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#125: You Can't Hang a Graduation on the Wall

March 5th, 2020 · 102 minutes

The main topic is the career and oeuvre of New York resident, William Martin Joel.

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This week kicks off with some virus talk. Merlin is worried that we've lost the recipe for ice, and John is feeling very cynical. Don't worry about the giant barrel full of explosives; the water will cushion that. John remembers chicken pox parties, but Merlin is confused about exactly how a quarantine works.

In follow-up, your hosts wrap up their (mostly spoiler-free) discussion of Cheer. As it turns out, cheerleaders are kind of a lot like soldiers, and you really wanna be on the lookout for those entrepreneurial dads. Merlin dreams of typewriters. John requests an update on Millennium Actress progress.

When John was growing up, Billy Joel was everywhere and was a lot like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Then, John left Long Island.

There is some disagreement about whether Billy ever technically got "big," but you gotta know that the man is a very gifted melodicist. John wonders how he would function in a Beatles-like band, and Merlin just really loves those bridges. John seems to kind of envy Billy's helicopter lifestyle.

(Recorded on Sunday, March 1, 2020)


Yesterday's Enterprise (episode) | Memory Alpha | Fandom

While investigating a temporal rift, the Enterprise encounters a ghost from its own past - the USS Enterprise-C, which travels twenty two years into the future and changes the course of history.

Billy Joel discography - Wikipedia
Billy Joel Lyrics, Songs, and Albums | Genius
Billy Joel Biography | Billy Joel Official Site

Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel’s songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that “meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.”

Radiohead - Creep [live @ MTV Spring Break '93] - YouTube
Billy Joel | Artist |


The Billy Joel magazine profile with the helicopter trip to Madison Square Garden
Billy Joel - Piano Man (1973) - YouTube
Billy Joel - Only The Good Die Young (from Old Grey Whistle Test) - YouTube
Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are (from Old Grey Whistle Test) - YouTube
Billy Joel - Honesty (Official Video) - YouTube
Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Live from Long Island) - YouTube
Billy Joel - Pressure (Official Video) - YouTube
Billy Joel - Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (from Old Grey Whistle Test) - YouTube
Billy Joel - Big Shot (Official Video) - YouTube
Rolling Stones - "Stupid Girl" - YouTube
Billy Joel Beat Club Live Bremen, Germany 3 15 78 - YouTube
Billy Joel, Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder | The New Yorker