51. Breaking us in two (Joe Jackson)

Joe Jackson (image credit) is undoubtedly one of the most important singer/song writers to come out of the New Wave scene of the late seventies and early eighties. His masterpiece is the 1982 album Night and day, which was his artistic and commercial breakthrough, and includes fantastic songs like Real men and Steppin' out. The absolute highlight of this gorgeous album is the ballad Breaking us in two. What sets this song apart is the lyrics about a couple on the verge of breaking up. "Could we be much closer if we tried - we could stay at home and stare into each other's eyes - maybe we could last an hour, maybe then we'd see right through - always something breaking us in two....". One of the reactions that I had in the past is that this song is a rip-off of the Badfinger song Day after day. Having heard that song since, I admit there are considerable similarities in the melody line. Not sufficient reason to change my mind about it though.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: Steppin' out, Real men, Not here not now.


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