Please allow me join the slobbering Al-aholics on the
I feel better now.
OK, now quite seriously...I have been pretty much a
long time Billy Joel fanatic (bear with me, you'll see how I get
here) and an apparently closeted Al fan. I mean, everyone
knows that I love BJ. But almost no one realizes that I
can also sing all the words to "Midnight Star." Without
a cheat sheet.
Let me officially state that I am now OUT OF THE CLOSET.
But see, way back when I was a kid, OK, a teenager,
I found myself on a Holy Quest to track down a copy of "Eat
It." I really don't recall why anymore. Most
likely, the kids I couldn't stand at school were listening to
a lot of Michael Jackson, and I'd seen enough MTV to recognize
the anti-Jackson when I saw him.
The upshot of this is, the very first album by anyone
that I ever bought was "In 3-D." And I got it
well over a year prior to my first Billy Joel album.
In fact, I picked up that first Billy Joel album because
I came across it while buying Madonna's "Like a Virgin"
and I got some deal if I bought 2 albums at once. And why
was I buying Madonna? Because by that time I was really
really into "Dare to be Stupid." And I enjoyed
"Like a Surgeon" enough to seek out the original.
Wait. It gets scarier.
If you've gotten this far, you are probably familiar
with the concept of the Polka Medley. If you're not, on
most Weird Al albums, there's a track of 10 or 12 pop songs medleyed
together with an accordion. Your life is not complete without
listening to at least one polka medley.
I only knew one song on the medley on "In 3D."
I started listening to the radio to try and learn the rest
of the songs. Eventually I latched onto a DJ by name of
Mark Bolger. Bolger played a lot of screwy stuff on his
shows...and this was on a Top 40 station. Anyway, Bolge
played more Al, and Loudon Wainwright III, and did some of his
own stuff (someday I'll have to get a copy of "Lorne Greene,
Sex Machine" here.) And he was nice enough to allow
me call him and talk to him on an almost daily basis. He
had an autographed picture of Al to give away once, and he saved
it for me. If you want the full story, click here.
So, of course, when I wandered off to college, I did
radio. I did radio when I was in vet school. I'm not
doing radio now, and I kinda miss it.
Would I have done this stuff if I hadn't tracked down
a copy of "Eat It?" Maybe. No idea. I
didn't even realize the connection until I was re-organizing my
music collection and discovered that I owned Billy Joel's entire
back catalog. Well, I already knew that. My surprise
was to discover that the only other person who shared this honor
was Weird Al.
I'm comfortable with my inner geek. After all,
I freely admit to playing with plastic horses on the weekends,
WAY cool concert stories and lots of
HAT TOUR (2003-2004)
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (1999-2000)
CEFOMAC Beowulf Model
Horses Main About Me