Joe JACKSON: Stranger Than Fiction CD UK. + new recording of “It’s Different For Girls”. Check videos.


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Joe Jackson   Stranger Than Fiction
Label: Virgin America   VUSCD 40,
Format: CD, Maxi-Single
Country: UK
Released: 1991
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
1 Stranger Than Fiction 3:40
2 Different For Girls (New Recording) 3:37
3 Drowning 5:09

Producer Ed Roynesdal, Joe Jackson
Written-By Joe Jackson

Three-track Maxi-CD featuring two tracks from “Laughter And Lust” plus a new recording of “Its Different For Girls”.
Barcode: 5 012980 994021
Other: PM 515

Joe in a video clip you’ll never see again. Old VHS record from Countdown, Veronica Television. Clip has some disturbance:

“Its Different for Girls” is a song by Joe Jackson. Versions have been recorded and released by several different artists.
Typically for Joe Jackson, the lyrics contain a twist in that, while originally sounding as if the song would suggest that the male protagonist was looking for sex and his female partner was looking for love, the opposite is eventually revealed to be the case.

“Its Different for Girls”
Taken from the 1979 album I’m the Man, “Its Different for Girls” was Joe Jacksons biggest UK chart single, peaking at number five in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song was backed with a live cover of the Chuck Berry song “Come On”.
The song opens with a simple repeated two-note pattern on guitar which is quickly joined by a pulse on bass and drums. The verses remain quiet, with these instruments and the singers voice being the main components. A bridge leading from the verse to the chorus changes the dynamic with its strident two beats on the lyrics “she said”, before returning to a quieter (though not as quiet as the verse) chorus, which is driven by a guitar motif and slow arpeggiated guitar pattern, over which the voice floats in a more complex melody before returning to the ortiginal two-note guitar and bass pulse of the introduction. Unlike many of Jacksons later songs, he plays no instruments, keyboards being absent from the track.
Apart from appearing as a single and on the album I’m the Man, “Its Different for Girls” has also appeared on other Joe Jackson albums. A live version appeared on Live 1980/86 in 1987, having been recorded on Jacksons Big World tour in 1986. A different live version appeared on the 2000 album Summer in the City: Live in New York. During the Laughter and Lust tour, it was performed as a duet with Joy Askew. The original version of the song was also included on Jacksons 1990 compilation Stepping Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson and again on the 1997 compilation This Is It! (The A&M Years 19791989). “Come On” was released as a bonus track on the 2001 reissue of I’m the Man – prior to this it had only been available on Propaganda, a 1979 A&M records sampler notable for live tracks from Joe Jackson and The Police.

Joe Jackson vocals
Gary Sanford guitar
Graham Maby bass, vocals
David Houghton drums, vocals

Cover Versions:
The song was recorded by Farrah, and released as a track on their 2004 album Me Too.

“Its Different for Girls” was the first Siskin single, and was released in 2008. It is the groups only cover version to date.

Galen Ayers / Guitars and Vocals
Kirsty Newton / Keyboards, Bass and Vocals

In 2012 Joe Pernice recorded a version of the song for a fund raising cd titled “Super Hits Of The Seventies” for radio station WFMU.

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Weight 0.1 kg


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