Hey there, all. Please pardon the relative slowdown in posting, but I'm actually currently enjoying a fleeting bit of summer vacation at the moment. Fret not. I'll be back presently to resume the regular regimen of tireless idiocy, including the answer to the most recent photo quiz. Look forward to that.
In the interim, I just wanted to shout it out loud that Bob Egan has unleashed a new selection of entries on PopSpots. If you're a music head and/or a fan of arcane NYC trivia, you need to go check it out with the quickness.
I should preface this by saying that no one thinks Bill Joel is more of a lamentable bag of dung than yours truly. If I never heard "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and/or "The Piano Man" ever again, that would be just fine with me. Seriously, that stuff needs to be put away for good.
Also, there was some point in the mid-80's when ol' B.J. married Christie Brinkley and started dressing like one of the Ramones (black sunglasses, leather jacket) that he really slipped irretrievably over the edge and into a viscous vat of hateful lamentability.
Anyway, the only reason I'm addressing this is because three of the five new entries on Bob's site are about Billy Joel. In much the same way Bob probably doesn't dig half the crap I regularly listen to and espouse, I am not a fan of all of his favorites, but whatever. I still have tremendous respect for what he does and how he does it, ... even if it's about clowns like Billy Joel.
But, as a show of respect for Bob, I'm actually going to post a Billy Joel video, albeit one with topical resonance for this blog. Here's "A Matter of Trust," shot on St Mark's Place circa 1986. The building Joel and his band are hosting their oh-so-believable impromptu jam session in -- the former site of The Dom and the Electric Circus -- in is no longer there, nor is Dojo across the street. Blink and you may miss the building that would later go onto become Coney Island High just a few steps to the west. Also making fleeting cameos are the Grassroots Tavern and St Mark's Sounds -- both are still there today.
SInce this video was filmed, Billy Joel has pretty much lost his mojo, most of his hair and his wife, who later went on to have two more husbands after the Piano Man. But here they all were in presumably happier days...