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Billy Idol

Billy Idol in October 2003
Background information
Birth name William Michael Albert Broad
Also known as Billy Idol
Born 30 November 1955 (1955-11-30) (age 54)
Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK
Genres Hard rock, punk rock, post-punk, New Wave
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1975–present
Labels Chrysalis, EMI, Sanctuary
Associated acts Generation X
Website BillyIdol.net
.William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), better known by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English rock musician.^ Billy Idol is a good musician.

^ Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad on November 30, 1955 in Middlesex, England) is a British-born hard rock musician.
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^ Alternative Names: billie idol .
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.He first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X.^ Billy Idol began his rock career following the Sex Pistols and fronting the British punk band Generation X. .
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^ The band was often considered to be the more 'commercial' of their peers, and this opinion was borne out when Generation X were the first punk band to play on BBC's "Top of the Pops".
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^ Kind of sounds like alot of the punk pop rock bands now but is beefed up musically and has more attitude.
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.He then embarked on a successful solo career, aided by a series of stylish music videos, making him one of the first MTV stars.^ That doesn’t make him an expert in music.
  • 'American Idol' without Simon Cowell: Three reasons I'm optimistic about the show's future! | EW.com 10 February 2010 12:17 UTC popwatch.ew.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Results: David Archuleta comes out first, and I wish they would stop making him talk.
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^ She's got plenty of experience under her belt: She recorded an album with Geffen Records and starred in a True Life episode on MTV about her attempts to make it in the industry, among other things.
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.Idol continues to tour with guitarist Steve Stevens and has a worldwide fan base.^ Billy Idol/Steve Stevens, 1983 .
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^ Billy Idol and Steve Stevens still got it .
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^ Billy Idol/Steve Stevens, 1986 .
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Contents

Biography

Early life and career

.Idol was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, the son of a salesman.^ Idol was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, the son of a salesman.
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^ Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad on November 30, 1955 in Middlesex, England) is a British-born hard rock musician.
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[1] He attended Tideway School in Newhaven, Sussex. .The name Billy Idol was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of Broad as "idle".[2] His family emigrated to the United States in 1958, but returned to the U.K. in 1962,[1] settling in Bromley, Kent.^ The name Billy Idol was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of Broad as "idle".
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^ His family emigrated to the United States in 1958, but returned to the U.K. in 1962.
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^ Alternative Names: billie idol .
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.In October 1975, Idol went to Sussex University to do an English degree and lived on campus (East Slope) but left after year one (1976).^ Stevens' hooks are more memorable than the iconic ones Billy Idol threw with his left hand in video after video.

.He then went on to join the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans.^ Idol was at Sussex University when punk rock was emerging in Britain and he joined the Sex Pistols fan club.
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.Idol first joined the punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees (before the band had decided on that name) in 1976, but soon quit and joined Chelsea in 1977 as a guitarist.^ Billy Idol began his rock career following the Sex Pistols and fronting the British punk band Generation X. .
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^ It wasn't long before Broad realized that he too could be the frontman of a punk band, and assumed the name Billy Idol...
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^ It was an amp that I had years before joining up with Billy Idol.

.However, he and Chelsea bandmate Tony James soon quit that group and co-founded Generation X, with Idol switching from guitarist to lead singer.^ Billy Idol/Tony James, 1980 .
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^ It was more like Tony James of Generation X who wanted to work with him.
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.Generation X signed to Chrysalis Records and released three albums and performed in the 1980 film, D.O.A., before disbanding.^ Her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream broke YouTube records and her album despite being released at the end of November 2009 was the second most best-selling album of 2009.
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Idol moved to New York in 1981 and began working as a solo artist working with Steve Stevens, Phil Feit and Steve Missal, for Billy's debut solo album titled "Billy Idol" that was released in July 1982. He instantly became an MTV staple with "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself". The latter had originally been recorded with Generation X.
.In 1983, in an effort to introduce Idol to American audiences not yet as familiar with him as those in England, Idol's label released "Dancing With Myself" in the U.S. in conjunction with a music video (directed by Tobe Hooper, produced by Jeffrey Abelson, and conceptualised by Keith Williams) that played in heavy rotation on MTV for six months.^ American Idol was fortunate to have him.
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^ 'American Idol' results show: down to six .
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^ But you must, must watch this video from Music Idol , Bulgaria's version of the pop competition.
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That video, in fact, sparked a new era of feature film directors trying their hand at music videos. .Along with "White Wedding," the "Dancing With Myself" and "Eyes Without A Face" videos helped make Idol a household name in America.^ Idol's finest song since "Eyes Without a Face".
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^ Slickly produced songs like White Wedding , Rebel Yell , Dancing With Myself , Eyes Without a Face , Flesh for Fantasy , Come On, Come On , Hot in the City and [sigh] Mony Mony became part of the lexicon of radio pop rock.
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^ Idol moved to New York City and began working as a solo artist and began working with Steve Stevens, soon becoming MTV staples with "White Wedding" (below right) and "Dancing with Myself".
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.In the 2001 recording of VH1 Storytellers, Idol rejects the rumour that "White Wedding" was a "nasty put down" directed at his sister for thinking that getting married was the answer to getting pregnant.^ Idol appeared on VH1 Storytellers and issued a Greatest Hits CD in 2001.
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^ Idols Allen, Lambert and Iraheta get record deals (2) Mark Ramsey wrote: I think this person is the same as ...
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^ Billy Idol's 'White Wedding' and 'Rebel Yell' is still being sung by everyone and nobody has forgotten the great Billy Idol.
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.He said her wedding was simply inspiration for the song, which quickly took on its own form.^ If I don’t own the song in some form, yet I know it, it must have charted.
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.Years after the video, Idol's sister is still married with three children.^ I saw David Bowie twice last year ( who still remains my number 1 ), but Idol totally blew his show away.

