REPLAY! Billy Joel – “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
[REPLAY! is a weekly feature where we jump in the DeLorean to review an ancient “music video.” It’s like Throwback Thursday except it sounds a lot cooler and doesn’t have a #hashtag.]
THIS WEEK: Replay! Billy Joel – “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
Fuckin’ a, man. The piano man getting angry as fuck right here, and he’s speaking directly to his GenX fanbase. Fuck the boomers, man. You Regan-era jerks ruined it for the rest of us. But man, this video was so cool when it came out. The narrative behind it made so much sense to a kid growing up in the 80’s. Making that awareness present. The awareness of change. Everything perfect from the generation before, unplanned changes become a variable and not everyone is exactly accepting or ready for it. That shit where mom just pops those pills and becomes a space cadet to deal with the violin practice.
Man, this track right here should be the anthem for 2020. I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to be on the “it wasn’t my fault” tip in a few years.