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 1 Morwen Edhelwen, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 4:54:14 PM from Sydney, Australia
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He's my favourite rock artist, who's also done classical. Plus he's a classic artist and nearly everyone has heard of him. You'd have to be living under a rock to not know who he is. My favourite Billy Joel song is Downeaster Alexa.
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 2 0dd 1, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 5:44:20 PM from Nowhere Land
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'Scuse me while I link the greatest song ever written:

Though I'm also very fond of "Everybody Loves You Now", especially the original version on Cold Spring Harbor. The Songs in the Attic version (which I heard first) was really good and helped me learn it on the guitar, but the riff sounds so much better on the piano than on the guitar. (I just really love how much that riff sounds like a slot machine.) Not to mention how amazingly identifiable its lyrics are.

edited 22nd Sep '12 5:47:02 PM by 0dd1

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 3 0dd 1, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 5:47:56 PM from Nowhere Land
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Aw, hell, I'm just gonna link that song too:

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 4 Morwen Edhelwen, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 6:59:02 PM from Sydney, Australia
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@)0dd1: Wow! I never heard that version before. There's a rawness in it that IMO was toned down in the other versions.
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 5 Twentington, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 7:09:27 PM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
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I know "The Longest Time" because one of the choirs in my school did it. (There were two choirs in my high school: the one that I was in, and the one whose members could actually sing.) I know "Shameless" through Garth Brooks' cover.

And that's it.
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 6 Morwen Edhelwen, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 7:40:07 PM from Sydney, Australia
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@Twentington: Let me guess, you were in the one which couldn't sing. Right?
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 7 0dd 1, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 7:55:20 PM from Nowhere Land
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[up][up][up]It's ironic how it seems rawer than the later version when Billy Joel specifically put out the Songs in the Attic album to put out songs that he thought didn't seem to have as much life in them on their albums as they did live [lol]

[up][up]I remember in my high school there were five guys who did an acapella version of "The Longest Time" before a Christmas concert for the school band...it was a rather bizarre and out-of-place moment, but they sure sounded pretty. Also, they did it at double the tempo of the original song for some reason.

As for "Shameless", I was just on a cruise that had hired a singer/guitarist who played in their smoke rooms in the evenings. His girlfriend was another employee of the ship, and "Shameless" seemed to be her favorite song, because he played it several times over the course of the week. A really nice, stripped down version of the song which I thought actually sounded better than Billy's own version.

Actually, he seemed to just really like Billy Joel in general (though he said he wasn't as fond of his albums from Glass Houses on as his earlier ones). There was one more obscure Billy Joel song I remember he played at one point, but I can't remember what it was. I wanna say it was "Rosalinda's Eyes", but I'm not sure.

edited 22nd Sep '12 7:58:11 PM by 0dd1

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 8 Twentington, Sat, 22nd Sep '12 8:34:13 PM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
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[up][up]No, that must be someone else.
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 9 Morwen Edhelwen, Sun, 23rd Sep '12 1:29:22 AM from Sydney, Australia
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There were two choirs in my high school: the one that I was in'', and the one whose members could actually sing.
Or was that a mistake?

edited 23rd Sep '12 1:30:11 AM by MorwenEdhelwen

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 10 Twentington, Sun, 23rd Sep '12 1:17:46 PM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
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[up]I couldn't sing at the time, but I can now.
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 11 Morwen Edhelwen, Sun, 23rd Sep '12 3:46:58 PM from Sydney, Australia
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ohhh. and nice avatar.
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 12 Bananaquit, Mon, 24th Sep '12 12:50:58 AM from The Darién Gap Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
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Billy Joel at his greatest. No, really:

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 13 0dd 1, Mon, 24th Sep '12 7:47:51 AM from Nowhere Land
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I'd never heard of that before. That's awesome.
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 14 Mike K, Mon, 24th Sep '12 12:06:14 PM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
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[up][up] I've discovered that if you get a 404 error on allmusic.com, this is what happens.

edited 24th Sep '12 12:07:39 PM by MikeK

 15 0dd 1, Mon, 24th Sep '12 1:01:09 PM from Nowhere Land
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...that is the greatest thing ever.
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 16 Morwen Edhelwen, Mon, 24th Sep '12 3:57:06 PM from Sydney, Australia
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His voice is unrecognisable doing that. Just noticed that "Everybody Loves You Now" is basically a slam against a celebrity/celebrity culture, implying that the addressee will end up Lonely at the Top. Oh loneliness will get to you somehow/But everybody loves you now.

edited 26th Sep '12 6:08:34 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

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 17 Morwen Edhelwen, Wed, 26th Sep '12 10:55:54 PM from Sydney, Australia
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And I think I've just discovered a new favourite Billy Joel song: Only the Good Die Young

edited 26th Sep '12 10:56:09 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

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 18 0dd 1, Wed, 26th Sep '12 11:08:05 PM from Nowhere Land
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You've never heard "Only the Good Die Young"? It's one of his most popular ones. It's especially popular among grieving teenagers who post it on Facebook in tribute of a friend that's recently died, not realizing that the song isn't at all about young people dying.

edited 26th Sep '12 11:08:18 PM by 0dd1

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 19 Morwen Edhelwen, Wed, 26th Sep '12 11:25:00 PM from Sydney, Australia
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It's especially popular among grieving teenagers who post it on Facebook in tribute of a friend that's recently died, not realizing that the song isn't at all about young people dying.

Oh. My. God. That is Misaimed Fandom and irony at its finest.

edited 26th Sep '12 11:25:18 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

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 20 0dd 1, Wed, 26th Sep '12 11:28:39 PM from Nowhere Land
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Whenever I see that, I always feel like telling the poster that, even if I'd look like a total dick doing that.

edited 26th Sep '12 11:28:54 PM by 0dd1

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 21 Morwen Edhelwen, Fri, 28th Sep '12 4:56:39 AM from Sydney, Australia
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I've never seen it.
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 22 Twentington, Fri, 28th Sep '12 12:06:05 PM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
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"I'm gonna live forever if the good die young" — Tracy Lawrence
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 23 Morwen Edhelwen, Sat, 29th Sep '12 2:45:49 AM from Sydney, Australia
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That's awesome
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"Only The Good Die Young" is probably his most popular song that I can't stand, if only because I'm a prude and I hate songs that tell me that I suck.

 25 0dd 1, Tue, 16th Oct '12 9:45:17 AM from Nowhere Land
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Heh, I've always wondered if there were any virginal people who don't like the song because of that specifically.
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