History Trivia / BillyJoel

8th Nov '16 1:44:08 PM bt8257
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** He doesn't necessarily ''hate'' "We Didn't Start The Fire", but he does consider it a "novelty song" and technically not one of his best melodies. [[WordOfGod He's also claimed]] it's one of the more difficult songs for him to perform, as he feels if he makes one mistake singing the lyrics, "the whole thing falls apart". His hesistance to perform "Uptown Girl" has had, by WordOfGod, more to do with the fact that he considers the Frankie Valli-like vocal style and the key it's written in to be hard on his voice (he usually places the song near the end of his setlists when he ''does'' perform it, for similar reasons), and nothing to do with him "being mad at Christie"; they are great friends.

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** He doesn't necessarily ''hate'' "We Didn't Start The Fire", but he does consider it a "novelty song" and technically not one of his best melodies. [[WordOfGod He's also claimed]] it's one of the more difficult songs for him to perform, as he feels if he makes one mistake singing the lyrics, "the whole thing falls apart". His hesistance hesitance to perform "Uptown Girl" has had, by WordOfGod, more to do with the fact that he considers the Frankie Valli-like vocal style and the key it's written in to be hard on his voice (he usually places the song near the end of his setlists when he ''does'' perform it, for similar reasons), and nothing to do with him "being mad at Christie"; they are great friends.
8th Apr '16 11:36:27 AM hamza678
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* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Music/Chicago}}'s Peter Cetera and (then-)guitarist Donnie Dacus sing backup on "My Life."
6th Nov '15 11:32:56 AM smittykins
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* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Music/Chicago}}'s Peter Cetera and (then-)guitarist Donnie Dacus sing backup on "My Life."
22nd Aug '15 9:22:25 PM palmer7
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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.

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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''. Bonus points because he didn't write it.
29th Jul '15 12:47:35 AM mlsmithca
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** A much more notable example through some weird mastering error, his debut, ''Cold Spring Harbor'', was accidentally sped up, and backing vocals and instruments were removed. An urban legend has it that upon hearing it, Joel ripped it off the turn table, ran out of the house and threw it into the street.
28th Jul '15 4:25:35 PM TheBigBopper
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* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: The ''Rolling Stone Album Guide'' write-up on ''Streetlife Serenade'' makes you wonder just how closely the author was listening to the album in question. "The Mexican Connection" is cited as an example of a "narrative vignette that strains too hard to be clever" the song in question is an instrumental which can in no way be considered a narrative vignette. It also cites the "rollicking, jazzy piano" on "Last of the Big Time Spenders"; there ''is'' a piano on that song, but the song is a slow ballad with nothing rollicking or jazzy about it. Perhaps the author was thinking of "Root Beer Rag"?
** A much more notable example through some weird mastering error, his debut, ''Cold Spring Harbor'', was accidentally sped up, and backing vocals and instruments were removed. An urban legend has it that upon hearing it, Joel ripped it off the turn table, ran out of the house and threw it into the street.
2nd Jul '15 8:06:08 PM Schroeder1174
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** Joel's "Getting Closer" is not a cover of the 1979 Music/{{Wings}} hit.
** A metalcore band from Atlanta named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attila_(metalcore_band) Attila]] bears no relation to Joel's duo.
8th May '15 8:18:25 AM AnotherGuy
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* NamesTheSame: "Code of Silence" came out the same year as the Creator/ChuckNorris film. No relation.
16th Mar '15 7:25:28 AM Patachou
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* OldShame: Before launching his solo career, Joel was part of a hard rock duo called Attila. They released exactly one album, which was critically savaged and which Joel to this day is thoroughly embarrassed by.

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* OldShame: Before launching his solo career, Joel was part of a hard rock duo called Attila. They released exactly one album, ''Music/{{Attila}}'' which was critically savaged and which Joel to this day is thoroughly embarrassed by.



** Unsuccessful attempts to record ''Turnstiles'' would have seen Billy produced by Beatles producer George Martin, while at another point [[EltonJohn Elton John's]] classic band (Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson) would have been his studio backing band as his label [[ExecutiveMeddling wanted Billy to have more of an Elton-like sound]]. Joel rebelled, moving from Los Angeles to New York City, producing the album himself and using his touring band.

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** Unsuccessful attempts to record ''Turnstiles'' would have seen Billy produced by Beatles producer George Martin, Music/GeorgeMartin, while at another point [[EltonJohn Elton John's]] classic band (Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson) would have been his studio backing band as his label [[ExecutiveMeddling wanted Billy to have more of an Elton-like sound]]. Joel rebelled, moving from Los Angeles to New York City, producing the album himself and using his touring band.
8th Dec '14 7:06:11 PM bt8257
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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''OliverAndCompany''.

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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''OliverAndCompany''.''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
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