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Storm Front (album)


Storm Front (album)

Storm Front
Studio album by Billy Joel
Released October 17, 1989
Recorded The Hit Factory Times Square Studio, New York, NY
Right Track Recording, New York, NY
The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Power Station, New York, NY Spring-Summer, 1988-1989
Genre Rock
Length 44:34
Label Columbia
Producer Mick Jones, Billy Joel
Billy Joel chronology
Storm Front
River of Dreams
Singles from Storm Front
  1. "We Didn't Start the Fire"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Leningrad"
    Released: 1989
  3. "I Go to Extremes"
    Released: 1989
  4. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'"
    Released: April 1990
  5. "That's Not Her Style"
    Released: July 1990
  6. "And So It Goes"
    Released: October 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Deseret News (Positive)[2]
The Los Angeles Times [3]
The New York Times (Positive)[4]
People (Not favorable)[5]
Robert Christgau B [6]
Rolling Stone [7]

Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 17, 1989. It features one of Joel's three #1 hits, "We Didn't Start the Fire", a fast-paced song that cataloged a list of historical events, trends, and cultural icons from after World War II (when Joel was born) until 1989, and "Leningrad", a story-song about a friendship between an American and a Russian during the final years of the Cold War.

"I Go to Extremes", a song describing the ups and downs of his emotional life, placed at #6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (#37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" (#57), and "That's Not Her Style" (#77). The cover depicts a storm warning flag.


  • Track listing 1
  • Cover versions 2
  • Production 3
  • Band personnel 4
    • Additional personnel 4.1
  • Accolades 5
    • Grammy Awards 5.1
  • Charts 6
    • Peak positions 6.1
    • Year-end charts 6.2
    • Certifications and sales 6.3
  • References 7

Track listing

All songs written by Billy Joel.

Side One

  1. "That's Not Her Style" – 5:10
  2. "We Didn't Start the Fire" – 4:50
  3. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" – 3:44
  4. "I Go to Extremes" – 4:23
  5. "Shameless" – 4:26

Side Two

  1. "Storm Front" – 5:17
  2. "Leningrad" – 4:06
  3. "State of Grace" – 4:30
  4. "When in Rome" – 4:44
  5. "And So It Goes" – 3:38

Cover versions


  • Produced by Billy Joel and Mick Jones
  • Mixed by Tom Lord-Alge and Jay Healy
  • Engineered by Dana Becker, Tim Crich, Jay Healy, Suzanne Hollander, Joe Pirrera and Gary Solomon
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen

Band personnel

Storm Front marked a radical change in Joel's support band. Since his last studio album (The Bridge), both Russell Javors and Doug Stegmeyer, long-time members of Joel's band, were discharged from their respective duties as rhythm guitarist and bass guitarist. Javors was replaced with Joey Hunting for the record and by Tommy Byrnes on tour while Stegmeyer was replaced by Schuyler Deale. Band regulars Liberty DeVitto, David Brown and Mark Rivera were retained. Joel also hired the percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Crystal Taliefero beginning with this album.

  • Hammond organ, harpsichord, synthesizers, percussion
  • Liberty DeVitto: drums, percussion
  • David Brown: lead guitar, Midi guitar solo on Storm Front
  • Joey Hunting: rhythm guitar
  • Crystal Taliefero: percussion
  • Schuyler Deale: bass guitar
  • Jeff Jacobs: synthesizers, horn arrangements

Additional personnel


Grammy Awards

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1990 "We Didn't Start the Fire" Song of the Year[8] Nominated
Record of the Year[8] Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[8] Nominated
1991 Storm Front Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[9] Nominated
Storm Front (produced by Billy Joel and Mick Jones) Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)[10] Nominated


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[30] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[33] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[34] Platinum 110,000[35][36]
Netherlands (NVPI)[37] Gold 50,000[38]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[39] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
Girl You Know It's True by Milli Vanilli
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 16–22, 1989
Succeeded by
Girl You Know It's True by Milli Vanilli
Preceded by
Warragul by John Williamson
ARIA Charts number-one album
November 6, 1989 – November 19, 1989
Succeeded by
Heart of Stone
by Cher


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  3. ^ Boehm, Mike (1989-12-03). """Imitative Billy Joel Still Seeking Respectability : BILLY JOEL "Storm Front.. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
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  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. Consumer Guide Reviews: Billy Joel. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  7. ^ John McAlley (1989-11-30). by Billy Joel"Storm Front"Music Reviews : .  
  8. ^ a b c "Here's list of nominees from all 77 categories".  
  9. ^ Cromelin, Richard / Hunt Dennis (1991-01-11). "Grammys--Round 1 : Pop music: Phil Collins' 8 nominations lead the pack and Quincy Jones sets a record with his 74th nod. The winners will be revealed on Feb. 20.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  10. ^ Cromelin, Richard / Hunt Dennis (1991-01-11). "Grammys--Round 1 : Pop music: Phil Collins' 8 nominations lead the pack and Quincy Jones sets a record with his 74th nod. The winners will be revealed on Feb. 20.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
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  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Billy Joel – Storm Front".  
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Billy Joel; 'Storm Front')" (in German).  
  34. ^ "STORM FRONT"Japanese album certifications – ビリー・ジョエル – (in Japanese).  
  35. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005.  
  36. ^ a-ビリー・ジョエル "Yamachan Land (Japanese Chart Archives) - Albums Chart Daijiten - Billy Joel" (in Japanese).  
  37. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Billy Joel – Storm Front" (in Dutch).  
  38. ^ NVPI "de branchevereniging van de entertainmentindustrie" . Retrieved 2011-08-17. Note: User needs to enter "Billy Joel" in the "Artiest" field and click below "zoek" button.
  40. ^ "British album certifications – Billy Joel – Storm Front".   Enter Storm Front in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  41. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Joel – Storm Front".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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