^ But with massive success came its many distractions, which prevented Idol from issuing a new studio album until three years after Rebel Yell .
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^ This was Idol’s first Top 10 hit in the US and it still sounds good 23 years later.
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Steve Stevens and Billy Idol
.Idol's second LP, Rebel Yell (1983) was a major success and established Idol's superstar status in the United States with hits like "Eyes Without a Face," "Flesh For Fantasy", and the title cut.^ Idol's finest song since "Eyes Without a Face".
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^ Rebel Yell became the singer's best-selling album of his career (eventually going double platinum), spawning such big-time MTV/radio hits as the album's anthemic title track, "Eyes Without a Face," and "Flesh for Fantasy," establishing Idol as an arena headliner stateside.
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^ Slickly produced songs like White Wedding , Rebel Yell , Dancing With Myself , Eyes Without a Face , Flesh for Fantasy , Come On, Come On , Hot in the City and [sigh] Mony Mony became part of the lexicon of radio pop rock.
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Idol also became very popular in Europe thanks to this album and its singles, particularly in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and later in his native UK.
.Idol released Whiplash Smile in 1986, which sold very well.^ Idol released Whiplash Smile in 1986, which sold very well.
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^ Whiplash Smile was another sizeable hit on the strength of such hits as "To Be a Lover" and "Sweet Sixteen," but failed to live up to the lofty expectations set by his previous releases.
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^ They might have been determined as such anyway, as he hadn’t released a truly new album since 1986’s Whiplash Smile and hadn’t released a single since 1987’s live version of “Mony Mony,” from the remix album Vital Idol .
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.The album included the hits "To Be a Lover," "Don't Need a Gun" and the country-flavoured "Sweet Sixteen."^ Don't Need A Gun (Single Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster) .
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^ Don't Need a Gun / Fatal Charm .
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^ Whiplash Smile was another sizeable hit on the strength of such hits as "To Be a Lover" and "Sweet Sixteen," but failed to live up to the lofty expectations set by his previous releases.
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.Idol filmed a video featuring "Sweet Sixteen" (which he also wrote) in Florida's Coral Castle.^ Coral Castle, a stone structure where Idol got his inspiration for his song "Sweet Sixteen".
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^ Idol filmed a video featuring "Sweet Sixteen" (which he also wrote) in Florida's Coral Castle.
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^ A video was made featuring Idol and guitarist Slash .
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.The song was inspired by the story of Edward Leedskalnin's former love, Agnes Scuffs, who was the main reason Leedskalnin built the structure over a period of decades, starting years after she jilted him the day before their scheduled wedding in their native Latvia.^ The song was inspired by the story of Edward Leedskalnin's former love, Agnes Scuffs, who was the main reason Leedskalnin built the structure over a period of decades, starting years after she jilted him the day before their scheduled wedding in their native Latvia.
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^ It's a nice day for a white wedding It's a nice day to start again.
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^ It's a nice day to start again It's a nice day for a white wedding It's a nice day to start again.
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.A remix album was released in 1987 called, "Vital Idol."^ A remix album was released in 1987 called, "Vital Idol."
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^ In March, Idol released his first album of new material in a decade, Devil's Playground , which he's been touting on a string of solo and festival tour dates.
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^ In November 2006, Idol released a Christmas album called Billy Idol: Happy Holidays .
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The album featured a live cover of Tommy James' "Mony Mony." The single topped the US charts in 1987.
.Stevens parted ways with Idol after Whiplash Smile.^ Billy Idol (Whiplash Smile) Album MP3 Album Price: £5.99 6.66 EUR .
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In 1986, Stevens appeared with Harold Faltermeyer on the Top Gun soundtrack. Their contribution was the Grammy winning instrumental, "Top Gun Anthem." Stevens decided to go solo, creating his own band, Steve Stevens and the Atomic Playboys.
.Idol was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which nearly cost him a leg in February 1990 in Hollywood, California; he was hit by a car while driving home from the studio one night when he ran a stop sign, requiring a steel rod to be placed in his leg.^ Still touring and performing today although a very serious motorcycle crash nearly put paid to the 'Rebels' career.
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^ A lengthy list of real-life near-death experiences are at least party responsible for his aggravated absence over the last decade and a half, beginning with the much publicized 1990 motorcycle accident in L.A. that nearly cost him his leg, and ending, almost literally, with at least two near-fatal drug overdoses in 1994 following the almost equally disastrous Cyberpunk LP. The height of grunge provided Idol's lowest low.
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^ If you were watching MTV in the early part of the decade, surely you remember the huge news of Billy Idol’s motorcycle accident: in February of 1990, Idol ran a red light while on his Harley and was hit by a car.
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[3]. .Shortly prior to this, film director James Cameron had chosen Idol to play the T-1000 character in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and had drawn storyboards to resemble him, but the accident prevented Idol from accepting.^ Billy Idol was James Cameron’s first choice to play T-1000 in Terminator 2 .
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^ Director James Cameron's new sci-fi adventure on planet Pandora.
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[4] However, against his doctors' advice,[citation needed] Idol managed to promote his latest album.
.The new release, Charmed Life, was due for release and a video for the single, "Cradle of Love" had to be shot.^ Around the time of Idol's next release, 1990's Charmed Life, the singer was involved in a serious motorcycle accident (in which he almost lost his leg), forcing the singer to walk with a cane for a period of time; the video for the album's lead-off single, "Cradle of Love," featured the singer filmed from the waist up.
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^ Billy’s album, Charmed Life and the single, “Cradle of Love,” ended up serving as “comeback” releases for him.
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^ American Idol's leading female graduate has released a new music video, Cowboy Casanova.
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.The song had been featured in the Andrew Dice Clay film, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.^ Appears on: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane [ Various Artists ] .
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^ The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane (CD, Comp) .
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^ The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane (Comp, Album) ◄ (3 versions) .
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.Since Idol was unable to walk, he was shot from the waist up.^ Since Idol was unable to walk, he was shot from the waist up.
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.The video would feature video footage of him singing in large frames throughout an apartment while the very young and beautiful Betsy Lynn George was trying to seduce a modest and mild mannered business man.^ Randy asks him to sing a different song, so he tries "Unchained Melody."
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^ Are they trying to make Phil Stacey look bad by having him sing between LaKisha Jones and Jordin Sparks?
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^ This is what’s killing Adam – there is no video support for the song they have him singing on every show – by the time they get around to making one everyone will have moved on.
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.The video was a huge hit and was placed in heavy rotation on MTV. Idol and Betsy Lynn George recreated the opening of the video for the 1991 American Music Awards.^ Adam Lambert crashes and burns in American Music Awards debut (85) paula wrote: Mr. Lambert has refused to apologiz...
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^ But you must, must watch this video from Music Idol , Bulgaria's version of the pop competition.
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^ "American Idol" runner up Adam Lambert made quite a splash at last night's American Music Awards -- and not in a good way.
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.Idol had always been a huge Doors fan, and he was asked to take part in the new movie The Doors, directed by Oliver Stone.^ Idol had always been a huge Doors fan, and he was asked to take part in the new movie The Doors , directed by Oliver Stone.
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^ 'American Idol': Top 5 take on the Rat Pack (19) Jay Berg wrote: To Ted: Adam is always last becaus...
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^ Born Again Idol Mind I've always been an Idol fan, just not the biggest one around.

