Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Don't Ask Me Why" by Billy Joel

Song#:  0283
Date:  08/02/1980
Debut:  71
Peak:  19
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop



Pop Bits:  Joel's new wave-oriented "Glass Houses" LP was a major hit with the first two rockin' singles, "You May Be Right" (#7) and "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (#1), doing well to smash the good-guy, soft rock balladeer image that he was being tagged with at the time. But this third single found Joel back in AC mode and it didn't do as well as the previous singles. However, it appropriately became his second #1 on the AC chart.

ReduxReview:  After the previous two singles, I can see where this song could be a letdown. My musical ears tell me this is a good song, but my personal taste ears hears just a minor pop shuffle. I love a lot of Billy Joel songs, but this is one that I never connected with. It ended up being perfect for AC radio, but for the rest of us...eh.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Joel has a half-brother (via their father), Alexander Joel. Alexander lives in Germany and is the conductor of the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

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