Friday, November 10th 2006
billy… um… hey, Joel? what’s billy’s last name?

i can’t tell you how many times someone tells me they read a post of mine, and I interrupt and say, ‘but did you read the comments?! because that’s always the best part!"  And it is. y’all are just funny and wise, and caring and all of that. i also can’t tell you how many times i’m talking to my mom on the phone, and she’ll refer to something one of you said in a comment. so see? y’all really matter. my MOM quotes you.

There was excellent input on the razor issue, y’all. If you didn’t go back and weigh in, or check the comments that day, you should. (go ahead, it’s ok. )

But just now i was looking at the comments from that last post, and oooh, it was good. i’m copying and pasting the following excerpt, but all of it was pretty good. this particular bit made me yelp out loud in laughter and simply can’t be missed:

Geekwif Said:

I love this post! Total stream of consciousness.

What I want to know is do you hate Elton John music or just that horrid Circle of Life song? Because I can’t stand Elton John’s music but people always look at me like I’m an alien when I say that.

Same with that other guy. You know Billy something. The piano man. "You may be right…I may be crazy." Ugh, why can’t I think of his name?

And now you’re thinking "Duh! Billy _______" But I can’t think of it!

Oh yeah, that and now I’ve got that song running through your head. Sorry.

on Nov 10, 2006 5:55:13 AM
joel Said:

Ooo…Billy Joel, good stuff. Come to think of it, haven’t listened in a while. Have to go crank it up…

"…That’s not her styyyyle…"


HA! yeah, geekwif, i was going "JOEL! dude, his name is Billy JOEL, and i adore him."  he’s not even in the same  category as elton john, whose music annoys me 95% of the time. exceptions: Sad Songs Say So Much, and Rocket Man

but of all readers to come along next, JOEL, I thought you were quite restrained in not asking what was so forgettable about the word ‘joel.’

heh heh. y’all are the best.

so, y’all. billy whats-his-name or elton? i already voted billy, of course, but it’s your turn  now.

billy vs. elton

go vote!


28 Comments on “billy… um… hey, Joel? what’s billy’s last name?”

Shannon @ Rocks in my Dryer
November 10th, 2006
1:38 pm

BILLY, of course. There’s not even any debate.

Rebecca Mielke
November 10th, 2006
1:40 pm

I love you, man, but you & I do not exist in the same musical universe! Both Billy Joel and Elton John are – uh – grocery store music, really annoying when turned up too loud, just kind of tolerable in the background. If pushed, I will concede that Elton exceeds Billy is annoying-ness.

Currently the Mielke household is rocking out to Relient K’s “Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand”. Fa la la la la, la la, la la.

November 10th, 2006
1:52 pm

Billy. I do like the Princess Diana version of Candle in the Wind, however. I don’t listen to either of them on any sort of regular basis…like Rebecca said, probably just in the grocery store. ;-)

Antique Mommy
November 10th, 2006
1:58 pm

Elton John – ONLY because of Benny and the Jets.
B-B-B-B-B-Benny and the Jettssss! Does anyone know what that means? Me neither. Aaaah! Brings me back to my high school daze. And the bonus song is Rocket Man.

November 10th, 2006
3:31 pm

Billy. Joel.

November 10th, 2006
3:36 pm

Forced to choose, I would take Billy Joel. However, I lean toward neither most of the time.

kelli in the mirror
November 10th, 2006
4:09 pm

Absolutely Billy Joel. He’s great. Not grocery store music! At least not the annoying kind.

November 10th, 2006
5:27 pm

oh my… there is no debate here. Billy Joel is clearly cooler. Have you seen the stuff Elton John wears. :)

julie carobini
November 10th, 2006
7:01 pm

Um, when I was like, 11, I was into Donny Osmond. Billy’s too old for me, haha.

Can’t remember anything Donny sang, but I still have a pair of nylon purple socks with his face on them. No, I’m not lyin’.

November 10th, 2006
9:50 pm


Wait, what was the question? Oh yeah…

The original Candle in the Wind is the only good song by Sir How Could They Ever Make Him a Knight. The other version isn’t bad, but anyway. Billy Joel is much, much, MUCH better than Elton John.

Of course, that’s just my not-so-humble opinion.


November 11th, 2006
12:40 am

To each his own….I USED to be a HUGE Billy Joel fan…until he stopped touring!! Performing is what keeps you current with your fans…and if you are not touring or making new albums…it’s kind of…out of sight, out of mind. Elton has a new cd out called The Captain and The Kid…and I challenge each and every one of you to take a listen!!

November 11th, 2006
6:44 am

Okay, first of all, how hilarious that Joel commented right after me! And if he hadn’t outright answered my question, I would never have gotten the irony of it! Very sad, I know.

And to answer your question, in the category of “costume laughability”, Elton John, of course. In the category of “most annoying when my husband insists on singing his songs in the car”, Billy JOEL, but mostly only because he never sings Elton John songs…my husband that is. I have no idea if Billy JOEL ever sings Elton John songs or not.

November 11th, 2006
10:01 am

I don’t really have an opinion here, since I mostly listen to either classical (Dallas has a classical radio station,y’all), or country (old stuff, real rootsy, bluegrass, and oh I love Alison Krause). I drive my students crazy, since they are all about hiphop and rap which *truly* drives me insane, especially when I am stopped at a red light and someone is playing it so loud it makes my rib cage vibrate.

