History Trivia / BillyJoel

22nd Oct '17 2:39:03 PM nombretomado
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* CompactDisc: ''52nd Street'' was the first pop/rock music CD released in stores, when [=CDs=] were first available in Japan.
19th Oct '17 6:12:01 PM Schroeder1174
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** He seems embarrassed by the ''Glass Houses'' album track, "C'Était Toi (You Were the One)", at least due to his poor use of GratuitousFrench lyrics through the song. He often relates a story of his performance of the song in France to a puzzled audience as a major reason he no longer tackled foreign languages in song or performs the song any longer.
25th Sep '17 7:16:40 AM Macsen
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* ThrowItIn: There's a brief studder and chuckle during a verse in "You're Only Human (Second Wind)". Christie Brinkley and Paul Simon convinced him to keep it in, as it accentuated the song's message of recognizing and accepting personal fallibility.



** "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" was supposed to be more melancholy, as we had written it after a bout of depression during which he contemplated suicide. But Christie Brinkley and Paul Simon convinced him to make the music more upbeat.

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** "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" was supposed to be more melancholy, as we he had written it after a bout of depression during which he contemplated suicide. But Christie Brinkley and Paul Simon convinced him He decided to make the music more upbeat.
25th Sep '17 7:12:06 AM Macsen
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** "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" was supposed to be more melancholy, as we had written it after a bout of depression during which he contemplated suicide. But Christie Brinkley and Paul Simon convinced him to make the music more upbeat.
25th Jul '17 11:06:55 PM Schroeder1174
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* CreatorRecovery: Billy Joel's very upbeat and poppy ''An Innocent Man'', a tribute to Joel's musical influences from TheSixties, followed the cynical, sociopolitically charged ''The Nylon Curtain''. While TNC was recorded during Billy's divorce from his first wife, AIM was a product of then-single Billy enjoying life as a bachelor and dating a number of supermodels, most notably his future second wife ChristieBrinkley.

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* CreatorRecovery: Billy Joel's very upbeat and poppy ''An Innocent Man'', a tribute to Joel's musical influences from TheSixties, followed the cynical, sociopolitically charged ''The Nylon Curtain''. While TNC ''The Nylon Curtain'' was recorded during Billy's divorce from his first wife, AIM ''An Innocent Man'' was a product of then-single Billy enjoying life as a bachelor and dating a number of supermodels, most notably his future second wife ChristieBrinkley.


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** "Vienna" from ''The Stranger'' bears no relation to the Music/{{Ultravox}} hit.
25th Jul '17 11:01:03 PM Schroeder1174
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** "Big Shot" sings about attending hot spots like Elaine's (it closed in 2011) and wearing Halston original dresses (Haltson died in 1990).

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** "Big Shot" sings about attending hot spots like Elaine's (it closed in 2011) and wearing Halston original dresses (Haltson (Halston died in 1990).
12th Jul '17 11:20:57 AM Ezclee4050
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** He's also admitted that he's not all that fond of "Tell Her About It", saying that it was an attempt to do a song InTheStyleOf Music/TheSupremes, but the finished product didn't really work the way he'd wanted it to.
25th Jun '17 11:02:08 AM nombretomado
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* GreatestHits: Several since 1985, especially after his "retirement" from releasing pop music in 1994. 1985's double-length "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2" sold 23x multi-platinum according to the RIAA, as of 2011, at least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatest_Hits_(Billy_Joel_albums)#cite_note-1 according to]] TheOtherWiki.

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* GreatestHits: Several since 1985, especially after his "retirement" from releasing pop music in 1994. 1985's double-length "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2" sold 23x multi-platinum according to the RIAA, as of 2011, at least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatest_Hits_(Billy_Joel_albums)#cite_note-1 according to]] TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
10th May '17 5:22:53 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** "We Didn't Start the Fire" mentions Tiananmen Square but not the collapse of the UsefulNotes/BerlinWall, placing it squarely at a specific point in 1989.
10th May '17 5:21:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece
** "Big Shot" sings about attending hot spots like Elaine's (it closed in 2011) and wearing Halston original dresses (Haltson died in 1990).
** "Sleeping With The Television On" makes reference to the time when TV broadcasts ended and began at certain hours, as opposed to now, when most broadcasts run 24/7, making the line about waking up to the white noise irrelevant.
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