Billy Joel Didn’t Start The Fire

July 21, 2009 at 12:41 am (Entertainment, General, Media, Music) (, , , , , )

(Yeah, another audio comparo blog post. I’ve got a few of these left. See what happens when I don’t blog for 6 flippin’ months?)

Okay. Here we go. In 1989, Billy Joel released a fast-moving, pop-culture-reference-loaded, rock-rapper titled We Didn’t Start The Fire:

Turned out to be hugely popular, with lots of air play at the time. The “classic” FM stations still play it, almost everywhere you go in the Western World.

However, three years earlier, a much less well-known band called Big Audio Dynamite had recorded a remarkably similar tune called E = MC2:

Hate doing that to you, Billy. Love ya, man. Have lots of your albums, even on vinyl. Big fan, back in the day. Saw Billy Joel in Portland on The Stranger tour. People were dancing in the aisles. I’ve even heard Cold Spring Harbor. But – this sounds like at least an influence, if not a lift.

And the hits just keep on coming. Back in a few days with more cool sounds from Dave’s stacks of wax. If you’ve got some ideas (or complaints), well… there’s that space below, you know.

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