In 1978 Joe Jackson was living in London and hawking an album-length demo, with his own band standing by. That demo - already called Look Sharp - eventually found its way to American producer David Kershenbaum, who was in London in the capacity of talent scout for A&M Records. Joe was immediately signed and Look Sharp more professionally re-recorded in August '78. The Joe Jackson Band finally started to play regular gigs and the album was released in January 1979.
Since then, Joe has released hit album after hit album, including I'm The Man, Beat Crazy, Night and Day, Night and Day II and more. Nov 24, 2023 saw the release of Mr Joe Jackson Presents “What A Racket”: The Music Of Max Champion, a collection of songs written by the long forgotten Music Hall performer Max Champion.
The "Two Rounds Of Racket Tour” promises to be festive, fun, and unlike anything else music fans will see next (or any other) year. The show will be in two parts with no intermission: a solo set by Joe Jackson of his original songs, and a set based on the album What A Racket! – the first performance in more than 100 years of the songs of forgotten Music Hall genius Max Champion, with Joe and a nine-piece band.