.Billy Idol, though recovering from a motorcycle accident, threw himself into the role of Jim Morrison's drinking buddy, Cat.^ The definitive Billy Idol for me though ?
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^ Billy Idol, though recovering from a motorcycle accident, threw himself into the role of Morrison's drinking buddy, Cat.
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^ If you were watching MTV in the early part of the decade, surely you remember the huge news of Billy Idol’s motorcycle accident: in February of 1990, Idol ran a red light while on his Harley and was hit by a car.
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[5]
.Against his doctor's orders,[citation needed] Idol decided to tour behind the Charmed Life album.^ In March, Idol released his first album of new material in a decade, Devil's Playground , which he's been touting on a string of solo and festival tour dates.
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^ Billy’s album, Charmed Life and the single, “Cradle of Love,” ended up serving as “comeback” releases for him.
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.Idol could be seen walking with a cane onstage.^ Idol could be seen walking with a cane onstage.
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.He also had a special gauntlet made for his hand.^ He also had a special gauntlet made for his hand.
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.This tour would be the first without Stevens.^ This tour would be the first without Stevens.
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.Mark Younger-Smith had become Idol's new guitarist.^ Mark Younger-Smith had become Idol's new guitarist.
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^ Idol moved to New York and began working as a solo artist and working with Steve Stevens , soon becoming an MTV staple with "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself".
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^ Idol recorded the album with Younger-Smith and producer Robin Hancock.
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.Idol's stage show was quite elaborate.^ Idol's stage show was quite elaborate.
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.A massive fist was designed to hang over the crowd.^ A massive fist was designed to hang over the crowd.
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.The words "Rude Dude" were written across the fingers.^ The words "Rude Dude" were written across the fingers.
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.During the show the fist would rotate and flip off the audience.^ During the show the fist would rotate and flip off the audience.
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The hand can be seen in the video for "Prodigal Blues".

