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2017-09-30 12:53:18 PM  
12 votes:
I've seen Billy Joel about 10 times in concert, most recently at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
It was a better show at 68 years old than I saw 25 years ago!

Haters gonna hate!
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2017-09-30 10:14:53 AM  
8 votes:
Pop singer slightly more palatable than Michael Bolton.
2017-09-30 01:00:00 PM  
7 votes:

Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?


It's Fark.

Where every single band in the world sucks except for their favorite local indie NIN-Radiohead-Rush cover band that you've never heard of.  The threads are entertaining at least.  Sometimes.
2017-09-30 11:41:10 AM  
7 votes:
Piano man is a god awful song
2017-09-30 11:19:00 AM  
6 votes:
After hearing "She's always a woman to me" the first time I was convinced I really didn't want to meet that particular woman.
2017-09-30 04:41:49 PM  
5 votes:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 1/21/78


Any time someone is blathering about how today's music sucks and how it was all amazing when they were teens, I want to send them that chart.  Eeeeesh.
2017-09-30 12:30:42 PM  
5 votes:
Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?
2017-09-30 04:58:02 PM  
4 votes:

Dragonflew: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 1/21/78

Any time someone is blathering about how today's music sucks and how it was all amazing when they were teens, I want to send them that chart.  Eeeeesh.


*shrug* To each their own. If I was driving across the country and had only two working radio stations, one playing that list and one playing today's Top 40, there is no question which one I'd be listening to.
2017-09-30 02:21:22 PM  
4 votes:
He gets a pass from me because of "Second Wind (Only Human)" (or maybe vice-versa, I've forgotten the formal title of the song.)  Extending a bit of hope and comfort to the distraught and donating the proceeds of the song to suicide prevention programs?  That shows some soul, and he gets a hat tip from me for that.
2017-09-30 01:27:42 PM  
4 votes:

Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?


I don't "hate" hate him.  I just think of him as Elevated Mediocrity.
2017-10-01 08:23:23 AM  
3 votes:
Could be worse.  Could be Phil Collins.
2017-09-30 04:59:52 PM  
3 votes:

Uzzah: Dragonflew: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 1/21/78

Any time someone is blathering about how today's music sucks and how it was all amazing when they were teens, I want to send them that chart.  Eeeeesh.

*shrug* To each their own. If I was driving across the country and had only two working radio stations, one playing that list and one playing today's Top 40, there is no question which one I'd be listening to.


Tough choice. I'd turn off the radio and listen to the wind.
2017-09-30 04:22:23 PM  
3 votes:

Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?


It's Fark, where the cool kids hate celebrities at random while bashing others for hating things they like.
2017-09-30 03:32:32 PM  
3 votes:

ElPrimitivo: "He was terrible, he is terrible, he always will be terrible. Anodyne, sappy, superficial, derivative, fraudulently rebellious. Joel's famous song "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"? Please. It never was rock 'n' roll. Billy Joel's music elevates self-aggrandizing self-pity and contempt for others into its own new and awful genre: "Mock-Rock."

Took me a few minutes to find the quote from Ron Rosenbaum, but always felt that it pretty much summed up the the lack of talent and insight in the crappy songs of Billy Joel pretty nicely.


And just who would be talented and insightful in your world?
2017-09-30 01:29:37 PM  
3 votes:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 1/21/78

