Saturday, December 06, 2014


Joe Jackson with Happy Ending, a number from the iconic album Body and Soul (1984).

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I remember Body and Soul well - it came out the year I started as a freshman in an engineering college in Ghent, and the world was full of promise and exciting possibilities. I had never been a jazz fan, but B & S's mix of jazz, pop and salsa fitted that brief era of being 'independent' in a large student town (backed up by parental cash of course) with bazillions of hot female students around. Especially this number sustained by Elaine Caswell's magnificent, at times ephemereal vocals struck a chord with Young Outlaw. To this day I consider it better than "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)", even though that one peaked higher on all kinds of charts.

For the cover art Jackson gave a sympathetic nod to jazz legend Theodore Walter Rollins, whose album Sonny Rollins Vol. 2 from 1958 looks almost the same - except that it sports "Sonny" Rollins of course. Other great names on that album are pianists Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver.

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Then it's the turn of Killing Joke with Love like Blood. From the 1985 album Night Time.

A campy video by now, or just plain annoying? Either way, a quintessential eighties number like this just had to be on Saturday Night one day.

Slaap wel.


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