Favorite "Man" Songs #2 - "I'm the Man"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
December 3, 2017 9:57pm CST
Ah yes, man, the skinny tie period, which is key for #2 in my series of my favorite songs with "man" in the title. The second spot in the countdown is "I'm the Man" by Joe Jackson. One of the original new wavers, Joe Jackson was part of that "skinny tie period." The title track from his 1979 album, "I'm the Man" comes from that era, and rocks as hard as any new wave track. The track is an amusing ditty with Jackson singing in first person, humorously taking credit for 70's pop culture trends. Favorite lyric? "Kung Fu, that was one of my good ones, well what's a few broken bones when we all know it's all good clean fun?" The single only charted in Canada, where it reached #23. I've linked to a smoking live version, skinny tie and all! Enjoy! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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• United States
Never heard of him, but I loved skinny ties. I thought those were so cool. Someone wrote in the comments of the video, "He's a classical musician who won a scholarship to the Royal Acadamy of Music." I wonder what happened to him?
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
Surely you've heard his big hit at some point. But yes, he is a classically trained musician. In addition to new wave, he has successfully delved into swing, jazz, pop, and even classical. I love the guy.