The video was directed by Paula Greif, whose credits include "How Soon Is Now?
" for The Smiths and "Notorious
" for Duran Duran. When Billy Joel was recording the song, he pounded the keys so hard that he broke some strings (Joel often treated his pianos like Mike Tyson treated his opponents). When Greif heard this story, she made sure to shoot scenes of Joel frantically playing the instrument, even with his feet.
As for Greif, she stopped making videos a few years later and became an artist specializing in ceramics.