I’m not a huge Billy Joel fan.
But there are scads of artists out there that I don’t much care for that still manage to grind out a song or two that I love.
And for Billy Joel, that short list is pretty much “Captain Jack” (the live version; the studio original annoys me), “Only The Good Die Young”, most of the “An Innocent Man” album, watching people singing “Piano Man” at karaoke night getting beaten with pool sticks (which isn’t actually an endorsement of the song)…
…and “Say Goodbye To Hollywood.
So how do you make that song perfect?
Have it covered by Ronnie Spector, backed by the E Street Band, in a cover that I’d forgotten ever existed:
And for one moment, all is forgiven.