#40 "THEME FROM CLOSE ENCOUNTERS" - Meco
#39 "THEME FROM CLOSE ENCOUNTERS" - John Williams
#38 "(YOU'RE MY) SOUL & INSPIRATION" - Donny & Marie Osmond
#37 "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" - The Little River Band
#36 "AS" - Stevie Wonder
#35 "LOVELY DAY" - Bill Withers
#34 "FFUN" - Con Funk Shun
#33 "TOO HOT TA TROT" - The Commodores
#32 "PEG" - Steely Dan
#31 "DON'T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE" - Crystal Gayle
#30 "LONG, LONG WAY FROM HOME" - Foreigner
#29 "NATIVE NEW YORKER" - Odyssey
#28 "POINT OF KNOW RETURN" - Kansas
#27 "WHAT'S YOUR NAME" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
#26 "BLUE BAYOU" - Linda Ronstadt
#25 "YOU CAN'T TURN ME OFF (IN THE MIDDLE OF TURNING ME ON)" - High Inergy
#24 "DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD" - Santa Esmeralda
#23 "EMOTION" - Samantha Sang
#22 "YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE" - Debby Boone
#21 "DESIREE" - Neil Diamond
#20 "SENTIMENTAL LADY" - Bob Welch
#19 "I GO CRAZY" - Paul Davis
#18 "DANCE, DANCE, DANCE (YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH)" - Chic
#17 "SERPENTINE FIRE" - Earth, Wind & Fire
#16 "TURN TO STONE" - Electric Light Orchestra
#15 "SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH" - Dan Hill
#14 "(LOVE IS) THICKER THAN WATER" - Andy Gibb
#13 "RUNAROUND SUE" - Leif Garrett
#12 "BACK IN LOVE AGAIN" - LTD
#11 "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE" - Billy Joel
#10 "STAYIN' ALIVE" - The Bee Gees
#9 "COME SAIL AWAY" - Styx
#8 "WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" - Queen
#7 "HEY DEANIE" - Shaun Cassidy
#6 "SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY" - Paul Simon
#5 "SHORT PEOPLE" - Randy Newman
#4 "YOU'RE IN MY HEART (THE FINAL ACCLAIM)" - Rod Stewart
#3 "HERE YOU COME AGAIN" - Dolly Parton
#2 "HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE" - The Bee Gees
#1 "BABY COME BACK" - Player

Ridiculously popular with my high school friends, I think it made us feel like adults or something. Took four more albums for me to figure out I was buying out of habit and not all that engaged.

/he's not awful
//except for piano man
///that's a station changer


When you look at this album in the context of what else was playing on Top 40 AM radio at the time, it doesn't seem too bad, does it?
2017-09-30 12:03:18 PM  
3 votes:

ZAZ: 40 years later I learn "Vienna" has a meaning after all.


it means nothing to me
2017-09-30 03:52:48 PM  
2 votes:

Billy Liar: Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?

I don't "hate" hate him.  I just think of him as Elevated Mediocrity.


Perfect.

I've listened to and enjoyed a lot of his work, but had he never existed, my life would be no less artistically enriched.
2017-09-30 03:25:35 PM  
2 votes:
"He was terrible, he is terrible, he always will be terrible. Anodyne, sappy, superficial, derivative, fraudulently rebellious. Joel's famous song "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"? Please. It never was rock 'n' roll. Billy Joel's music elevates self-aggrandizing self-pity and contempt for others into its own new and awful genre: "Mock-Rock."

Took me a few minutes to find the quote from Ron Rosenbaum, but always felt that it pretty much summed up the the lack of talent and insight in the crappy songs of Billy Joel pretty nicely.
amb
2017-09-30 03:21:11 PM  
2 votes:

amb: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 1/21/78

#40 "THEME FROM CLOSE ENCOUNTERS" - Meco
#39 "THEME FROM CLOSE ENCOUNTERS" - John Williams
#38 "(YOU'RE MY) SOUL & INSPIRATION" - Donny & Marie Osmond
#37 "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" - The Little River Band
#36 "AS" - Stevie Wonder
#35 "LOVELY DAY" - Bill Withers
#34 "FFUN" - Con Funk Shun
#33 "TOO HOT TA TROT" - The Commodores
#32 "PEG" - Steely Dan
#31 "DON'T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE" - Crystal Gayle
#30 "LONG, LONG WAY FROM HOME" - Foreigner
#29 "NATIVE NEW YORKER" - Odyssey
#28 "POINT OF KNOW RETURN" - Kansas
#27 "WHAT'S YOUR NAME" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
#26 "BLUE BAYOU" - Linda Ronstadt
#25 "YOU CAN'T TURN ME OFF (IN THE MIDDLE OF TURNING ME ON)" - High Inergy
#24 "DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD" - Santa Esmeralda
#23 "EMOTION" - Samantha Sang
#22 "YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE" - Debby Boone
#21 "DESIREE" - Neil Diamond
#20 "SENTIMENTAL LADY" - Bob Welch
#19 "I GO CRAZY" - Paul Davis
#18 "DANCE, DANCE, DANCE (YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH)" - Chic
#17 "SERPENTINE FIRE" - Earth, Wind & Fire
#16 "TURN TO STONE" - Electric Light Orchestra
#15 "SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH" - Dan Hill
#14 "(LOVE IS) THICKER THAN WATER" - Andy Gibb
#13 "RUNAROUND SUE" - Leif Garrett
#12 "BACK IN LOVE AGAIN" - LTD
#11 "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE" - Billy Joel
#10 "STAYIN' ALIVE" - The Bee Gees
#9 "COME SAIL AWAY" - Styx
#8 "WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" - Queen
#7 "HEY DEANIE" - Shaun Cassidy
#6 "SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY" - Paul Simon
#5 "SHORT PEOPLE" - Randy Newman
#4 "YOU'RE IN MY HEART (THE FINAL ACCLAIM)" - Rod Stewart
#3 "HERE YOU COME AGAIN" - Dolly Parton
#2 "HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE" - The Bee Gees
#1 "BABY COME BACK" - Player

Ridiculously popular with my high school friends, I think it made us feel like adults or something. Took four more albums for me to figure out I was buying out of habit and not all that engaged.

/he's not awful
//except for piano man
///that's a station changer

Isn't #24 the song in the fight in the garden scene of Kill Bill?


Answering my own question.
DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD/SANTA ESMERALDA
Youtube 8FMdaDEmcDg
2017-09-30 02:14:27 PM  
2 votes:

TheFoz: Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?

It's Fark.

Where every single band in the world sucks except for their favorite local indie NIN-Radiohead-Rush cover band that you've never heard of.  The threads are entertaining at least.  Sometimes.


Nah, I farkin' hate those guys too.
2017-09-30 12:20:47 PM  
2 votes:
I like Billy Joel a lot when I was a teenager. Now, it's either "Summer, Highland Falls" or GTFO.

/Or "Miami 2017" off "Attic," just because the whole band is putting in effort.
//Broadway only has 3 months left...
2017-09-30 12:10:48 PM  
2 votes:
And Uptown Girl will not perform any of those songs :(
80's Billy Joel Doo Wop Sucks
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2017-09-30 11:55:20 AM  
2 votes:

DubyaHater: Fapping with a numb hand catapulted him to a net worth of $180 million? Ok, I'll give it a shot.


Captain Jack will get you by tonight
2017-10-01 12:16:59 PM  
1 vote:
Well if a performer has to define my teens and early adult years, better Billy Joel than fu*king disco.
2017-09-30 10:32:19 PM  
1 vote:

offacue: Skarekrough: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Billy Liar: Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?

I don't "hate" hate him.  I just think of him as Elevated Mediocrity.

Perfect.

I've listened to and enjoyed a lot of his work, but had he never existed, my life would be no less artistically enriched.

The phrase I always clung to was drew no water nor made no wake.

FTA: "Billy Joel originally didn't want "Just the Way You Are" on The Stranger. He felt it was a "gloppy ballad" destined to be played at weddings."

I don't know how to tell him this...as a gigging musician for 20 years the only time this ever gets requested is at weddings.  And the only reason we ever play it is because we have a piano player who knows it.  And the only reason he knows it is because it's a gloppy ballad that gets requested at weddings and playing it generally translates into better tips.

Wait a sec.  If I go to a wedding I'm supposed to tip the band too, not just the bartender I select as mine for the night?  Does a tip work for you to not play Hot Hot Hot or Chicken Dance or Celebration or YMCA or Electric slide or...........