Crisis and resurgence

.In 1993, Idol released Cyberpunk, which was largely ignored.^ In 1993, Idol released Cyberpunk , which was largely ignored.
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^ By the time 1993's Cyberpunk surfaced, Idol had dropped his spiky peroxide hairstyle in place of dreadlocks, and experimented with techno beats.
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.Music had changed and many of the bands that were popular in the '80s were being pushed aside.^ Music had changed and many of the bands that were popular in the '80s were being pushed aside.
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^ The Behind the Music series was very popular at the time, and each band or artist that was featured on that program usually gained a resurgence of interest after the show had aired.
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.Many considered the album to be ahead of its time.^ Many considered the album to be ahead of its time.
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.Regarded as experimental, it was recorded in a home studio using a Macintosh computer, which was a fairly new concept at the time.^ The producers were pretty open about it this time -- during her audition , the judges discussed that she had had a record deal, and new judge Kara DioGuardi actually remembered her.
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.Idol recorded the album with Younger-Smith and producer Robin Hancock.^ Idol recorded the album with Younger-Smith and producer Robin Hancock.
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^ Mark Younger-Smith had become Idol's new guitarist.
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^ Album booklet material from The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself by Billy Idol, Capital Records, 2008.
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.Special editions of the album were issued with a floppy disc which contained a screensaver.^ Special editions of the album were issued with a floppy disc which contained a screensaver.
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The album has somewhat become a cult favourite today.
.In 1994, Idol suffered two drug overdoses but recovered from each.^ At the same time, Idol was knee deep in drug addiction, resulting in another close brush with death when he overdosed and had to be treated in a Los Angeles hospital in 1994.
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.Since then, he started to rehab and successfully overcame his addiction in the following years.^ Since then, he started to rehab and successfully overcame his addiction in the following years.
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^ If it's time for another season of American Idol , it must be about a year since I started this blog.
  • Reality Check: American Idol - A reality TV blog by The Baltimore Sun's Sarah Kelber - baltimoresun.com 10 February 2010 12:17 UTC weblogs.baltimoresun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1996, Idol appeared in a live version of The Who's Quadrophenia.^ LaKisha Jones, the American Idol alumna who used to live in Maryland, was married in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
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^ Alexis Cohen, 25, who appeared in the audition rounds in two seasons of Idol , was struck by a car and killed, the Associated Press reports .
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.He returned to the public eye in 1998, when he played himself in The Wedding Singer, in which "White Wedding" was also the title track.^ He returned to the public eye in 1998, when he played himself in The Wedding Singer , in which "White Wedding" was also the title track.
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^ "White Wedding" appeared on popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas , playing on fictional Classic rock radio station, K-DST. .
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^ Not much was heard from Idol until 1998, when he made a cameo appearance (as himself) in the hit Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy The Wedding Singer, which resulted in renewed interest.
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The movie was a smash hit worldwide. .Idol also released three new tracks on Internet - a move which created much concern from RIAA. He also shared the stage with popular band Third Eye Blind.^ Idol also released three new tracks on Internet - a move which created much concern from RIAA. He also shared the stage with popular band Third Eye Blind.
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^ In March, Idol released his first album of new material in a decade, Devil's Playground , which he's been touting on a string of solo and festival tour dates.
  • USATODAY.com - For Billy Idol, the rebel yells are still going strong 10 February 2010 12:17 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: General]

