Storm Front (album)

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Storm Front
BillyJoel StormFront.jpg
Studio album by Billy Joel
Released October 17, 1989
Recorded The Hit Factory Times Square Studio, New York, New York
Right Track Recording, New York, New York
The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Power Station, New York, New York, spring/summer, 1988-1989
Genre Rock
Length 44:34
Label Columbia
Producer Billy Joel, Mick Jones
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 2/5 stars [1]
Deseret News (Positive)[2]
The Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars[3]
The New York Times (Positive)[4]
People (Not favorable)[5]
Robert Christgau B [6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [7]

Storm Front is the 11th studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 17, 1989. It features one of Joel's three No. 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 No. 6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (No. 37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa" (No. 57), and "That's Not Her Style" (No. 77). The cover depicts the maritime storm warning flag indicating wind forces 10-12, the highest intensity on the Beaufort scale.

Track listing[edit]

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[edit]


  • 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[edit]

Storm Front marked a radical change in Joel's backing 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.

Additional personnel[edit]


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/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

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Gold 25,000*
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

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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