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Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire (1989)

A music video for the single was directed by Chris Blum. The singer acts as an unseen but omnipresent observer. During each chorus, Joel wearing sunglasses (similar to Roy Orbison's) ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Joel ... Billy Joel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melody Knighton Melody Knighton
Marlee Matlin
Lupe McDonald Lupe McDonald
Susan McNabb Susan McNabb
Barbara Paolella Barbara Paolella
Frankie Thorn
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A music video for the single was directed by Chris Blum. The singer acts as an unseen but omnipresent observer. During each chorus, Joel wearing sunglasses (similar to Roy Orbison's) rhythmically beats on a black table; in the background, famous photographs (of Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination and Nguyen Van Lém's execution, among others) are consumed by fire, a metaphor of the song's theme and title. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1989 (USA) See more »

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Numerous parodies and takeoffs have been based on the song, including The Simpsons' parody "They'll Never Stop the Simpsons" at the end of the 2002 "Gump Roast". See more »

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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire is pretty entertaining as a music video
25 April 2017 | by tavmSee all my reviews

As we hear Billy Joel mention the events of the '50s through the late '80s, we see him standing by while an American family goes through various events of their own during the same time period. Actress Marlee Matlin plays a woman in the '60s part doing stuff like burning her bra. Scenes go by so fast, one doesn't have time to really tell what's going on so one would have to watch more than once to get it. I myself had just watched it on YouTube for my first time so I'll probably do that...Still I say Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire video is worth a look.


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