Billy Idol – Kings and Queens of the Underground

Billy Idol - KAQOTUIf you grew up in the 80’s and didn’t live under a rock in the middle of the rain forest, Billy Idol was a part of your life somehow, like him or not. Because back then, Idol was all over both radio and MTV with hit singles like “White Wedding”, “Mony Mony”, “Hot In The City”, “Rebel Yell”, “Flesh For Fantasy”, “Dancing With Myself” and “Eyes Without A Face” and looking back, if there was one rock guy that was the face of the 80’s, it must have been Billy Idol. Born William Michael Albert Broad in 1955, his first professional band was punk rockers Generation X (which also featured Tony James who formed sci-fi synth punks Sigue Sigue Sputnik in the 80’s), but left in the early 80’s to pursue a solo career. His three first albums, Billy Idol (1982), Rebel Yell (1983) and Whiplash Smile (1986) sold shitloads of copies, but Idol went on a four-year hiatus before releasing his come back album Charmed Life (1990) that sold millions because of the smash hit “Cradle Of Love”. But after that album, things became quiet around Idol and the follow up, 1993’s Cyberpunk bombed completely. It would take Billy Idol no less than 12 years to realse another album, Devil’s Playground (2005) and Happy Holidays (a useless Christmas album…) (2006), but none of the albums put Idol back on his pop-punk-rock throne and except for a couple of live performances and the reunion with guitarist Steve Stevens – who had been working with both Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) and Mike Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) since his split from Idol in 1986 – and a part in the Adam Sandler movie “The Wedding Singer”, not much was heard from the old hell raiser. It must be stated that Stevens was back with Idol already in 2001, but it didn’t exactly help the sales much.

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