Steppin' Out (Joe Jackson song)
"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, where it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
|Single by Joe Jackson|
|from the album Night and Day|
|Released||August 1982 (US)|
October 1982 (UK)
|Length||4:23 (album version)|
3:43 (single version)
|Producer(s)||David Kershenbaum, Joe Jackson|
|Joe Jackson singles chronology|
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 Cashbox 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 KR 55 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.
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."
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