History Music / BillyIdol

26th Sep '16 8:37:24 PM wyattte
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* BadassGrandpa / CoolOldGuy: Fills arenas even at 58.

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* BadassGrandpa / CoolOldGuy: Fills arenas even at 58.as he reaches his 60s.


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* GameBreakingInjury: [[DefiedTrope Defied!]] A motorcycle accident left him off his feet for a long time, but he spent that time reading up on the {{Cyberpunk}} subgenre, buying an Apple computer, and working on new music based off that.
26th Sep '16 8:31:50 PM wyattte
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bi_6829.gif]] William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, is a rock musician who, after splitting with his old band, Generation X, went solo and thus became one of the most iconic figures of the 1980s. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bi_6829.gif]] William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, '''Billy Idol,''' is a rock musician who, after splitting with his old band, Generation X, went solo and thus became one of the most iconic figures of the 1980s. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.



* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''That's'' a classic rock star name.



* ConceptAlbum: The infamous ''Cyberpunk.''



* IntercourseWithYou: "Rebel Yell" and "Soul Standing By".

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* IntercourseWithYou: "Rebel Yell" and "Soul Standing By". And ''especially'' "Flesh For Fantasy."



* MetalScream: "WITH A REBEL YELL SHE CRIES MORE, MORE, MORE... OWWWW!!!"

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* MetalScream: "WITH A REBEL YELL YELL, SHE CRIES MORE, MORE, MORE... OWWWW!!!"



* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 58, but still looks 40-something.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 58, in his sixties now, but still looks 40-something.40-something. Not bad for a guy in the business this long.
1st Aug '16 5:31:31 AM OrgaNik
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Steve Stevens. Idol managed to drive him away with his drug-fueled antics for a while, but once he had sobered up, Stevens was back on board almost immediately.
1st Aug '16 5:19:42 AM OrgaNik
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* OneOfUs: Grew up reading Marvel comics and watching Dr. Who. Was one of the first artists to openly embrace the internet and MP3 technology.
1st Aug '16 5:18:35 AM OrgaNik
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* OneOfUs: Grew up reading Marvel comics and watching Dr. Who. Was one of the first artists to openly embrace the internet and MP3 technology.
22nd Jul '16 3:48:27 PM wyattte
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* ''VH1 Storytellers'' (2002) (live album)

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* ''VH1 ''Creator/{{VH1}} Storytellers'' (2002) (live album)
22nd Jul '16 3:47:53 PM wyattte
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Studio Discography:

* ''Don't Stop'' (1981) (EP)
* ''Billy Idol'' (1982)
* ''Rebel Yell'' (1983)
* ''Whiplash Smile'' (1986)
* ''Charmed Life'' (1990)
* ''Cyberpunk'' (1993)
* ''VH1 Storytellers'' (2002) (live album)
* ''Devil's Playground'' (2005)
* ''Kings & Queens Of The Underground'' (2014)



* BodyHorror: The video for "Shock To The System" features a guy getting beaten up and his camera smashed (in an obvious allegory for the LA riots) and then stop-motion ''merging'' with his camera to form a weird cyborg-looking thing. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx2fZU5USus It's kinda messed up.]]



* HesBack: ''Devil's Playground,'' his comeback album in 2005, made damn sure you knew right out of the gate that he was playing rock and roll again (after all, his last album was 1993's poorly-received ''Cyberpunk'').



* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic

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* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusicScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Billy looks like he should be in an underground punk band. Instead, he was a teen idol, top 40 mainstay on MTV during TheEighties.
12th Dec '15 2:36:29 PM electronic-tragedy
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* IntercourseWithYou: "Rebel Yell".

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* IntercourseWithYou: "Rebel Yell".Yell" and "Soul Standing By".



* MetalScream "WITH A REBEL YELL SHE CRIES MORE, MORE, MORE... OWWWW!!!"

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* MetalScream MetalScream: "WITH A REBEL YELL SHE CRIES MORE, MORE, MORE... OWWWW!!!"
17th Mar '15 9:24:59 AM igordebraga
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* BreakupSong: "Eyes Without a Face", which also takes some cues from the eponymous film.



* GratuitousFrench: {{Subverted|Trope}} with the song "Eyes without a Face". the French words in their are a references to the film the song is based on.

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* GratuitousFrench: {{Subverted|Trope}} with the song In "Eyes without a Face". Face", before the TitleDrop the same phrase is said in French, possibly as a ShoutOut to [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053459/referencethe eponymous French words in their are a references to the film the song is based on.movie.]]
20th Feb '15 9:42:20 AM PrincessTogezo
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* SongOfSongTitles: The song "Kings & Queens of the Underground", in which he looks back on his career, has him name-dropping several of his most famous songs.
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