First Hit #1: July 19, 1980
Billy Joel isn’t cool. That’s more his own contention than mine, since It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me is a song about the futility of being cool. It’s a song that is outwardly dismissive of trends and changing tastes while unconsciously being influenced by them. There is a touch of new wave in a song that has a line that is explicitly dismissing new wave, and that’s the funny thing about it. It’s outwardly dismissive about trying to be cool, but it was still a popular song sung by a bestselling artist that was, musically, completely on trend with the time.
But maybe that’s the point. Trend hopping is pointless, it doesn’t work and wastes your money. But just following your muse and making some pop music you believe in, that can sometimes be on trend and be successful. The coolest people are the ones who aren’t trying, but the ones that just follow what they like and act accordingly. Sometimes they’re also the people who are decidedly uncool, but the point is, given that trend hopping is futile, why not just go with what you know and ignore the static?
Maybe Billy Joel is cool after all.