Billy Joel recently released a new animated video for “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” a song from his 1977 album The Stranger, on his YouTube channel.
The clips shows Brenda and Eddie, the two main characters of the song, meeting at an Italian restaurant after a long gap and reminiscing about their lives, including their ill-fated marriage and subsequent divorce.
The video, created by Lightborne Communications, begins comic book-style via the pages of a menu on the table of the restaurant, named Cacciatore’s. The menu’s cover is decorated with a mask and a pair of boxing gloves, the motifs of The Stranger‘s artwork. Joel appears in a few framed photos on the wall of the restaurant.
The visual also features scenes of people outside a bar called “Zanzibar,” the name of a song by Joel. The walls of Brenda and Eddie’s apartment are decorated with framed covers of the legend’s 1970s albums.
There are scenes of Joel performing live in various eras. One of the shots show posters advertising a concert at the “Coliseum,” a reference to his hometown venue Nassau Coliseum.
A nine-LP box set Billy Joel – The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1, due out on November 5, includes The Stranger.
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