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.
13: 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 (Goodnight, My Angel)." #billyjoel #joelhole
12: 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
11: 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
10: 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
9: 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." #billyjoel #joelhole
8: 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 Roll to Me" and "All for Leyna." #billyjoel #joelhole
Billy is a musical genius
Billy is a musical genius!! So some of their views piss me off BUT The hosts are entertaining & funny.
Plumbing the Depths of the Shallowest Rocker
Meg and Adam make a thoughtful deep-dive of Billy Joel’s career that’s often funny and insightful. Billy isn’t a deep thinker or a creative artist, but his popularity defies logic and endures, so what does anyone really know anyway?
I listened to ten minutes and couldn’t continue. The. Worst.