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(Rolling Stone)   Billy Joel opens up about life, love, music making. "Elton [John] would say to me: 'Why don't you make another album?' And I used to say to him 'Why don't you make less albums?'"   (rollingstone.com) divider line 108
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2014-04-29 10:28:01 AM
Fewer
 
2014-04-29 10:32:49 AM
Elton needed the money
 
2014-04-29 10:54:41 AM

unlikely: Fewer


Thank you. Billy Joel is setting a bad example.
 
2014-04-29 01:18:43 PM
If they could stop playing either of their easy favorite jingles at the grocery store, that'd be great.
 
2014-04-29 01:51:49 PM

GreenAdder: unlikely: Fewer

Thank you. Billy Joel is setting a bad example.


He didn't start the fire!
 
2014-04-29 01:54:45 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Elton needed the money


Crack is expensive. Of course it has led to quite a few crappy albums over the last decade by Elton John. I think Billy Joel might just be on to something here.
 
2014-04-29 01:56:28 PM
I remember back in the 70's Elton releasing a new album like every 6 months.  Plus one off singles.  His output, and the quality, were incredible.  Definitely as big of a force in popular music back then as Zeppelin and Floyd
 
2014-04-29 01:56:58 PM

thanksagainandagain: GreenAdder: unlikely: Fewer

Thank you. Billy Joel is setting a bad example.

He didn't start the fire!


You mean "he didn't start the feuer"
 
2014-04-29 02:04:02 PM
I tend to listen to what Billy Joel has to say over what Elton John has to say. Mr. Joel farked Christy Brinkley and Elle McPherson in their primes.
 
2014-04-29 02:05:20 PM
At the end of it he pointed at the horizon and said, "Faya!

/You may fie when ready.
 
2014-04-29 02:08:15 PM

zarberg: Mr. Joel farked Christy Brinkley and Elle McPherson in their primes.


I'd have just farked them in their vaginas.

/and maybe buttholes.
 
2014-04-29 02:09:34 PM

thanksagainandagain: GreenAdder: unlikely: Fewer

Thank you. Billy Joel is setting a bad example.

He didn't start the fire!


memeshare.net
 
2014-04-29 02:10:52 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Elton needed the money


They keep selling and every once in a while he does something good, like that album with Leon Russell.
 
2014-04-29 02:11:44 PM

jj325: I remember back in the 70's Elton releasing a new album like every 6 months.  Plus one off singles.  His output, and the quality, were incredible.  Definitely as big of a force in popular music back then as Zeppelin and Floyd


The shark jump happened after Rock of the Westies. Pretty damn hard to sustain that delivery and not crash and burn.
 
2014-04-29 02:12:40 PM

unlikely: Fewer


Or you could run with the joke and say Elton has produced so many albums there are too many to count.  I call it the Pee-Wee defense.
 
2014-04-29 02:12:42 PM

yakmans_dad: At the end of it he pointed at the horizon and said, "Faya!


I quoted that a few weeks ago as I tried to justify liking "The English Patient."  Nice to see someone else using it.
 
2014-04-29 02:15:19 PM
Just saw Elton John at Caesar's Coliseum in Vegas 2 weeks ago.  He was fantastic!

Jealousy will get you nowhere Mr. Joel.
 
2014-04-29 02:18:24 PM
Billy, until they remove your channel from my Sirius/XM and restore the correct balance of nature, nothing you say means anything.

/I wouldn't have minded smelling your fingers at one point though.
 
2014-04-29 02:30:44 PM

suebhoney: Just saw Elton John at Caesar's Coliseum in Vegas 2 weeks ago.  He was fantastic!

Jealousy will get you nowhere Mr. Joel.


Really? When I saw him, he kind of just sat there grumpy, sang several songs and stomped off stage without a word to the audience. That was back in the late 90s though and could have been a one off.
 
2014-04-29 02:32:53 PM

zarberg: I tend to listen to what Billy Joel has to say over what Elton John has to say. Mr. Joel farked Christy Brinkley and Elle McPherson in their primes.


