Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Listening Post



I just can't stress in strong enough terms how much I continue to worship this man.

An appropriate song for me these days and the first video that really kind of blew me away during the early days of MTV -- way back when the "M" actually stood for music and before the network became known for running nothing but noxious and offensively stupid crap like Jersey Shore.

Here's Billy Joel's Pressure.

8 comments:

toastie said...

NPR had a piece this morning about how influential the MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom are. Lots of footage of vapid teens saying things like "OMG, I didn't realize how much work it took to take a care of baby. I thought all-nighters meant partying...not this!" So, well, there's lots of educational benefit to MTV these days. However, I think the audience would be better served by The Abortions of Snooki. PS-Thanks for the morning Billy Joel.

Pea said...

One can never go wrong with Mr. Joel. Or rather, with pre-River of Dreams Billy Joel.

Anonymous said...

Sesame Street: What does it mean?

Thomas B said...

Dude, I'm totally telling Snooki you said that. Watch out on Miami's dance-floors!

Alanna said...

This song is one of my favorite's. I can only thank my mother for dragging me to see Billy 12x in the course of my life. I believe it's a Long Island rite of passage to obsess over this man. Oy.

C said...

I'm sure you have some cosmic rationale...moved me then, moves me now.

Eric said...

When I was a kid, Billy Joel was possibly my favorite artist. Then, around the time of An Innocent Man, I came to really be sick of him somehow. Profoundly sick, as in it wasn't enough not to listen to his records anymore, butI realized there was something sort of profoundly fake about the guy I increasingly couldn't stand at all.

Okay, I still have a ton of his stuff on vinyl but I think all I have on CD are Piano Man and The Pretender, neither of which I ever listen to. I sort of feel like I should get Streetlife Serendade on CD, except I wonder if I'd listen to it as much as I did when I was a kid.

But, y'know, as little use as I have for Billy Joel these days, and as much as I enjoy knocking him, I'll admit: I will defend The Nylon Curtain to the death.

It's funny. This evening I played the clip you posted twice, sang along both times, remembered all the lyrics practically from muscle memory despite not having listened to "Pressure" probably since college (too many years ago) and I think I may have been pitch-fucking-perfect both times (yes, I sang along out loud).

So thanks for posting it.

Sheeeeeit said...

Ah, memories of the one and only Brewers World Series appearance, The local station would play it for promos. Was such a blast as a 20yr old in an 18 yr old drinking state! Bitterly disappointing yet magical time of my life!