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    Default Re: Billy Joel Quote RE: We Are The World

    ^ Because he was asked?

    He won't have been doing an interview about his new album and said, "And by the way, I never liked that We Are The World song".

    ANyway, Marni F is right. It wasn't about the song, it was the coming together. Just like Do They Know It's Christmas. It's hardly the best song ever.

    Also, if it's true what you said about Prince then he's in the wrong. How many other people would have bought it if Prince would have been on it?

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    Default Re: Billy Joel Quote RE: We Are The World

    Probably not many more. It already had a who's who of recording artists of the day.

    Billy could have just said something nice about the song or whatever. It was uncalled for to talk low of a song meant to raise money to help end starvation and show's a lack of class on his part. I like Billy Joel, but that was a stupid comment, in my view. I doubt he could have written an entire song that good in a few hours, with that kind of pressure. Stevie Wonder was originally supposed to write it, but he was taking too long, so Quincy Jones went to Michael and Lionel and asked them to do it.

    Lionel came up with like 4 bars and from there, Michael wrote the entire thing in one sitting.
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    Default Re: Billy Joel Quote RE: We Are The World

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony R View Post
    Okay, I'll accept that. I just wanted to point out that it if a person doesn't like MJ or an MJ song it doesn't make them a 'hater'.
    I do agree with that too. I like Billy Joel, but I would also question why he didn't like the song that have been so successful in achieving its purpose. I like the song much more that 'Do they know it's christmas', which I always thought was innappropriate as not everyone celebrates christmas. Yet I do not hear anyone criticising that song. It is possible that BJ was following the trend of knocking MJ while he was down, like so many other stars did, but his remarks about the song did not directly attack MJ so I don't feel offended by it, but there might be some truth in what Max says too.
    Mr Jackson was very strong and powerful, and he was scary in a way, but not without a sense of humour, although it was clear that all the children had a huge amount of respect for their dad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabestartinsomthin21 View Post
    Yeah, but what's the point 20 years later? If he really thought it was such a bad song, he didn't have to appeare on it. Prince didn't, even though he was asked. Although he tried later to add a guitar solo I heard.
    No he didn't, but he still did, because it wasn't about the song, it was about the reason behind it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony R View Post
    ^ Because he was asked?

    He won't have been doing an interview about his new album and said, "And by the way, I never liked that We Are The World song".

    ANyway, Marni F is right. It wasn't about the song, it was the coming together. Just like Do They Know It's Christmas. It's hardly the best song ever.

    Also, if it's true what you said about Prince then he's in the wrong. How many other people would have bought it if Prince would have been on it?
    Prince was asked and he just didn't show up. Apparently he asked if he could lay down a guitar solo afterwards, but it was too late and instead, he donated a song to the album.

    Quote Originally Posted by wannabestartinsomthin21 View Post
    Probably not many more. It already had a who's who of recording artists of the day.

    Billy could have just said something nice about the song or whatever. It was uncalled for to talk low of a song meant to raise money to help end starvation and show's a lack of class on his part. I like Billy Joel, but that was a stupid comment, in my view. I doubt he could have written an entire song that good in a few hours, with that kind of pressure. Stevie Wonder was originally supposed to write it, but he was taking too long, so Quincy Jones went to Michael and Lionel and asked them to do it.

    Lionel came up with like 4 bars and from there, Michael wrote the entire thing in one sitting.
    I agree it was an unnecessary comment. But he still participated in what would become a massive joint effort to relieve hunger in Africa and that's what it was all about.

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    Yeah, but he acts like he wasn't exactly thrilled with participating. He just sounds bitter with that comment, for whatever reason. And if it's true that he and Cindy Lauper were making fun of the song while actually there to record it, then again, that shows a lack of class. You didn't see Stevie Wonder saying anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabestartinsomthin21 View Post
    Yeah, but he acts like he wasn't exactly thrilled with participating. He just sounds bitter with that comment, for whatever reason. And if it's true that he and Cindy Lauper were making fun of the song while actually there to record it, then again, that shows a lack of class. You didn't see Stevie Wonder saying anything.
    I don't think he meant it like that. If he really didn't want to do it or was making fun of it, I am sure he would not have shown up. It was about saving people's lives... I don't know, maybe I just don't really mind, because he was one of the group that helped raise over $60 million and I just can't see that as a bad thing no matter what he says about the musicality of the song.

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    Default Re: Billy Joel Quote RE: We Are The World

    Well the purpose of this song is for charity, "USA for Africa"....so...yea.
    I dont like to listen to it, but I think "We are the world" is beautiful, The lyrics, and what it was meant for.
    Its great he did it, but really, if billy joel had nothing good 2 say, he should have just shut it. same goes 4 cyndi lauper. Quincy, michael, lionel etc. worked hard for it to help save lives...


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    Quote Originally Posted by shipoffools View Post
    I'm really surprised you haven't heard of him.

