Image Credit: Chris Haston/NBC; Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosBilly Joel will be offering several of his hit songs as downloadable content on the upcoming Rock Band 3. He is doing this for one reason, and one reason only: to rub his awesomeness in my fat face. In an interview with USA Today, Joel explains that he had never allowed his music to appear in videogames … until a certain recap of The Office changed his mind. In the episode, Jim and Pam mentioned owning the (fictional) game, Rock Band: Billy Joel. According to Joel, “the critic wrote something like, ‘God forbid that ever should happen.’ So I called my people and said, ‘Get me (on) that Rock Band game.’ Then I wrote the critic, saying that every time I get a check, I’ll give him a little nod.“
There are two important pieces of information to take away from this interview:
1) Billy Joel reads Office recaps.
2) Billy Joel is lying, because he never wrote me anything.
PopWatchers, I have never received any mail, email, or text messages from Mr. Joel. He has not posted on my Facebook wall. He has not @ed me on Twitter. I’m pretty sure I’d remember if one of the most successful musicians of the era wrote me a spiteful note, although I will admit the possibility that his email ended up in my spam folder (which happens all the time when Billy Idol emails me stock tips). Therefore, I have no choice but to declare Shenanigans. Shenanigans!
I couldn’t, however, be happier to have indirectly inspired Billy Joel to embrace a new frontier of musicality. Some of the most important events in human history have occurred purely out of spite. The pilgrims colonized Plymouth Rock because they hated the Church of England. Neil Armstrong colonized space because he hated gravity. I’m absolutely tickled to hear that he will think of me every time his Rock Band 3 royalty check arrives.
PopWatchers, do you think Billy Joel actually watched The Office, or did he stop watching years ago and now he just reads the recaps? How much cash do you think he will net off the Rock Band 3 deal? Should I sue him, Winklevoss-style, for reverse-stealing my non-idea?