^ So Jordin Sparks has been named the new American Idol, which like the finale itself wasn’t much of a surprise.
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.VH1 aired, Billy Idol - Behind the Music on April 16, 2001. The Behind the Music series was very popular at the time, and each band or artist that was featured on that program usually gained a resurgence of interest after the show had aired.^ April 7th, 2005 Billy Idol .
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^ Hour.ca - Music - Billy Idol .
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^ Music Review 101/Billy Idol .
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.Idol and Stevens were no exceptions, taking part in a VH1 Storytellers show three days later.^ Idol and Stevens were no exceptions, taking part in a VH1 Storytellers show three days later.
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^ Just show up and take pics - no big deal!!!
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^ 'American Idol' heads to Louisville (5) Bucky wrote: There are three American Idol shows...
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.The reunited duo set out to play a series of acoustic/storytellers shows before recording the VH1 special.^ But it's going to be a lot more show before we find out who that is.
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^ Otunga was nicknamed "Punk" during the VH1 show staring Tiffany Pollard, better known as "New York," from the Flavor of Love series.
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.The acoustic tour was a big success, and Idol eventually started adding new material into the show.^ The acoustic tour was a big success, and Idol eventually started adding new material into the show.
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^ In March, Idol released his first album of new material in a decade, Devil's Playground , which he's been touting on a string of solo and festival tour dates.
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^ We head out on tour to support that in June and then there’s an all new Billy Idol record after that.

.Another Greatest Hits CD was issued in 2001, with Keith Forsey's "Don't You (Forget About Me)" appearing on the compilation.^ You don't forget that, baby.Hey!
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^ I don't think you have to worry about that.
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^ Another Greatest Hits CD was issued in 2001, with Keith Forsey's "Don't You (Forget About Me)" appearing on the compilation.
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.Forsey had originally written it with Idol in mind, but the singer turned it down and eventually the song was given to Simple Minds, who made it a worldwide hit in 1985. The album also includes a live acoustic version of "Rebel Yell" taken from a performance at Los Angeles station KROQ's 1993 Acoustic Christmas concert.^ BILLY IDOL - "Rebel Yell" 80.
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^ At the same time, Idol was knee deep in drug addiction, resulting in another close brush with death when he overdosed and had to be treated in a Los Angeles hospital in 1994.
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^ Rebel Yell became the singer's best-selling album of his career (eventually going double platinum), spawning such big-time MTV/radio hits as the album's anthemic title track, "Eyes Without a Face," and "Flesh for Fantasy," establishing Idol as an arena headliner stateside.
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The compilation sold about 4 millions of copies worldwide.
.Idol was also referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which the character Spike claims Idol's look is based on himself.^ Buffy The Vampire Slayer .
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In 2000, Idol was invited to be a guest vocalist on Tony Iommi's album. .His contribution was on the song "Into The Night," which he also co-wrote.^ Seated on the sensitivity stool, Lewis launches into his second song — his new one for the night — Maroon 5’s "She Will Be Loved."
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^ I've always had an ongoing list of potential band names and song titles, so that in case I got into a band, I could contribute that right away.
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.That year his voice also starred as Odin, a mysterious alien character, in the animated fantasy film Heavy Metal 2000.^ Heavy Metal 2000 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Comp) ◄ (5 versions) .
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^ Heavy Metal 2000 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Comp) ◄ (2 versions) .
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^ Heavy Metal 2000 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Comp) .
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In Sydney, Idol was somewhat embarrassed in front of 80,000+ people at the 2002 National Rugby League Grand final. .Entering the playing field on a hovercraft-type stage to the intro of White Wedding, he managed to sing only two words before a power failure ended the performance.^ The two judges — I won’t really bother to recap Abdul — are nonplussed by the singing but dig the performance.
  • Reality Check: American Idol - A reality TV blog by The Baltimore Sun's Sarah Kelber - baltimoresun.com 10 February 2010 12:17 UTC weblogs.baltimoresun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ More results: David Cook hits the stage and he's safe, so that leaves a bottom two last two of Brooke White and Syesha Mercado .
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^ Well, she might mean every word, but she doesn't sing them all -- she loses the lyrics in the middle, and I think she might be singing more quietly than ever before.
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."White Wedding" appeared on popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional Classic rock radio station, K-DST.^ Text Play Billy Idol artist radio Play radio station with songs similar to: .
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^ His newer stuff, from the Devil's Playground, wasn't the best of all time but the classics, most notably White Wedding, was incredible.
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^ I gotta go - things to do, people to see, video games to play.
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Devil's Playground and beyond