Alright...so here's the breakdown.

Going into the gig the Set Lists are approved by the bride.  If she specifically requests a song no chance in Hell were NOT playing it.  At the end of the night we judge our performance by how much the bride liked us and then if we got the crowd up dancing.

If you're a guest and tip the band they may try and slide something in for you.  Its gotta be something they already know.  If you don't tip the band and it gets played then odds are it was on the set list to begin with.

Same deal with the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen too, except we pretend a little harder to look like were listening.

If you're the Groom or member of the direct family we'll do what we can to put something together on the fly.  If you're the Bride or Father of the Bride we'll come just short of learning it between sets.  Mother of the Bride or Groom, we'll likely adjourn to our vehicles between sets to learn it.

Happy Moms and Happy Brides mean big tips.

At a recent gig I was handed $200 to play Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love" and pulled it off.  It was a song I did as a solo acoustic act (I play bass) and we made the decision to go for it.  It wasn't perfect and I played guitar on it while the guitar player held my bass, but it got done and the requester was grateful.  At the end of the night the bandleader handed it all to me and told me that no one should take a cut for just carrying water while someone does the heavy lifting.
2017-09-30 06:38:52 PM  
1 vote:
Everyone knows him, but he had the oddest types of songs become hits.  No one wrote popular music quite like him.  Still puts on a hell of a show.
As for the Elton John comparisons, I would agree that Elton has the better songs but its not like Elton was writing the lyrics.
2017-09-30 05:56:06 PM  
1 vote:

Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?


They jelly
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2017-09-30 04:24:37 PM  
1 vote:

Dead for Tax Reasons: ZAZ: 40 years later I learn "Vienna" has a meaning after all.

it means nothing to me


I knew I should have read the whole thread.
2017-09-30 04:20:30 PM  
1 vote:

Joe Satin: Ack ack ack ack ack


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2017-09-30 03:22:47 PM  
1 vote:
Ah memories of the music tab. It's like outwardly projected self-loathing given sentience and voice.
2017-09-30 02:30:55 PM  
1 vote:
PIANO FIGHTER IS LEAGUES SUPERIOR TO PIANO MAN
Warren Zevon - Piano Fighter
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2017-09-30 01:58:26 PM  
1 vote:

Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?


it's more like for every good song he done, he writes two bad ones.  When he's  good he's awesome; when it's bad, it's awful.
2017-09-30 01:35:42 PM  
1 vote:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 1/21/78

#9 "COME SAIL AWAY" - Styx
#8 "WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" - Queen


Whoa... First, I forgot that Grand Illusion was that old and second #9? It was in the top 10? That's amazing.
2017-09-30 01:19:47 PM  
1 vote:
The Stranger is one of the few albums (well, cassettes and later CDs) that I don't own simply because nearly every song off it ended up on the greatest hits tape I had anyway.
2017-09-30 01:09:13 PM  
1 vote:

TheFoz: Slow To Return: Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?

It's Fark.

Where every single band in the world sucks except for their favorite local indie NIN-Radiohead-Rush cover band that you've never heard of.  The threads are entertaining at least.  Sometimes.


If there actually is one of those that also did Billy Joel songs, I'd shut up and give them my money.
2017-09-30 12:47:48 PM  
1 vote:
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2017-09-30 11:58:11 AM  
1 vote:

RomeoEightJuliet: Tom_Slick: After hearing "She's always a woman to me" the first time I was convinced I really didn't want to meet that particular woman.

Or whomever he was referencing in Stiletto.  Someone obviously had a very dark and profound affect on him back in the day.


Probably the same person in "Big Shot"
2017-09-30 11:48:54 AM  
1 vote:
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2017-09-30 11:38:32 AM  
1 vote:
Fapping with a numb hand catapulted him to a net worth of $180 million? Ok, I'll give it a shot.
2017-09-30 10:36:47 AM  
1 vote:
From the town known as Wheeling, West Virginia... came a man with a piano in his hand...
 
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