I'm sure if he had been interested, Elton could have slept with equally (if not more - there was a lot of coke going around in Elton's prime) beautiful women
 
2014-04-29 02:35:04 PM

limeyfellow: suebhoney: Just saw Elton John at Caesar's Coliseum in Vegas 2 weeks ago.  He was fantastic!

Jealousy will get you nowhere Mr. Joel.

Really? When I saw him, he kind of just sat there grumpy, sang several songs and stomped off stage without a word to the audience. That was back in the late 90s though and could have been a one off.


He's been in some incredible resurgence in the past 5 years alone, apparently. I've heard other rave reviews of his shows. Personally I can't imagine his voice even holding a candle...in the wind.
 
2014-04-29 02:35:09 PM

jj325: I remember back in the 70's Elton releasing a new album like every 6 months.  Plus one off singles.  His output, and the quality, were incredible.  Definitely as big of a force in popular music back then as Zeppelin and Floyd


It's hard to overstate how he dominated record sales in the mid-70s.

Wikipedia
"7 consecutive No. 1 US albums
58 Billboard Top 40 singles
27 top 10 singles
4 No. 2 singles
9 No. 1 singles "
 
2014-04-29 02:42:38 PM
I've seen Elton go down on Broadway
I've watched his mouth look like a blowup doll
The boats were waiting with their sailors
They all went back to his house
And they came, one and all.
They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
To deliver more men for him to see
They said that Queen could stay
So he blew the Bronx all day
And drank in Manhattan like the sea.
 
2014-04-29 02:43:56 PM

whidbey: limeyfellow: suebhoney: Just saw Elton John at Caesar's Coliseum in Vegas 2 weeks ago.  He was fantastic!

Jealousy will get you nowhere Mr. Joel.

Really? When I saw him, he kind of just sat there grumpy, sang several songs and stomped off stage without a word to the audience. That was back in the late 90s though and could have been a one off.

He's been in some incredible resurgence in the past 5 years alone, apparently. I've heard other rave reviews of his shows. Personally I can't imagine his voice even holding a candle...in the wind.


They have been showing a recent concert of his on Palladia lately.  He's not hitting the high notes but it is a solid performance.
 
2014-04-29 02:45:24 PM
During the mid 70s, Elton John accounted for over 100% of all album sales and had two number one singles each week for a stretch of 4+ years.
 
2014-04-29 02:47:33 PM
Damn kids today, what with their "Hey, we'll be like the band Tool and only put out an album once every decade" nonsense. In my day, rock musicians were prisoners to horrible contracts that required an album every 6 months, a couple stand-alone singles and touring for the rest of the year, like Bill Graham intended.

Yes, Elton John made too many albums during the "cocaine/married a woman" years, but his run of albums

Empty Sky
Elton John
Tumbleweed Connection (my favorite)
Madman Across the Water
Honky Chateau
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Caribou
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

is incredible, even the "b" material is interesting.

Billy Joel? An Elton John clone who wrote one of the most embarrassing songs ever, the one
thanksagainandagain referenced.

/My lawn, why are you on it?
 
2014-04-29 02:48:52 PM

Wasilla Hillbilly: During the mid 70s, Elton John accounted for over 100% of all album sales and had two number one singles each week for a stretch of 4+ years.


No, no, no, that was Bill Brasky.
 
2014-04-29 02:53:43 PM

stupiddream: Wasilla Hillbilly: During the mid 70s, Elton John accounted for over 100% of all album sales and had two number one singles each week for a stretch of 4+ years.

No, no, no, that was Bill Brasky.


I'll allow it.
 
2014-04-29 02:56:52 PM
Brown Dirt Cowboy
*snerk*
 
2014-04-29 03:08:12 PM

Henry Holland: Billy Joel? An Elton John clone who wrote one of the most embarrassing songs ever,


Just curious, what would that be? I can think of a lot I really got sick of, but "embarrassing?"
 