.Devil's Playground, which came out in March 2005, was Idol's first new studio album in nearly 12 years.^ According to his MySpace page , he has a new album out March 20.
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^ Idol was something new and fresh when it first came out.
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^ Next up was his first studio album since Cyberpunk, Devil's Playground, released on Sanctuary in 2005.
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It reached #46 on the Billboard 200. This album was promoted with use of the Devil's Playground album website in early 2005. The album included a cover of "Plastic Jesus".
.Idol played a handful of dates on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour and also appeared at the UK's Download Festival at Donington Park and the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.^ AMERICAN IDOL is set to return for its much-… "> AMERICAN IDOL: THEY ALL START SOMEWHERE… 08/10/2009 10:18 - American IdolCarrie UnderwoodA New Music Video?
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^ Billy Idol tickets, concerts and tour dates.
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^ The American Idol tour dates have been announced, and the Top 10 will be stopping at Verizon Center at 7 p.m.
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In 2006, as his only UK live date, he appeared headlining the Sunday night of GuilFest. .That same year he made an appearance on Viva La Bam where he helped Bam Margera succeed in "creating" a sunroof for his $250,000 Lamborghini Gallardo and performed live for April Margera for her birthday.^ Billy performs at Perry Farrell's 50th birthday party in Vegas on April 11, 2009.
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.In 2006, Idol guested on his keyboardist Derek Sherinian's solo album Blood of the Snake, covering the 1970 Mungo Jerry hit "In the Summertime". A video was made featuring Idol and guitarist Slash.^ Though Janis Ian (“At Seventeen”) had been releasing albums and singles since 1966, “Under the Covers” was only her third song to hit the Hot 100.
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^ Appears on: Blood of the Snake [ Derek Sherinian ] .
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.In November 2006, Idol released a Christmas album called Happy Holidays.^ Her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream broke YouTube records and her album despite being released at the end of November 2009 was the second most best-selling album of 2009.
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^ Speaking of American Idol , Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta is set to release his self-titled first album tomorrow.
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.It included Christmas songs such as "Frosty the Snowman", "Jingle Bell Rock", and "Silent Night", plus some originals.^ Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring Snowing and blowing up bus...
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^ Plus it rips off Gary Glitter’s “Rock & Roll Part 2.” Definitely a bathroom break/beer run song during a Hagar concert.
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^ I think XTC were in top form in crafting such a catchy pop song never really made it out of modern rock realm.
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.In 2008, "Rebel Yell" appeared as a playable track on the video game Guitar Hero World Tour and "White Wedding" on Rock Band 2, the Rock Band 2 platform later gaining "Mony Mony" and "Rebel Yell" as downloadable tracks.^ Slickly produced songs like White Wedding , Rebel Yell , Dancing With Myself , Eyes Without a Face , Flesh for Fantasy , Come On, Come On , Hot in the City and [sigh] Mony Mony became part of the lexicon of radio pop rock.
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^ Although Idol did misstep when he almost referred to our fair city as "Cedar Rapids," he righted himself with the wildly popular selections "White Wedding" and "Rebel Yell."
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^ Billy Idol's 'White Wedding' and 'Rebel Yell' is still being sung by everyone and nobody has forgotten the great Billy Idol.
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.On June 24, 2008 Idol released a new greatest hits album, The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.^ We head out on tour to support that in June and then there’s an all new Billy Idol record after that.

^ Hannah Says: June 28th, 2009 at 10:24 am @Alex, watch the news.
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^ We have a new Greatest Hits record coming out that will have four new tracks on it.

