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(Rolling Stone)   40 years ago, The Stranger saved Billy Joel's career and boosted him to superstar status   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2017-09-30 11:38:32 AM  
17 votes:
Fapping with a numb hand catapulted him to a net worth of $180 million? Ok, I'll give it a shot.
2017-09-30 04:20:30 PM  
12 votes:

Joe Satin: Ack ack ack ack ack


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2017-09-30 11:04:12 AM  
12 votes:
I still maintain that Scenes From An Italian Restaurant started as a radio jingle for some mom and pop Italian cafe in Long Island that just sort of got away from him.
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 12:30:42 PM  
5 votes:
Damn, lotta Billy Joel hate on Fark.  Did he vote Trump or something?
2017-09-30 04:41:10 PM  
4 votes:

natural316: Piano man is a god awful song


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2017-09-30 12:10:48 PM  
4 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 12:03:18 PM  
4 votes:

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


it means nothing to me
2017-09-30 11:55:05 AM  
4 votes:

Shostie: I still maintain that Scenes From An Italian Restaurant started as a radio jingle for some mom and pop Italian cafe in Long Island that just sort of got away from him.


He got plastered one day and drove his car right through the front of the house and into the kitchen.  Put the place out of business.  Barely made enough from the song to pay the hospital bills of the dishwashers he pinned against the walk-in.
2017-09-30 11:48:54 AM  
4 votes:
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2017-09-30 04:41:24 PM  
3 votes:

TheFoz: Mole Man: 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.

I don't recall any bad things said about Dolly Parton.

Pffft.  Dolly can't hold a candle to Taylor Swift.

/scurries away


Dolly knows it would cause too much confusion, which one is Taylor and which one is the candle
2017-09-30 03:17:03 PM  
3 votes:

Mole Man: 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.

I don't recall any bad things said about Dolly Parton.


She beefs in the shower and heels it down the drain
2017-09-30 01:00:00 PM  
3 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 04:59:52 PM  
2 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 04:15:50 PM  
2 votes:
Ack ack ack ack ack
2017-09-30 03:22:47 PM  
2 votes:
Ah memories of the music tab. It's like outwardly projected self-loathing given sentience and voice.
2017-09-30 02:33:16 PM  
2 votes:
When I was a kid, there was a radio station in my town that my mom listened to, and at the end of the afternoon program before the news, the jock on duty would talk for a few minutes over a loop of the piano-and-whistling intro of "The Stranger".  Then it would play a little bit longer and they'd play a bird call over it, usually a loon.

Not sure where I was going with this.
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 01:09:13 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.


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 12:53:18 PM  
2 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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2017-10-01 08:23:23 AM  
1 vote:
Could be worse.  Could be Phil Collins.
2017-09-30 06:12:01 PM  
1 vote:

natural316: Piano man is a god awful song


Because it is a waltz, it uses jazz chords, or because it is autobiographical?
2017-09-30 05:00:09 PM  
1 vote:

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...........
2017-09-30 04:45:48 PM  
1 vote:

natural316: Piano man is a god awful song


I wonder if Davy is still in the Navy?
2017-09-30 02:35:43 PM  
1 vote:

phaseolus: Just looked at tfa briefly. Those songs, the ones I'm familiar with at least, are really good songs.

And I'm sick to death of them. Have been for decades.

natural316: Piano man is a god awful song

That's the truth. Whatta godawful self-indulgent piece of claptrap with really stupid rhymes.


So... Joel was trying to write a prog rock song?
2017-09-30 11:55:20 AM  
1 vote:

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
2017-09-30 10:36:47 AM  
1 vote:
From the town known as Wheeling, West Virginia... came a man with a piano in his hand...
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-09-30 09:45:08 AM  
1 vote:
40 years later I learn "Vienna" has a meaning after all.
 
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