2014-04-29 03:11:10 PM

garandman1a: Billy, until they remove your channel from my Sirius/XM and restore the correct balance of nature, nothing you say means anything.

/I wouldn't have minded smelling your fingers at one point though.


End of June, I think. As much of a Billy fan as I am, I can only hear Piano Man so many times before I scream. Of course, I only listen to ESPN and Radio Margaritaville, so what do I know...BJC is on my presets, though.
 
2014-04-29 03:12:44 PM

baltimoreblonde: garandman1a: Billy, until they remove your channel from my Sirius/XM and restore the correct balance of nature, nothing you say means anything.

/I wouldn't have minded smelling your fingers at one point though.

End of June, I think. As much of a Billy fan as I am, I can only hear Piano Man so many times before I scream. Of course, I only listen to ESPN and Radio Margaritaville, so what do I know...BJC is on my presets, though.


Makes sense. Music for people in bars watching sports.
 
2014-04-29 03:17:13 PM

suebhoney: Just saw Elton John at Caesar's Coliseum in Vegas 2 weeks ago.  He was fantastic!

Jealousy will get you nowhere Mr. Joel.


I've seen both live in the last year. Both were fantastic, but I'd give the edge to Billy Joel, even though he completely farked up We didn't Start the Fire... but his personality somehow turned that into a positive.
 
2014-04-29 03:18:04 PM

limeyfellow: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Elton needed the money

Crack is expensive. Of course it has led to quite a few crappy albums over the last decade by Elton John. I think Billy Joel might just be on to something here.


While not as great as he was in his heyday, Elton John's output over the past few years has been pretty darn good.
 
2014-04-29 03:18:10 PM

zarberg: I tend to listen to what Billy Joel has to say over what Elton John has to say. Mr. Joel farked Christy Brinkley and Elle McPherson in their primes.


If I would have been able to bang those chicks in their prime (or vaginas, or buttholes) I would have had a heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack!!

/you oughtta know by know
 
2014-04-29 03:19:31 PM
whidbey: Just curious, what would that be?

We Didn't Start The Fire
, which had a basic idea blatantly ripped off from REM's great It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), it also had grating baby boomer whining to top it off. "California baseball"? Well fark you, you dreary Lon Guyislander, the Dodgers and Giants are glad they moved.
 
2014-04-29 03:20:16 PM

whidbey: baltimoreblonde: garandman1a: Billy, until they remove your channel from my Sirius/XM and restore the correct balance of nature, nothing you say means anything.

/I wouldn't have minded smelling your fingers at one point though.

End of June, I think. As much of a Billy fan as I am, I can only hear Piano Man so many times before I scream. Of course, I only listen to ESPN and Radio Margaritaville, so what do I know...BJC is on my presets, though.

Makes sense. Music for people in bars watching sports.


Not me. I do a lot of my errands in the AM, and really like Mike and Mike. That's why I listen. I'm not a guy sports nut.
 
2014-04-29 03:21:58 PM

limeyfellow: suebhoney: Just saw Elton John at Caesar's Coliseum in Vegas 2 weeks ago.  He was fantastic!

Jealousy will get you nowhere Mr. Joel.

Really? When I saw him, he kind of just sat there grumpy, sang several songs and stomped off stage without a word to the audience. That was back in the late 90s though and could have been a one off.


Nope, similar when I saw him last year. First time everyone showed up and they announced about 10 minutes after the show was supposed to start that he was "under the weather" and cancelled the show. Rumour was he didn't like his dressing room, but I don't know that. During the rescheduled show, he stormed off halfway through and made someone fix the piano, which sounded fine to me and anyone I talked to. He did come back and finished the show after 20 or so minutes. I enjoyed the music, he is still incredibly talented but that's the attitude he seems to have on stage.
 
2014-04-29 03:34:04 PM
 
2014-04-29 03:59:48 PM
Crap, forgot about the XM interview. Tell me it's going to be replayed.
 
