Joe Jackson / Joe Jackson Band - 1978-09-22 - Gosport, The John Peel

Here’s another very early and unique live document from September 1978 by Joe Jackson with the original Joe Jackson Band. The "Look Sharp!" album was recorded the previous month and still in the mix and even the debut single "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" was yet to be released.

For more information about Joe Jackson's early years, recordings and concerts, plesae visit the Joe Jackson Archive (

Please treat this recording with huge respect. A big thank you goes again out to Martin A. for sharing this gem with us, to the original taper Tony Fitzpatrick, and to Andreas for sound improvements.

Joe Jackson Band:

Joe Jackson - vocals, piano, harmonica
Graham Maby - bass
Dave Houghton - drums
Gary Sanford - guitar


Basic Mono Cassette Recorder (ITT?) > digital transfer / CD-R (unknown) > Audacity 2.3.1 (some volume levelling, track cut, export as .wav 16bit/44.1kHz) > Trader's Little Helper 2.7.0


01. One More Time
02. Pretty Girls
03. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
04. (Do The) Instant Mash
05. Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries (cover version)
06. Look Sharp!
07. Sunday Papers
08. Don't Ask Me
09. Fools In Love
10. Happy Loving Couples
11. Throw It Away
12. Baby Stick Around
13. Got The Time
14. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Fats Waller cover)
15. Ain't That A Shame (Fats Domino cover)