen, John D. (24 June 2002). "Joe Jackson Reunites "Sharp" Band". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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