November 11th, 2006
11:14 am

Why I bothered to look at this lame blog to begin with is my biggest question. Maybe if some of you stop listening to just Elton’s greatest hits and took some time to listen to his lesser know works you might be able to come to a much different opinion about his music. You all have your two cents worth to say about Elton’s Lion King work like that is what he was writing as everyday music. He was ASKED by Disney to write the music to a CHILDREN’S animated movie and I guess after selling over 10 million copies that year, being the biggest selling album that year, and winning the Oscar for Best Song that year, he must have done his job right. I’d say thats a sign of a talented musician. You wouldn’t know good music or a talented artist is one smacked you right in the face. As for Billy Joel, he’s a good performer, his music lacks Elton’s complexity, and he’s no challenge on the piano, even he admitted that. For anyone to say they couldn’t remember Billy’s last name, they would have to have been in a coma for the last 30 years or just plain old stupid. I’ll pick that latter this time. Pick up a copy of “The Captain & The Kid” and let Elton show you what he does best. From the End of the World to Your Town. Aloha.

November 11th, 2006
12:56 pm

Not an Elton John fan. Actually I am a bit out of it when it comes to music stuff but Elton’s music is too much the same.

Hey HM…have you ever talked about the Neil Diamond concert we went to? It was just as much fun watching your face in disbelief he had AGED as it was watching the women in tight black leather pants who were beyond the age or size for tight black leather pants screaming their heads off hoping to catch one of his sweat rags. I laughed the entire time and enjoyed watching the crowd as much as an aging star acting like a kid.

I will probably get some rocks thrown at me, but all in all it was a fun concert. It made me realize how stupid I would look at 53 in black leather pants…..

November 11th, 2006
1:00 pm

Kimo…no offense…I just look for something different when I listen to music. I am glad you enjoy his work. I guess that is why there is something out there for all of us…

November 11th, 2006
3:11 pm

Okay, I’m all about the Christian music these days but if I had to choose between those two it would for sure be…

Billy, Billy, Fo-Filly, Me Mi Mo Milly… Billy :)

I couldn’t resist!

November 11th, 2006
4:26 pm

Its hard to imagine anyone hating 95% of Elton’s music because (1) he’s got such a insanely large collection since he’s never retired from producing new work and (2)his music covers such a wide spectrum songs. Sure there are songs I dislike buthaving taken an interest in him and explored his many years of music, Ive found that I love so much that he’s created. I have how much of his catalog you know to dislike 95% of it.

Their are artist we just dont take to but I

November 11th, 2006
5:05 pm

Wow, Kimo. Chill.
I love both Elton John and Billy Joel. I got to see them in concert together several years ago, and it was pretty cool. Like Stacey, I listen mostly to contemporary Christian now…maybe just because I’m too lazy to weed through everything else.
Isn’t it great that we can all agree to disagree? (Huh, Kimo?)

November 11th, 2006
8:03 pm

Billy Joel, and I say that with full knowledge that he is in no way cool. I’m okay with that. He is the music my older sisters listened to as I was growing up, and is therefore the soundtrack to my childhood.

November 11th, 2006
11:07 pm

Yeah, I’d definitely have to vote for Mr. Whats-his-name. ;)

Hmm…except maybe for the River of Dreams album…that was a serious nosedive after Storm Front…

November 12th, 2006
12:02 am

I do like Elton, buy Billy is the BEST. My husband and I saw them together in concert a few years ago. AMAZING!!!!!!

Shannon @ Rocks in my Dryer
November 12th, 2006
10:22 am

I think Kimo forgot her happy pill this morning.

November 13th, 2006
6:35 am

Hey Kimo, let me jog your memory: you came to this “lame blog” to begin with because you were googling Elton John’s name looking for dissenters to go harass, as was already mentioned on the message board you frequent.

Just trying to be helpful.

November 13th, 2006
7:43 am

I was going to go to Kimo’s blog and harass her a bit, you know, for fun, but she doesn’t have one. Of course.

My vote: Phil Collins. Yeah, I know he wasn’t a choice, but at this point even the lesser of two evils isn’t gonna work for me.

November 13th, 2006
11:05 am

I saw Billy Joel in concert (Storm Front) and he was the fantabulous. And really anyone who could remember all the words to “We Didn’t Start the Fire” without any aid and look so confident doing it definitely wins hands down.

As for Elton John, I can only recall one song that didn’t send vomitous signals to my stomach. He comes on the radio, I press a dial.

And Robin, I hate to say it, but Phil Collins annoys me these days. I like his earlier work, but nowadays, he too makes me want to switch channels.

And Kimo, look around to see who’s the lame one, would ya? I notice that you don’t have a blog to express your personal feelings or opinions. Perhaps you should so that we can ignore your views. Seriously, blog etiquette indicates that no one is FORCING you to be here, insulting one highly likable gal. Next time, please state your opinion without belittling the host. You may come off looking a little nicer… but I seriously doubt it.

November 30th, 2006
2:20 am

My guess is that all who hate Elton John have only heard the radio stuff. Not the albums. The lyrics and music he made in the 70′s is so much better then anything you will find today. He doesn’t sing lyrics like I love you in 1000 different ways. He has songs about so many different subjects. Interesting characters in the music. Buy Yellow Brick road and then say you hate Elton.

December 8th, 2006
2:26 pm

This vote is Billy Joel biased, as I’m sure many found this site by searching “Billy Joel” on This is one of the first listed search results.

Oh, and I vote Billy Joel.

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