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“What’s the matter with the clothes I’m wearing?
– Can’t you tell that your tie’s too wide? –
Maybe I should buy some old tab collars?
– Welcome back to the age of jive
where have you been hidin’ out lately, honey?
You can’t dress trashy till you spend a lot of money –
everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout the new sound
funny, but it’s still rock and roll to me

What’s the matter with the car I’m driving?
– Can’t you tell that it’s out of style? –
Should I get a set of white wall tires?
– Are you gonna cruise the miracle mile?
Nowadays you can’t be too sentimental
your best bet’s a true baby blue Continental –
hot funk, cool punk, even if it’s old junk
it’s still rock and roll to me

Oh, it doesn’t matter what they say in the papers
‘cause it’s always been the same old scene
there’s a new band in town
but you can’t get the sound from a story in a magazine
aimed at your average teen

How about a pair of pink sidewinders
and a bright orange pair of pants?
– You could really be a Beau Brummel baby
if you just give it half a chance
don’t waste your money on a new set of speakers
you get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers –
next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways
it’s still rock and roll to me

What’s the matter with the crowd I’m seeing?
– Don’t you know that they’re out of touch? –
Should I try to be a straight ‘A’ student?
– If you are then you think too much
don’t you know about the new fashion honey?
All you need are looks and a whole lotta money –
it’s the next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways
it’s still rock and roll to me

Everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout the new sound
funny, but it’s still rock and roll to me”.

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Billy Joel, It’s still rock and roll to me – 2:57
(Billy Joel)
Album: Glass houses (1980)
Singolo: “It’s still rock and roll to me” (1980)

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Citazioni.

It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me is a hit 1980 song performed by Billy Joel, from the hit album Glass Houses. The song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks, from July 19 through August 1, 1980. The song spent 11 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980 according to American Top 40. The song is an examination of the themes of a musician’s degrading fame and public tastes that were expressed in his 1975 hit “The Entertainer“. The single eventually reached Platinum status from the RIAA for sales of over 1 million copies in the United States. The video version differs from the album version.
The song is a cynical look at the music industry as a publicist/manager begs the protagonist to remain hip for the younger crowd (“What’s the matter with the car I’m driving?” / “Can’t you tell that it’s out of style?”), and the protagonist’s refusal to change, claiming his music will remain relevant regardless of his appearance. The song was a reaction by Joel at the new music genres that were around in the late 1970s (punk, funk, new wave). It was inspired by Joel reading a review about a particular (unnamed) band, and realizing that he had no idea what their music sounded like. The song also includes the line “Alright Rico!” To kick off the saxophone solo performed by Richie Cannata. The music video for the song depicted Joel mixing elements of new wave, punk, and funk as he records a music video”.

(Wikipedia, voce It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me)

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