Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” Gets British Makeover [VIDEO]
Classic rockers of all ages, please allow me to take you back to the year 1989, then even further back from there.
When Billy Joel released “We Didn’t Start The Fire”, Blender magazine put the tune at number 41 of the 50 worst songs ever, saying the song “resembles a term paper scribbled the night before it’s due.”
Filled with a montage of history celebrating over 40 years (1949-1989), the lyrics implode the headlines of some 119 events, covering everything from presidential inaugurations, to Buddy Holly’s plane, crash to Apollo 11, to heavy metal suicide, to rock and roll “cola” wars (Coke vs. Pepsi).
Joel had mixed emotions about recording music against his style, calling it a “novelty song”, even though “Fire” managed number one chart status in the U.S.
Fast forward to the present and enjoy this viral video. Take caution in the fact that the production is British, and there are as many unfamiliar, as well as, familiar features, throughout the footage. No matter, because it – classic rocks – big time!
Here’s how the original sounds:
Thank you, Deanna, for finding this!