Jason Isbell Hilariously Talks About Fast-Beating Heart After Hearing Two ’80s Classics Back to Back on Radio

by Emily Morgan
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Yet again, Jason Isbell is making us think he’s a comedian first and a musician second. This time, the country-folk singer took to Twitter when he hilariously posted about hearing three classic rock songs in a row while driving. 

“Radio just played ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ followed by ‘Jump’ and I think this is officially as fast as my heart can beat.” 

In the first song, Isbell is referring to Howard Jones’ “Things Can Only Get Better. Jones released the funky toe-tapping tune in 1985 on the album, Dream Into Action. 

The latter of two songs Isbell mentions is the 80s favorite, “Jump” by the rock band Van Halen. Driven by the iconic keyboard line, the song was the band’s most successful single, reaching No. 1 on the “US Billboard Hot 100” chart in 1986. 

Isbell’s lucky radio streak didn’t stop there. Immediately following the two songs, Isbell was astonished when another one of his favorites came on.

“Oh my god now it’s More Than A Woman. I’m gonna be late for therapy.”

“More Than a Woman” is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The film, Saturday Night Fever, featured the track on its soundtrack. 

Jason Isbell was Scheduled to Tour with Van Halen

Since the untimely passing of Eddie Van Halen, Isbell has said that he regrets that the Van Halen “Kitchen Sink” Reunion Tour didn’t happen. 

On Twitter, Isbell says he and his band, The 400 Unit, were supposed to open a show on the tour. 

Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, says that it was a “bummer” that the tour never became a reality. Isbell replied to Van Halen’s tweet, writing, “Man, such a bummer. It looked like we were gonna open one of those shows.”

“We’d already semi-confirmed Mike [Anthony] coming back and me opening,” Van Halen said in a recent interview, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. “Once that was kinda set in stone we had to put it on the back burner because Dad’s health wasn’t doing so well. Throughout that time we were like, ‘What if we took it a step further?’ And the more we talked about it the more excited we became. It was like, it could just be this grand finale of some sort.”