Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Billy Idol - Billy Idol (1982)

Billy Idol - Billy Idol - Released Year 1982

Side one
1. "Come On, Come On"   4:00
2. "White Wedding" (Part 1)   4:12
3. "Hot in the City"   3:40
4. "Dead on Arrival"   3:54
5. "Nobody's Business"   4:06

Side two
1. "Love Calling"   4:48
2. "Hole in the Wall"   4:14
3. "Shooting Stars"   4:30
4. "It's So Cruel"   5:20
5. "Congo Man" (Reprise of "Love Calling")   1:07

Total length:   39:51

1983 reissue and CD bonus track
11. "Dancing with Myself"   3:20

Total length  : 43:11

Billy Idol Band Members / Musicians
Billy Idol – vocals, guitar
Steve Stevens – guitars, keyboards, synthesizer, bass (track 6)
Phil Feit – bass (tracks 1–5, 7–10)
Steve Missal – drums (tracks 1, 4–5, 7–10)

Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals
Keith Forsey – drums (tracks 2, 3 and 6)
Ashley Otten – guitar (track 3)
Mick Smiley – bass (track 3)
Steve New − guitar (track 11)
Steve Jones − guitar (track 11)
Tony James – bass (track 11)
Terry Chimes – drums (track 11)

Keith Forsey – producer
Brian Reeves – engineer
Nigel Walker – engineer (track 11)
Steve Bates – assistant engineer
Brian Gardner – mastering
Jules Bates – photography
Perri Lister – make-up
Janet Levinson – design
Steve Stevens – arrangements
Billy Idol – arrangements

Billy Idol is the debut studio album by English rock singer Billy Idol, released on 16 July 1982 by Chrysalis Records. After the breakup of the band Generation X and the release of his first solo extended play, Don't Stop (1981), Idol began working on his debut album. Produced by Keith Forsey, Billy Idol is a rock album with strong influences of new wave music.

Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success, peaking at number forty-five on the Billboard 200. Billy Idol was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Three singles were released from the album: "Dancing with Myself" was already released in 1981 as Idol's debut single. The lead single, "Hot in the City", peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard 100. "White Wedding" was released as the album's second single. After it peaked at number three on Mainstream Rock chart in 1983, the album was reissued with an addition of the earlier single "Dancing with Myself". The song "White Wedding (Part 1)" is so-named due to the less-heard "White Wedding (Part 2)", which is a more synthesiser-based continuation of the first part. It can be heard on the 12-inch version of the single and the compilation Vital Idol (1985).

"Hot in the City" was originally recorded for Idol's debut EP Don't Stop, but his label Chrysalis considered it too good just to release as part of the EP. They felt it could be a single and decided to keep it for the album.

William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is a British-American singer, songwriter, and musician. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from the London punk rock scene as the lead singer of the group Generation X. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career which led to international recognition and made Idol a lead artist during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States. The name "Billy Idol" was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of him as "idle".

Idol began his music career in late 1976 as a guitarist in the punk rock band Chelsea. However, he soon left the group. With his former bandmate Tony James, Idol formed Generation X. With Idol as lead singer, the band achieved success in the United Kingdom and released three studio albums on Chrysalis Records, then disbanded. In 1981, Idol moved to New York City to pursue his solo career in collaboration with guitarist Steve Stevens. His debut studio album, Billy Idol (1982), was a commercial success. With music videos for singles "Dancing with Myself" and "White Wedding" Idol soon became a staple of then newly-established MTV.

Idol's second studio album, Rebel Yell (1983), was a major commercial success, featuring hit singles "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face". The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of two million copies in the US. In 1986, he released Whiplash Smile. Having accumulated three UK top 10 singles ("Rebel Yell", "White Wedding" and "Mony Mony") Idol released a 1988 greatest hits album titled Idol Songs: 11 of the Best; the album went platinum in the United Kingdom. Idol then released Charmed Life (1990) and the concept album Cyberpunk (1993).

Idol spent the second half of the 1990s focusing on his personal life out of the public eye. He made a musical comeback with the release of Devil's Playground (2005) and again with Kings & Queens of the Underground (2014).

Billy Idol Band Members / Musicians

Billy Idol – lead vocals (1981–present)

Steve Stevens – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1981–1987, 1993, 1995, 1999–present)

Stephen McGrath – bass, backing vocals (2001–present)

Billy Morrison – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (2010–present)

Erik Eldenius – drums (2012–present)

Paul Trudeau – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)

Phil Feit – bass (1981–1983)

Steve Missal – drums (1981–1982)

Gregg Gerson – drums (1982–1983)

Judi Dozier – keyboards (1982–1985)

Steve Webster – bass (1983–1985)

Thommy Price – drums (1983–1987)

Kenny Aaronson – bass (1986–1987)

Susie Davis – keyboards, backing vocals (1986–1987)

Mark Younger-Smith – lead and rhythm guitar (1988–1993)

Phil Soussan – bass (1988–1990)

Larry Seymour – bass (1990–1996)

Tal Bergman – drums (1990–1993)

Bonnie Hayes – keyboards, backing vocals (1990–1991)

Jennifer Blakeman – keyboards (1993)

Julie Greaux – keyboards (1993)

Danny Sadownik – drums (1993)

Mark Schulman – drums (1993–2001)

Sasha Krivtsov – bass (2000)

Brian Tichy – drums (2001–2009)

Jeremy Colson – drums (2010–2012)

Derek Sherinian – keyboards (2002–2014)

Billy Idol Discography Full
1982 Billy Idol
1983 Rebel Yell
1986 Whiplash Smile
1990 Charmed Life
1993 Cyberpunk
2005 Devil's Playground
2006 Happy Holidays
2014 Kings & Queens of the Underground

Extended plays
1981 Don't Stop
1982 White Wedding
2021 The Roadside
2022 The Cage

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