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Music Groups - Billy Joel

William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American musician and pianist, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIAA.[2]

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Joel
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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 "We Didn't Start the FIre" Self-indulgent baby boomer buzzword list
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4 Post 1983 Albums Innocent Man Last Solid Album He Released
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5 You're Only Human(Second Wind He put a horrendous new song on his Greatest Hits
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6 Post 1982 Albums Nylon Curtain last solid album he released
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7 After 1993's River Of Dreams He gave up writing and recording albums.
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8 Always Partially Boned Controversal songs, his attitude.
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1 Always partially boned in my book. He's a great musician who still plays to sold-out crowds (especially when Elton John is involved, good luck getting tickets!) but he's had a few things: everything post 1993 has been a flop, the fallout from "Only the Good Die Young" (a song banned at a couple of Catholic colleges) and his failed marriage to Christie Brinkley (the two are somehow now on decent terms). -- Submitted By: (Northeastern292) on September 21, 2013, 11:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I like all his stuff up until the Bridge album. Even the relatively obscure album Streetlife Serenade is full of great songs. His talents as a musician shines through on the instrumental "Rootbeer Rag." "We Didn't Start The Fire" is the only song of his that I can't stand. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on May 29, 2013, 11:17 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 While one can say Billy Joel's music never Boned The Fish or Jumped The Shark, Billy did when he divorced Christie Brinkley and put out his last album of new vocal songs in 1993 with The River Of Dreams. 20 years later Joel has no interest in returning to music and to playing concerts as much as he did in the 70s through the early 00s and a tour he took in 2005. He is now focused on living his life off his royalties. His drinking also got worse for a period to where he crashed his car into a wall and went off to rehab. Then his marriage to his wife Katie Lee ended. He gave up writing new songs and working on melodies. About all he managed to do was a album of classical works and some compilations or a live album and that sort of thing. Elton John has said Billy is lazy now. Then Elton claimed Billy stopped touring with him because he wasn't in the mood. To which Joel said there was a misunderstanding on tour dates. Joel does claim to the New York Times that he writes classical music still and stuff that he likes. But no more rock and pop tunes. He plum got burned out with pop music. So for that he jumped the shark/ boned the fish when he divorced Christie, and rolled out his last album. It all came at the same time followed by him marrying a woman 20 to 30 years younger who later left him as well. -- Submitted By: (AlanVallazza) on May 26, 2013, 12:31 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I think the difference between "Nylon Curtain" and "Innocent Man" is quite noticeable. The biggest change was the fact that before "Nylon Curtain" Joel wasn't considered MTV friendly. He teamed up with famed music video director Russell Mulcahy to create videos from the album. Suddenly, what began as Joel's social commentary album transformed into the album that made him hip and cool. Joel, a few years after his divorce from his first wife, then met and dated Elle Macpherson and later Christie Brinkley shortly after the album released. He transformed from merely a musician to a superstar. His popularity was at a peak in the early-mid 80s. I think An Innocent Man was a light hearted album celebrating this achievement in life. He finally made it big, so he let his guard down and created an album that might not have been as inspired or as challenging. I still like and consider it his last truly great album, but he had some good songs scattered throughout his last three albums, just not consistent like the other albums. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on July 20, 2012, 11:10 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I almost voted for post 1983 until I realized even that was one album too late. I didn't care for "An Innocent Man" too much. To me that was when Billy stopped being Billy and started using worn out "gimmickry" (e.g. "yet another 50s revival - oh joy - we didn't get enough of this with Happy Days") to sell records. From then on, gone were the prominent piano parts that were staples of his songs on every album up to The Nylon Curtain, replaced with standard, basic, guitar-oriented pop-rock. An Innocent Man wasn't the worst of this, but it was the start of it. It had a few bright spots, but overall it didn't remind me of a Billy Joel's previous style. It sounded more like Billy singing someone else's songs, even though I'm sure he wrote most of them. "River of Dreams" was good as albums go, but I still hear few hints of "classic" Billy Joel in there. Could be a coincidence, but when I believe he boned seems to coincide with his first divorce / marriage to Christy Brinkley. Makes one wonder if his first wife wasn't the inspiration for his early albums. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on July 19, 2012, 4:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 John, I agree it's not one of his best songs. However; the fact that he turned down a seven-figure sum for the publication of his nearly-completed autobiography not too long after his daughter went through some very tough times, DEFINITELY showed that his heart was in the right place. Not that many celebs care enough about their kids to turn down compensated publicity for their sakes but that's what he seems to have done and, if that's the case, I admire him for having that integrity. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on December 4, 2011, 6:52 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Billy's heart was in the right place when he did the song You're Only Human about suicide, but it sucked badly. -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on December 4, 2011, 11:44 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I always liked the song about the woman who went to a party and had to show off (you had to be a big shot, did ya?) and the one about being crazy (it just may be a lunatic you're lookin' for). And you know he has some serious game to have bagged Christie Brinkley in her 20s with his less than ideal looks. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 22, 2011, 6:26 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
9 I like the guy too. His songs have alot of heart. (Well, I can't speak for the stuff after about 1983.) My favorite album is The Nylon Curtain. The songs "Allentown" and "Pressure" kick ass, and "Goodnight Saigon" has a very special place in my heart. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 20, 2011, 8:05 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Huge Billy Joel fan. Love his music. Have pretty much all his albums. His hits are great, but some of his better songs are the regular songs on his albums. As a person I know he has his flaws (multiple marriages, addictions, multiple car accidents, etc.), but I still love his music and think he seems like a pretty good guy. Went to his concert in Las Vegas with my wife about two years ago. I think we were the youngest ones there, but still was awesome to see him live. Never boned. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 20, 2011, 3:36 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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