As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to or 33⅓ or 45!
“Tell Her About It” was Billy Joel’s second number one hit in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the Piano Man was particularly proud of it. In fact, Billy once famously lamented that “Tell Her About It” sounded more like Tony Orlando & Dawn than the Motown sound he was actually attempting to emulate. He may be right (and I may be crazy), but I’ve always loved the song. In fact, I love the entire An Innocent Man album– there may not be an original song idea on it, but just try not to sing along to “Uptown Girl.” You can’t, can you?
The U.K. 12″ for “Tell Her About It” included a special extended remix from John “Jellybean” Benitez, but the real gem is a live cover of Sam & Dave’s “You Got Me Hummin'” that remains unavailable on any other release (at least to my knowledge). The label indicates that the version of “Easy Money” on the 12″ is also a “special” version, but it sounds just like the album version to my ears. “Easy Money” also appeared on the soundtrack of the Rodney Dangerfield movie of the same name, and Rodney himself even made a guest appearance at the end of the “Tell Her About It” video. His cameo made perfect sense, since both Rodney and the song don’t seem to get no respect.
Billy Joel: Tell Her About It [U.K. 12″]
Columbia Records, 1983
1. “Tell Her About It” [Special Version Remixed By John “Jellybean” Benitez] (Billy Joel)
2. “Easy Money” [Special Version] (Billy Joel)
3. “You Got Me Hummin'” [Live] (Isaac Hayes/David Porter)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Billy Joel: “Tell Her About It” (Billy Joel)
Billy Joel: “Uptown Girl” (Billy Joel)
Both taken from the album An Innocent Man
Columbia Records, 1983
Sam & Dave: “You Got Me Hummin'” (Isaac Hayes/David Porter)
From the album Double Dynamite
Stax Records, 1966
Tony Orlando & Dawn: “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose” (Irwin Levine/L. Russell Brown)
From the album Dawn’s New Ragtime Follies
Bell Records, 1973