said it would never happen - in fact, Joe said it would never happen! But:
the original Joe Jackson Band - JJ + Graham Maby (bass), Gary Sanford
(guitar) and Dave Houghton (drums) has re-united for a new album
and tour. In part, this is to celebrate the 25th anniversary, in
2003, of the band's formation and the recording of Look Sharp. However,
this is not just an exercise in nostalgia, since the band has recorded
a whole album of new songs.
Joe Jackson Band got together in 1978 and played non-stop until their
last gig on December 15th 1980 (in Utrecht, Netherlands). Since then,
Graham has worked on and off with Joe but also with Natalie Merchant,
They Might be Giants, and many others. Gary has toured and recorded
with Joan Armatrading, Aztec Camera and Kirsty McColl, among others,
while Dave has been staying out of the spotlight, doing mostly local
gigs in the south of England, teaching drums, etc.
reformed band played seven exclusive warm-up gigs in the UK in September
2002, then recorded eleven new tracks at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey,
England, with Joe producing. (There was also a 12th track, a cover
of Todd Rundgren's "Couldn't I Just Tell You", for a Todd
tribute record to be released some time next year). The album was
mixed at The Magic Shop, New York City. According
to Joe, this is the best thing the band has done: "I knew these
guys were good, but they've surpassed all my expectations!" He
describes the album as "High-energy, fun, and in the spirit
of the first couple of albums, but more mature. I'm a better writer
now, and a better singer. But I've still got a 32-inch waist".
new album was released on March 11th 2003 by Restless/Ryko.