I hadn’t heard Billy Joel’s “Pressure” in a long time: it hit #20 in 1982, but it doesn’t seem to have entered Joel’s canon of hits. So thank you, Sirius-XM ’80s channel. I thoroughly enjoyed the song this time around, even the throbbing synth sound (which sounds more dated than Joel’s ’50s pastiches on An Innocent Man) and the overwrought vocal delivery. But it has what might be his all-time goofiest lyric:
You turned the tapdance into your crusade.
Most Billy Joel lyrics, I either understand what he means, can guess what he was trying for, or can make something up. But this just baffles me, unless it’s taken literally and is supposed to be a tribute to Mr. Bojangles.
(Also: the video, which seemed spooky and portentous when I was fourteen, is now pants-wettingly funny. Plus Joel shaves four years off his age in the game-show segment, presenting himself as 29 when he was 33!)