I must admit to having mixed feelings about Billy Joel. On the one hand, I really enjoy his rocking music (far more so than his syrupy ballads) and indeed, my most recent earworm was Big Shot.
Which leads to why I find him less than desirable as a person. You see, he has an annoying habit of acting exactly like what he accused then-wife Christie Brinkley of being in the above song (and yes, it was aimed at her): a big shot / superstar who treated all around him like shit.
The brutal, uncaring and hurtful way he fired his brilliant drummer Lib DeVitto (after 30 years together!) seems to just about sum Joel up — a stark contrast to his nice-guy image. (And if you haven’t seen the music video linked at the top, Lib just about steals the show with his background antics.)
So once again, we’re faced with a common showbiz issue: brilliant entertainer for the public, horrible fuckup as a human being.