LUMPENPROLETARIAT—Don’t wish it away. Don’t look at it like it’s forever. Between me and you, I could honestly say that things could only get better…
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” (1983)  by Elton John
 GONZO: I remember when this song first came out. It was on MTV all the time, and on the radio. It was everywhere. I can’t say I was a big fan of Elton John. But I can’t say I would change the station, or turn this song off, when it came on. As a kid, I didn’t really understand Elton John. He kind of reminded me of Liberace, or Little Richard, who seemed absolutely brilliant, but absolutely certifiable. But Elton John was quite soulful on this track. And when that feeling hit you, you wanted to sing along. All you needed was a bit of courage.
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” is taken from Too Low for Zero. Too Low for Zero, released in 1983, is the seventeenth official album release for Elton John. It is his best selling album of the 1980s, earning Platinum certification by the RIAA. It produced several huge international singles, each accompanied by successful MTV music videos, and it spent over a year on the Billboard album chart.
[Image of Too Low for Zero album cover by source, used via fair use.]
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