‘I Go To Extremes’ by Billy Joel – Classic Hit or Miss
“I Go to Extremes” is the fourth track on Billy Joel’s 1989 album, Storm Front. It was released as the second single from the album in 1990. It peaked at the number six position on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #70 on the UK chart. The song was also a top ten hit on both the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was also a top 40 hit in Germany, peaking at #36 on the German charts.
At one point considered a song about a manic-depressive, the song was originally written as an apology to Joel’s wife at the time, Christie Brinkley. The B-side to the single was another song that appeared on the same album, “When in Rome”. The music video consists of Joel and his backing band playing the song in a room. The song received a mostly positive response, and a live version appears on the album 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert. During live performances, Joel would often jokingly change the lyrics to the chorus, as well as to various lines in the song.
It was a hit back in 1989 – how about today?