|"One More Time"|
|Single by Joe Jackson|
|from the album Look Sharp!|
|B-side||"Don't Ask Me"|
|Released||18 May 1979|
|Genre||Rock, new wave|
|Label||A&M - AMS 7433|
|Joe Jackson singles chronology|
"One More Time" is a song by the British new wave musician Joe Jackson. It was released as the third single from his debut album, Look Sharp!, in 1979. Inspired by a breakup Jackson had, the song features a guitar riff and lyrics detailing a collapsing relationship.
"One More Time" was released as a single, but did not see any chart success. The song has since been highlighted as one of the best off Look Sharp! and Graham Maby's bassline has been singled out as praiseworthy.
"One More Time" was written by Jackson after a breakup with his girlfriend Jill. Jackson recalled that he embellished on the end of that relationship as the song developed. He explained in his autobiography, A Cure for Gravity:
I bought a cheap secondhand upright piano and worked on a song called 'One More Time', with a driving guitar riff and anguished lyrics about the end of a relationship. The guy can't believe the girl wants to leave: Tell me one more time, he says, one more time, one more time. I'd taken a little piece of my breakup with Jill, one moment, one feeling, and embellished it into something else. I guess that's how fiction works: not creating something false, but creating new truths out of bits of old ones. Just as we create new music by endlessly reshuffling the same old chords and scales.— Joe Jackson
The lyrics of "One More Time" feature the singer asking his ex-lover to truthfully tell him that she never loved him. Musically, the song is one of Jackson's more aggressive rock songs, featuring Joe Jackson on lead vocals and a prominent guitar riff to open the song.
"One More Time" was released as the follow-up single to "Sunday Papers," also from Look Sharp!, in May 1979. Backed with the non-album track "Don't Ask Me" (which later appeared as a bonus track on some releases of Look Sharp!), the single, like "Sunday Papers," was unable to chart in Britain. The single was not released in America or any countries in continental Europe, although an alternate single, "Fools in Love," was released in the Netherlands in June 1979.
Rolling Stone critic Bud Scoppa described "One More Time" as a "welcome merger of edginess and ear candy, which connected immediately with fans who couldn't abide the brutal fun of 'God Save the Queen.'" Ultimate Classic Rock's Dave Lifton ranked the song number five on his list of the "Top 10 Joe Jackson Songs", noting that the placement was "a tribute to [bassist Graham] Maby, because no matter how many times we’ve listened to it, we can never predict where he's going".
- Jackson 2000, p. 255.
- Jackson 2000, p. 255-256.
- "Joe Jackson Turns Up 'Volume' With Original Band". Billboard. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- Scoppa, Bud (7 January 2004). "Joe Jackson Look Sharp! > Music Review". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2006. Published in a revised form as Scoppa, Bud (5 February 2004). "The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: The Greatest Albums Ever Made: Joe Jackson Look Sharp! > Review". Rolling Stone (941). p. 62.
- Lifton, Dave. "Top 10 Joe Jackson Songs". ultimateclassicrock.com.