2014-04-29 04:03:15 PM
Little Boy Blue...

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Elton needed the money


Sorry...all I could think of was the Andrew Dice Clay bit when I read that.
 
2014-04-29 04:11:49 PM

jj325: I remember back in the 70's Elton releasing a new album like every 6 months.  Plus one off singles.  His output, and the quality, were incredible.  Definitely as big of a force in popular music back then as Zeppelin and Floyd


Yep, I bought all the sheet music the guy put out, and memorized it until 1980, when in college, I wanted to impress some young thing. I was in her girls dorm lobby and went to the piano and as playing. She listened for a few minutes and said, is that all you know? Can you play an Billy Joel? I laughed (Billy Joel was a punk to me) and said no, I don't play Billy Joel. She pushed me about off the bench and sat there and played Root Beer Rag perfectly.

Had to fark her after that.
 
2014-04-29 04:29:26 PM
I like Billy Joel, his music is part of the sounds of my childhood, but I think pianoman sucks.
 
2014-04-29 04:31:03 PM

foo monkey: unlikely: Fewer

Or you could run with the joke and say Elton has produced so many albums there are too many to count.  I call it the Pee-Wee defense.


No, no no... What Billy Joel® was saying is that he can't hold a candle in the wind to Sir Elton's musical abilities. So what he was saying was "Why don't you make lesser albums." Because a half-assed Elton John album is still better than the best Billy Joel® can produce.
 
2014-04-29 04:31:25 PM

baltimoreblonde: garandman1a: Billy, until they remove your channel from my Sirius/XM and restore the correct balance of nature, nothing you say means anything.

/I wouldn't have minded smelling your fingers at one point though.

End of June, I think. As much of a Billy fan as I am, I can only hear Piano Man so many times before I scream. Of course, I only listen to ESPN and Radio Margaritaville, so what do I know...BJC is on my presets, though.


Dude, Billy's got sooo much more to offer... "Summer, Highland Falls" and "Legend of Billy The Kid" just off the top of my head.
 
2014-04-29 04:39:53 PM

Henry Holland: whidbey: Just curious, what would that be?

We Didn't Start The Fire, which had a basic idea blatantly ripped off from REM's great It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), it also had grating baby boomer whining to top it off. "California baseball"? Well fark you, you dreary Lon Guyislander, the Dodgers and Giants are glad they moved.


To be fair, he hired a bunch of researchers to come up with the material and then tried to include something from every year, so it's all a big forced.

And "look guys, Boomer artists can rap, too" was marketing BS by Columbia.

Billy Joel's biggest problem is that he's never figured out who he wanted to be.  He made some great albums in the 1970s, but they leap from place to place, often on the same album.  Other artist like Neil Young have handled genre hopping better but come home to their style.

The funny thing, in Billy Joel's case is that (like Paul Simon) his best songs are the most person but also most oblique.  He shoulda stuck to that.
 
2014-04-29 04:49:51 PM

Henry Holland: whidbey: Just curious, what would that be?

We Didn't Start The Fire, which had a basic idea blatantly ripped off from REM's great It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), it also had grating baby boomer whining to top it off. "California baseball"? Well fark you, you dreary Lon Guyislander, the Dodgers and Giants are glad they moved.


Oh yes. See, I blotted out most of the 90s, too. But I do remember Wayne and Garth's watching the video and making fun of it. Yeah he was hurting with that one.

images.rapgenius.com
 
2014-04-29 04:51:16 PM
 
2014-04-29 04:57:44 PM

docmattic: Dude, Billy's got sooo much more to offer... "Summer, Highland Falls" and "Legend of Billy The Kid" just off the top of my head.


All the Piano Man album (less the title track) is awesome.  As is Songs from the Attic
 
2014-04-29 05:04:05 PM

InmanRoshi: Chuck Klosterman on Billy Joel and "Cool"


Who the fark is Chuck Klosterman? Wait. don't tell me. Because if you do, then I'll know.
 
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