Night and Day (Joe Jackson album)

Night and Day is the fifth studio album by Joe Jackson, released in June 1982.[1] It reached the Top 5 in both the UK and US, Jackson's only studio album to do so in either country.[1] It sold over one million copies, earning platinum disc status.[1] It also quickly achieved platinum status in Canada.

Night and Day
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1982[1]
RecordedJanuary–February 1982
StudioBlue Rock Studio, Soho, New York City
GenreNew wave, sophisti-pop[2]
ProducerJoe Jackson, David Kershenbaum
Joe Jackson chronology
Jumpin' Jive
Night and Day
Mike's Murder
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideB−[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]

The album pays tribute to the wit and style of Cole Porter (and indirectly to New York).[1] The track "Real Men" pointed obliquely to the city's early 1980s gay culture.[9]

"Steppin' Out" earned Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.[10] It reached #6 on both the UK and the US charts. "Breaking Us in Two" reached #18 in the US and #59 in the UK.[1][11]

In 2016 independent record label Intervention Records reissued Night and Day on 180-gram vinyl[12].


In 1997, A&M released a digitally remastered CD manufactured in Europe. Not only were the tracks remastered, but "Another World" has an extra 2 bars in the intro. The crossfades for the songs were also re-created.

In 2003, A&M released a deluxe version of the album with a bonus disc consisting of live tracks and demos.

Track listingEdit

Original LP (A&M, SP 4906)Edit

All songs are written and arranged by Joe Jackson, except where noted.

Night Side
1."Another World"4:00
3."T.V. Age" (music by Jackson and Steve Tatler)3:45
5."Steppin' Out"4:34
Day Side
6."Breaking Us in Two"4:57
8."Real Men"4:05
9."A Slow Song"7:13

2003 Deluxe Edition CD (A&M/Universal)Edit

In 2003, A&M/Universal released a remastered deluxe edition of Night and Day. All tracks were 96K/24-bit remastered from the original analog master tapes. This edition included six demos, five tracks from Jackson's soundtrack to the film Mike's Murder and five tracks from the 1988 double live album Live 1980/86.

Disc OneEdit

1."Another World"4:00
3."T.V. Age" (music by Jackson and Steve Tatler)3:45
5."Steppin' Out"4:34
6."Breaking Us in Two"4:57
8."Real Men"4:05
9."A Slow Song"7:13

Disc TwoEdit

Night and Day - Joe Jackson's Original Demos
1."Steppin' Out"4:14
4."Real Men"4:20
5."Breaking Us in Two"3:56
Tracks From Mike's Murder Soundtrack
8."1-2-3 Go (This Town's a Fairground)"3:02
9."Laundromat Monday"3:33
Live Tracks From Joe Jackson Live 1980-86
12."On Your Radio"5:07
13."Fools in Love"7:44
15."Is She Really Going Out With Him (A Cappella Version)"4:43
16."Look Sharp!"4:29






Year Chart Chart position
1982 UK Albums Chart[1] 3
1982 U.S. Billboard 200[1] 4
1982 Dutch Album Charts[1] 2


Year Title Chart position
UK Singles Chart[11] Australia Canada Germany Netherlands
Single Top 100[13]
Billboard Hot 100[14]
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[14]
1982 "Steppin' Out" 6 30 5 28 - 6 7
1982 "Real Men" - 6 - - 17 - -
1983 "Breaking Us in Two" 59 90 40 - - 18 -


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  2. ^ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine "Joe Jackson Band. Volume 4
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Night and Day – Joe Jackson". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "Joe Jackson: Night and Day". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ "Joe Jackson: Night and Day". Q (207): 127. October 2003.
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (16 August 1982). "Joe Jackson: Night And Day". Rolling Stone (376). Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  8. ^ Coleman, Mark; Randall, Mac (2004). "Joe Jackson". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 412–13. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. ^ "NPR Weekend Edition Sunday: Gay Pop Music", 22 June 2003
  10. ^ "Biography by William Ruhlmann". Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  11. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ Records, Intervention. "Intervention Records | Albums". Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  13. ^ Joe Jackson singles at
  14. ^ a b "Allmusic ((( Joe Jackson > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))".

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