Fresh Pressed Presents: American Hi-Fi’s Cover of “Steppin’ Out”

By | May 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Photo credit: Enzo Mazzeo

The allure of steppin’ out means more now than it ever has before. With most of the world cooped up inside, we’re taking any chance we get to take a walk, go for a drive, or just enjoy the little things outdoors. Times were simpler in the 80s, but Joe Jackson’s classic hit “Steppin’ Out” shared those exact sentiments.

While it’s aged beautifully since then, it gets a modern spin from pop-rock heroes American Hi-Fi. Part of a series of cover songs they plan on releasing throughout the year, their take on “Steppin’ Out” is true to the original with an added oomph.

“We chose Steppin’ Out because we are huge Joe Jackson fans. His version is an iconic 80’s piano, synth-pop masterpiece, and we thought it would be interesting to give it a more aggressive tone.”

Notably, the synth-pop elements that made Jackson’s version so irresistible are still prominent, but the difference between the two is the band’s larger-than-life percussion and guitars that make it a Hi-Fi highlight.

“We chose Steppin’ Out because we are huge Joe Jackson fans. His version is an iconic 80’s piano, synth-pop masterpiece, and we thought it would be interesting to give it a more aggressive tone,” frontman Stacy Jones said. “It’s not an obvious choice for a band like us to cover, and that made it even more appealing to do so.”

Jones is right—it’s definitely not an obvious choice for American Hi-Fi to cover. But it is an obvious choice to rock out to it—whether you’re inside or out.

FUN FACT:

“I lived in London in the early 80’s, and this song became a seemingly ubiquitous part of the city. Like that ill-advised, but cherished tattoo from a Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach, Steppin’ Out left a permanent mark, and is still one of my favorites to this day.”

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