    Anyway, he's a pop artist from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He was mostly popular for hits like Piano Man, Just The Way You Are, Moving Out (Anthony's Song), My Life, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me, You May Be Right, Allentown, Pressure, Uptown Girl, We Didn't Start The Fire, and The River Of Dreams.
    oh, lol!:P yea Ive heard of him, but I thought he was apart of some boyband..
    Anyhow, I think Billy joel and cyndi lauper combined is still less than half of MJ.
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    im sure he didnt mind all the free publicity and extra sales it gave him being on the record.and ive heard him talk crap about mj a few times over the years so who cares

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    I own the 20th Anniversery DVD and Billy Joel seemed to be in good enough spirits during the recording and seemed to genuinely be glad to be there that night. He ended up getting Ray Charles to lend vocals on a duet they did (Baby Grand) a short time after the recording session as a result of that night. I know he was grateful for that chance since Ray Charles was one of his idols. Joel was one of the solo vocalists chosen for the verses and this group of singers had to stay the longest period which went well into the early morning hours. (Cyndi Lauper was in this group as well) He was there probably for 10 or 12 hours staying up all night to lend his vocals and if he didn't love the song it is not of any great consequence in my mind. Quincy Jones told everyone to "check their egos at the door" that night, but it's not shocking that there was criticism of the song among many elite artists. Waylon Jennings walked out of the studio in protest of some of the lyrics so you'll have that. On one part of the video Lionel Ritchie is making up the lyrics on the spot with Michael and Stevie Wonder with Greg Phillinganes playing piano as they were trying to complete lyrics. Amazing night with so many legends taking part. I personally love the song melody and the lyrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlon View Post
    I own the 20th Anniversery DVD and Billy Joel seemed to be in good enough spirits during the recording and seemed to genuinely be glad to be there that night. He ended up getting Ray Charles to lend vocals on a duet they did (Baby Grand) a short time after the recording session as a result of that night. I know he was grateful for that chance since Ray Charles was one of his idols. Joel was one of the solo vocalists chosen for the verses and this group of singers had to stay the longest period which went well into the early morning hours. (Cyndi Lauper was in this group as well) He was there probably for 10 or 12 hours staying up all night to lend his vocals and if he didn't love the song it is not of any great consequence in my mind. Quincy Jones told everyone to "check their egos at the door" that night, but it's not shocking that there was criticism of the song among many elite artists. Waylon Jennings walked out of the studio in protest of some of the lyrics so you'll have that. On one part of the video Lionel Ritchie is making up the lyrics on the spot with Michael and Stevie Wonder with Greg Phillinganes playing piano as they were trying to complete lyrics. Amazing night with so many legends taking part. I personally love the song melody and the lyrics.
    Glad to hear from you. Yes, the song is loved by people all over the world. Many children sing it in school assemblies.
    The only thing I don't like about the song is the line which said, god turned stone into bread., But I recon it may have happened and I don't know about it, or that the singers don't know their bible.
    Mr Jackson was very strong and powerful, and he was scary in a way, but not without a sense of humour, although it was clear that all the children had a huge amount of respect for their dad.
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    Default Re: Billy Joel Quote RE: We Are The World

    Well, they totally changed the lyrics from what Michael had originally penned.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony R View Post
    My God. Are you serious? This has to be the most ridiculous comment ever. Someone dares say they didn't really like a Michael Jackson penned song, so you condemn and criticize his personal issues.

    Not to mention making it into a race issue. How crazy. I can't stand Snoop Dogg - does that equate me to a member of the KKK.

    Get real and read this. People are allowed to like or not like an MJ record. In fact people are allowed not to like the man himself. It's their bloody opinion, that's all. You cannot personally attack them for it. They are not 'haters'.
    i truly feel that with 3 Black Men writing and Producing a Historical track that Race did get to some and it ain't that strange because believe me Billy Joel has done a whole lot of worse tracks but he grinned and beared. it doesn't matter to me if he likes MJ or not,but the way he worded things and also lets not forget he is a very corperate cat his ownself so who is he to talk? i mean "Uptown Girl" sounded like a commerical ad it's ownself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistermaxxx View Post
    i truly feel that with 3 Black Men writing and Producing a Historical track that Race did get to some and it ain't that strange because believe me Billy Joel has done a whole lot of worse tracks but he grinned and beared. it doesn't matter to me if he likes MJ or not,but the way he worded things and also lets not forget he is a very corperate cat his ownself so who is he to talk? i mean "Uptown Girl" sounded like a commerical ad it's ownself.
    lol....ur right about uptown girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datsymay View Post
    I do agree with that too. I like Billy Joel, but I would also question why he didn't like the song that have been so successful in achieving its purpose. I like the song much more that 'Do they know it's christmas', which I always thought was inappropriate as not everyone celebrates christmas. Yet I do not hear anyone criticising that song.
    It has been criticized, including by some people singing on it, particularly the line "Thank God it's them instead of you". Anyway the purpose of the song and liking it musically are 2 different things. Billy Joel has said he doesn't like some of his own songs. I've read comments by lots of artists that said they don't like certain songs of theirs that became hits and dislike performing them. It's unlikely that singers/bands have liked every single thing they've recorded or released.

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    Default Re: Billy Joel Quote RE: We Are The World

    'we are the world' was masterfully arranged. bringing such a diverse group of singers together in harmony. an everlasting message that was simple, universal, and constructive. i'm so proud that Michael was at the forefront of all of that! one of the most important moments that shaped his legacy

    I can't imagine why this would be offensive to some. did that singer mention why he walked out?

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