.The compilation featured two previously unreleased tracks, "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon". A third track, "Fractured", was available for download on iTunes.^ It Was Never About the Audience , the new album from the reconstituted Nose Addict, is now available for free download on the band's website .
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He embarked on a successful tour across the world, co-headlining with Def Leppard.
.In July 2009, Idol performed at the Congress Theater, Chicago for the U.S. TV series Soundstage.^ Blake — his black mop now evolved into serious skunk hair — doesn’t veer much from the original Idol performance.
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^ Seriously though, while most just say Idol is over, one TV critic is actually thinking constructively.
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^ 'American Idol': Top 9 perform (3) Nattu wrote: Frankly, I dont see anything seriou...
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This performance was recorded and was released on DVD as In Super Overdrive Live, on November 17, 2009.[8]
On February 16, 2010, Idol was announced as one of the acts to play the Download Festival in Donington Park. .He was quoted: "With all of these great heavyweight and cool bands playing Download this year, I'm going to have to come armed with my punk rock’n’roll attitude, Steve Stevens, and all of my classic songs plus a couple of way out covers.^ This seemed to be the case for the first few years of the show; but, as the years progressed, more and more contestants came out of the garage band mentality.
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^ I really have very little to say about this song, except that my step dad had a great mis-heard lyric when listening to it back in 1984: .
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^ Plus it rips off Gary Glitter’s “Rock & Roll Part 2.” Definitely a bathroom break/beer run song during a Hagar concert.
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Should be fun!"[9]
.In March 2010, Idol added Camp Freddy guitarist Billy Morrison and drummer Jeremy Colson to his touring line-up.^ Californians line up next to try to make the cut on American Idol .
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Live Band

Billy Idol's current live band consists of:

Discography

Albums

Year Title U.S. UK[11] GER NED SWI RIAA Certification BPI Certification
1982 Billy Idol 45 - - - - Gold -
1983 Rebel Yell 6 36 2 40 16 2x Multi-Platinum Silver
1986 Whiplash Smile 6 8 9 19 4 Platinum Gold
1990 Charmed Life 11 15 5 51 4 Platinum Silver
1993 Cyberpunk 48 20 13 50 15 - -
2005 Devil's Playground 46 78 (+) 15 - 32 - -
2006 Happy Holidays - - - - - - -
Live Albums
2002 VH1 Storytellers - - 14 - 76 - -
Compilations
1985 Vital Idol 10 7 8 - 24 Platinum Platinum
1988 Idol Songs: 11 of the Best - 2 14 - 6 - Platinum
2001 Greatest Hits 74 171 (+) 12 - 30 Platinum -
2008 The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself 37 - - - - -
Extended Plays
1981 Don't Stop (EP) 71 - - - - - -
  • + Greatest Hits and Devil's Playground failed to chart in The Official UK Top 75 Albums Chart (published by Music Week), but did chart on the complete Top 200 UK Chart published by Charts+Plus (published mainly for music business statistics).[12]

Singles

.Starting with the 1983 re-release of "White Wedding", Chrysalis issued Idol's singles with an IDOL vanity catalogue numbering system.^ As American Idol starts tonight, Ryan Seacrest says that three of the top four have had the largest number of votes at one point or another.
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^ What are your favorite songs (not performances, but singles released after the show) by any Idol finalists?
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^ White Wedding (Single) ◄ (14 versions) .
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This lasted for roughly seven years and sixteen singles (including various re-issues) until the release of "Prodigal Blues" in 1990.
.
Year Song UK Singles Chart[11] U.S. Hot 100[13] U.S. Mainstream Rock[14] U.S. Modern Rock[15] U.S. Hot Dance Club Play[16] Germany Top 75 Italy Top 50 Switzerland Top 50 Independent Chart
Album
1981 "Dancing with Myself" - 102 (+) - - - - - - - Don't Stop
"Mony Mony" - 107 (+) - - - - - - -
1982 "Hot in the City" 58 23 31 - - - - 19 4 Billy Idol
"White Wedding" 6 (^) 36 4 - - - - - 2
1984 "Rebel Yell" 62 46 9 - 50 - - - 3 Rebel Yell
"Eyes Without a Face" 18 4 5 - - 10 14 21 4
"Flesh for Fantasy" 54 29 8 - 21 11 30 20 1
1985 "Catch My Fall" 63 (~) 50 24 - - - - - -
"Rebel Yell" [UK re-issue] 6 - - - - - - - -
1986 "To Be a Lover" 22 6 2 - - 28 16 7 - Whiplash Smile
1987 "Don't Need a Gun" 26 37 10 - 33 36 - 29 16
"Sweet Sixteen" 17 20 26 - - 2 30 12 28
"Mony Mony (Live)" 7 1 27 - - 38 - 13 - Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
1988 "Hot in the City (Remix)" 13 48 - - - - - 19 -
1990 "Cradle of Love" 34 2 1 7 - 38 8 11 10 Charmed Life
"L.A. Woman" 70 52 18 - - - 28 - 12
"Prodigal Blues" 47 - 35 - - - 31 - -
1993 "Heroin" - - - - 16 - - - - Cyberpunk
"Shock to the System" 30 105 (+) 7 23 - - 17 37 -
"Adam in Chains" - - - - - - - - -
"Wasteland" - - - - - - - - -
1994 "Speed" 47 - 38 - - - - - - Speed Soundtrack
2005 "Scream" - - 26 - - 54 - - 20 Devil's Playground
2005 "Cherie" - - - - - - - - 15
2008 "John Wayne" - - - - - - - - - The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself
  • + "Dancing with Myself", "Mony Mony" and "Shock to the System" failed to chart on Billboard Hot 100 but all three charted on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart which equals positions 101-125. Therefore these songs appear listed as having charted on a position below 100 on Billboard Hot 100. Chart positions for these three singles are listed as 102, 107 and 105 in the track information in the CD-booklet for Billy Idol's 2008 released compilation album The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.^ He says the song is all about personality, and that she appeared much older than she is and that it was very cabaret.
    • Reality Check: American Idol - A reality TV blog by The Baltimore Sun's Sarah Kelber - baltimoresun.com 10 February 2010 12:17 UTC weblogs.baltimoresun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ She does a really nice job with it, but all it makes me think is how nice it would have been to have seen these contestants singing current songs for the entire season.
    • Reality Check: American Idol - A reality TV blog by The Baltimore Sun's Sarah Kelber - baltimoresun.com 10 February 2010 12:17 UTC weblogs.baltimoresun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Simon says it was a very, very difficult song, and that this was her best performance of the past four weeks.
    • Reality Check: American Idol - A reality TV blog by The Baltimore Sun's Sarah Kelber - baltimoresun.com 10 February 2010 12:17 UTC weblogs.baltimoresun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [17]
  • ^ UK release in 1985.
  • ^ UK release in 1985.
  • ~ UK release in 1988.
Billy Idol Awards

