The songs on The Nylon Curtain
ranged from sociopolitical ("Allentown," "Goodnight Saigon
") to philosophical ("Scandinavian Skies
," "Where's The Orchestra?"), which were not the hallmarks for a hit, according to Joel's record label, which thought the album was "too strange and impressionistic" to be commercially successful.
While it wasn't his biggest moneymaker, the album earned a double-Platinum certification by the RIAA for 2 million copies sold.