Billy Joel, Uptown Girl [Single] (1983)
I hate Billy Joel. I have always been very clear on that. Music for music teachers. And stubborn boomers too. But just recently Billy Joel seems to be getting a second round (or third round, probably) of appreciation. This has been achieved primarily through the long gap since he made an album, having all but retired from songwriting a quarter-century ago. And then, as a bonus, he plays the hits. Goes out and gives good show. So people are into that of course. I used to be into Billy Joel. Probably because it was required listening in our house. Expected. My dad – particularly – was a big fan. He loved the An Innocent Man album particularly. The two songs on this single come from that album and were a big part of my childhood – which might be why I have retained this. I really don’t know – but I was pleased to see I have pruned my Billy Joel collection down to just this one single. Which I’ll no doubt get rid of with time. I’ve been thinking about Uptown Girl a bit lately – in a weird way. I’ve twice re-watched National Lampoon’s Vacation which was out the same year as Uptown Girl; both featuring Christie Brinkley in cameos – in the case of Joel’s video it was arguably his marriage proposal, in the case of the Vacation film it was good old fashioned sexism and creepiness. She’s there for no reason other than eye-candy. Anywhere, I’m pretty sure I’ve always hated the song Uptown Girl. And this was bought for 50c. Which might not have even been money well spent.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Uptown Girl
Sample Track 2: (Side B): Careless Talk
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