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This song is about the anticipation and excitement of a night out on the town. Joe Jackson
wrote and recorded the Night And Day
album in New York City, and the first side of the album describes various encounters with the city. "Steppin' Out" is the last song on side one, and takes us on a journey through Manhattan in a taxi. All the tracks on the album segue together, which is a casualty of digital, song by song downloads.
The video featured a housekeeper pretending she was a Cinderella figure, and was filmed over one night in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. This being 1982 and with MTV increasing in influence, Jackson made the video, but he wasn't happy about it. He told Time Out in 1984: "Rock'n'roll is degenerating into a big circus, and videos and MTV are very much part of that. People who are seriously interested in making music as an end in itself are going to have to split away and forge a different path."
According to the VH1 show Pop Up Video, the phrase "steppin' out" was coined in New York City in the 1930s.
When Joe Jackson's marriage broke he moved to New York to record Night And Day. The title is from the Cole Porter song, and the album was designed to have the feel of 24 hours in New York City, with the first side representing "Day" and the second "Night."
This was Joe Jackson's biggest hit in the US, but in the UK 1980's "It's Different For Girls" went one better peaking at #5.
"Steppin' Out" received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1983 but lost to "Rosanna
" by Toto.
Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose
. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."
Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.
Kerry Livgren of Kansas
In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."