Like most people, I first heard Joe Jackson via the single "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" It's a deceptively simple, perfect little new wave pop nugget that belied Jackson's sophisticated harmonic sensibility. Like Elvis Costello, the first impression Joe Jackson made barely hinted at the depth and complexity he had hiding behind his angry young man stance.
The best work any artist can muster is the kind that comes from a place where career is never the driving force, age is just a number and one's relevance means little, except to himself. And though Crenshaw is apt to file away the chapter of his earlier life of a rock and roller, it's possible that many exciting chapters lay ahead.