Artist: Billy Idol
Title: “The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself”
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 6/24/2008
Genre: New Wave/Punk Rock
Yes I like Billy Idol, and now that I have said that I definitely feel no less the rocker for the admission and this is mainly because the singer was always able to appeal to a wide scope of listeners no matter what their favorite genre of choice might have been. Idol’s climb up the musical ladder of success began when he was the singer for a UK Punk band called Generation X and it was with songs like “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Ready Steady Go” that they made a bit of a name for themselves in a growing scene. As a matter of fact when Idol decided it was time that he move on from the band he brought one of their singles with him. While it was a popular song for the band it failed to make them a household name and was thus deemed a failure. Idol would alter it slightly and give it a tad more of a commercially acceptable feel and after the re-working the song would become his signature track and since that time “Dancing With Myself” has become one of the most revered tunes in his catalog. “White Wedding” was another track that killed when you first heard it and it came up during the growing stages of MTV; one could actually find the video clip for the tune locked into an almost hourly rotation on the network back in the day. It was promotional tools like this that found Idol’s rise to solo superstardom easier than many others who would try but it was not only in the appeal of his clips and how often they played but in the strength of his material. Musically there was a solid beat but often heavy rock guitar work and sex soaked lyrical content for the most part that made him seem the ultimate bad boy rocker. Billy Idol was known for being brash and rude but the women all loved him and the guys wanted to pal around with him and his entourage. “The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself” is a fantastic collection of the singers body of work and covers the span of all of his releases (from the “Don’t Stop” EP (1981) through “Devil’s Playground” (2005). Many of these hits also feature the talented Steve Stephens who was Idol’s guitarist for most of his albums.
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