Glass Houses

Glass Houses

In 1980, Billy Joel recorded his answer to punk and New Wave. He opens with the sound of a rock smashing a window, then “You May Be Right” swaggers in with a curled-lip vocal and guitars that chug and chime. He crosses ’50s rock moves (sassy handclaps, squawking sax) with late-’70s chunka-chunka guitars on “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and still manages to make hearts swoon with the breezy, McCartney-esque sweetness of “Don’t Ask Me Why.”

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