We Didn't Start the Podcast — A Show About Billy Joel
By Meg Donahue and Adam Ragusea
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An album by album re-watch of Billy Joel's career, with snarky and occasionally informed co-hosts Meg Donahue and Adam Ragusea. This 13-episode miniseries starts with reviews of proto-Joel releases from Billy's boyhood band The Hassles and his infamous organ-metal duo Attila, then proceeds through his solo albums of widely varying quality but uniform Joel-ness. Relive the insufferable sincerity of "Piano Man," the poofy-haired smooth sax lines of "The Stranger," the late-80s cocaine sheen of "Storm Front" and all the (mis)steps between. Talk to us and fellow listeners on Twitter using the hashtag #joelhole.
||Explicit13: River of Dreck||We solemnly read through the 1993 career-suicide note that is Billy Joel's final studio album, "River of Dreams," and usher in the era of OFS (old, fat, sad) Joel. Features: "The River of Dreams," "All About Soul," "No Man's Land" and "Lullabye (Goodni.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: Storm Frontin'||Adam loses his patience with Billy Joel's reckless, shallow populism on Joel's high-gloss 1989 hit album, "Storm Front." Features: "We Didn't Start the Fire," "The Downeaster 'Alexa,'" "I Go to Extremes" and "And So It Goes." #billyjoel #joelhole||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: The Bridge to Nowhere||We delight in hearing Billy Joel try to prove that he's a modern man — an '80s man — with his gloriously dated 1986 album, "The Bridge." Features: "A Matter of Trust," "Baby Grand," "Modern Woman" and "Running on Ice." #billyjoel #joelhole||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: A Weirdly Innocent 34-Year-Old Man||We are equally charmed and embarrassed by Billy Joel's 1983 post-divorce nostalgia excursion, "An Innocent Man." Featuring: "Uptown Girl," "The Longest Time," "Tell Her About It," "An Innocent Man" and "Keeping the Faith." #billyjoel #joelhole||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9: The Nylennon Curtain||Meg is unimpressed as Billy Joel attempts to prove that he's a Serious Adult with his 1982 opus, "The Nylon Curtain," and he just ends up doing a barely-passable John Lennon impression. Features: "Allentown," "Pressure" and "Goodnight Saigon." #billyjo.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8: Glass Egos||Ever wanted to hear a 30-year-old who looks like a 45-year-old try to rock out like a 15-year-old? Come listen with us to Billy Joel's 1980 ersatz new wave album, "Glass Houses." Features: "You May Be Right," "Sometimes a Fantasy," "It's Still Rock and.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7: Prop Trumpet Street||Adam is unimpressed by the "I'm really more of a jazz guy" act on Billy Joel's (weirdly) critically-acclaimed 1978 album, "52nd Street." Features: "Big Shot," "Honesty" and "My Life." #billyjoel #joelhole||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: The Sexy Sax Stranger||We swallow (some of) our snark as we listen to Billy Joel's indisputably great 1976 magnum opus, "The Stranger." It's poofy-haired '70s Joel at his peak, which is to say it's Joel at his peak. Features: "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "Just the Way You .||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: Burnstiles||Behold the onset of Classic Period Joel with Billy Joel's 1976 album, "Turnstiles." Having come back to New York to single-handedly save it from destruction, Joel unites with Liberty DeVitto and the boys in the band to produce the first fully-Joel stat.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: Streetlife Retrograde||Take a gander at Billy Joel's major label sophomore slump, 1974's "Streetlife Serenade." Rushed into the studio before he had a chance to write much new material, Joel scraped the bottom of the barrel and mostly came up with fingernails full of splinte.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3: Piano Boy||Meg valiantly defends the honor of Billy Joel's 1973 major label debut, "Piano Man," which features Joel's first hit single, "Piano Man," on a loop for 40 minutes. Actually, it turns out there are some other songs too. Features: "Piano Man," "Travelin'.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: Cold Spring Creamery||We listen to Billy Joel's semi-disavowed 1971 debut solo album, "Cold Spring Harbor," which was marred by a mastering error that made him sound even younger and more earnest than he actually was (which is saying something). Features: "She's Got a Way".||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: Joelvenilia||Come on a whirlwind tour of Billy Joel's three proto-Joel albums: The Hassles' fun-loving self-titled 1967 debut and pretentious 1969 follow-up, "Hour of the Wolf," and the 1970 self-titled debut of Joel's infamous organ-metal duo, Atilla. #billyjoel #.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
My favorite podcast about music, ever
This show is perfectly executed and done by the perfect people. Brilliant and hysterical.
You guys are awesome. Please do more podcasts!
Great conversations about Joel's music & career
Adam and Meg make a great hosting duo for this fun and thorough rehashing of Billy Joel's discography and career. Meg and Adam keep it light, but Adam's music education provides good insight into Joel's music composition and performance.
Definitely worth the binge. You could skip the first episode (it's all pre-Joel solo career stuff) but don't, you'll miss out on a lot of inside jokes.
It's a little harsh on Joel at times, but overall I think it's a fair assessment of the Piano Man's career.