You may be Right
There were some great songs that came out of 1980:
On the Radio Donna Summer
Heartache Tonight The Eagles
Longer Dan Fogelberg
Do That to Me One More Time Captain and Tennille
Fame Irene Cara
Another One Bites The Dust Queen
My favorite song from 1980 is It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me by Billy Joel. I remember having this song on a 45. For those too young to know what a 45 is: It was a seven inch record that had a single song on each side. The large records were 12 inches and 33rpms. The 45 and 33 rpms refer to the speed at which the record spins on the record player. That is revolutions per minute. The speed had to be set on the record player. If the player was on the wrong speed, you would end up with either a low, slow-motion sound or a “Chipmunk” sound. And, you could manually turn the record backward. Some records were supposed to contain hidden messages, if played backward. The messages were usually of the satanic nature. For a 45 record, you had to have an adapter. If you did not have an adapter, the record would spin in a lopsided fashion and the record would get scratched. You can still find 45s on line at classic45s.com
We later got the album Glass Houses that this song was part of. This was Billy Joel’s seventh studio album. Joel is responsible for synthesizers, harmonica, acoustic & electric pianos, accordion, and vocals on this album.
This was the end of the disco era. There was a new type of music called Nuwave. Billy Joel did not think this was a new style. He felt it was the same music that started in the sixties.
At the time Joel was being negatively talked about by journalists. Most artists just ignored it, but Billy Joel addressed it in these lines from the song: “”It doesn’t matter what they say in the papers, ’cause it’s always been the same old scene.” and “There’s a new band in town, but you can’t get the sound from a story in a magazine,”
This was his first #1 hit on the Hot 100, spending two weeks at the top spot in July, 1980.
“Miracle Mile” that he mentions in this song refers to a road in Long Island where Billy Joel is from.
“Side Winders” mentioned in the song refers to a pair of dancing shoes from the 1950’s.
“You could really be a Beau Brummel baby If you just give it half a chance.” Beau Brummel was a fashion trend setter in Regency England.