List of Billy Idol awards and nominations

Grammys

Year Nominated work Award Result
1985 "Rebel Yell" Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
1987 "Whiplash Smile" Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
1991 "Cradle of Love" Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV.
Year Nominated work Award Result
1984 "Dancing With Myself " Best Art Direction Nominated
1984 "Dancing With Myself " Best Special Effects Nominated
1984 "Eyes Without a Face " Best Cinematography Nominated
1984 "Eyes Without a Face " Best Editing Nominated
1990 "Cradle of Love " Best Video from a Film Won
1990 "Cradle of Love " Best Male Video Nominated
1990 "Cradle of Love " Best Special Effects Nominated
1993 "Shock To The System " Best Special Effects Nominated
1993 "Shock To The System " Best Editing Nominated

BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards.[18]
Year Nominated work Award Result
1991 Billy Idol Best British Video Nominated

See also

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.filmreference.com/film/96/Billy-Idol.html
  2. ^ Edmunds, Ben, untitled essay in Greatest Hits (2001)
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002150/bio
  4. ^ Jennifer Vineyard (2008-09-15). "How Billy Idol And Lance Henriksen Were Nearly James Cameron’s Terminators". MTV Movies Blog. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/09/15/how-billy-idol-and-lance-henriksen-were-nearly-james-camerons-terminators/. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  5. ^ Cameos in "The Doors" Published in issue #56 March 08, 1991 [1]Retrieved 20 October 2009
  6. ^ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sleeper". TV.com. http://www.tv.com/episode/202887/summary.html. 
  7. ^ Steve Mascord, Idol idle: rebel's yell silenced, The Age, 7 October 2002, retrieved 17 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Billy Idol · Super Overdrive Live DVD". http://www.yourwaytomusic.com/billy-idon-super-overdrive-live-dvd/. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Billy Idol announced to play Download 2010". http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/lineup/index.aspx. 
  10. ^ http://www.billymorrison.net/weblog/archives/2010/03/morrison_with_i.html
  11. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 266. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ Chart Log UK: I Am Kloot - I Wayne (scroll down the page to get to Billy Idol)
  13. ^ Album booklet material from The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself by Billy Idol, Capital Records, 2008.
  14. ^ Album booklet material from The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself by Billy Idol, Capital Records, 2008.
  15. ^ Album booklet material from The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself by Billy Idol, Capital Records, 2008.
  16. ^ "Artist Chart History - Billy Idol". Billboard.com. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=4869&model.vnuAlbumId=820617. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  17. ^ [Track information for "Dancing with Myself", "Mony Mony" and "Shock to the System" in the CD-booklet for The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself (June 24, 2008) Capitol 2151432 (EMI) / EAN 5099921514326]
  18. ^ "Billy Idol nomination for 1991 BRIT Awards Best British Video". http://www.brits.co.uk/the-vaults/artist/billy%20idol. 

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