It's Still Rotten Joel to Me

Hall of Fame's recent induction of Billy Joel makes a bad idea seem that much worse

9. Joel's mimicry streak reaches its zenith with "Baby Grand," a duet he ca-Joels Ray Charles into joining. With the Genius of Soul on hand, Joel can't help but imitate Brother Ray himself. Sorta like when John Belushi tried to out-Cocker Joe Cocker while the Sheffield shouter was standing next to him. At least Joel doesn't spill Diet Pepsi all over himself.

10. Even at the height of "tribute album fever," no Billy Joel collection ever emerged. Why? Because the only person who'll even stand up and say Joel was a big influence is Garth Brooks, whose next installment of fantasy camp after trying out for the major leagues is appearing onstage with makeup at a Kiss concert. Such is Joel's remote connection to rock. Still, Brooks did jump-start the country music industry, and, for inspiring him, maybe they should put Billy Joel in the Country Hall of Fame. Right next to Barbara Mandrell's smacked-up car.

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