History Music / BillyIdol

12th Feb '18 8:29:54 PM nombretomado
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After surviving a drug overdose, Billy cleaned himself up, but didn't release another album during the decade due to label disputes, though he and Steve Stevens reunited to put out the single "Speed" from the soundtrack to [[Film/{{Speed}} the movie of the same name]]. Billy got back in the public eye once again with a memorable cameo in ''TheWeddingSinger'' ("You don't talk to Billy Idol that way!!!") Finally, in 2005, Billy made his comeback with ''Devil's Playground,'' which was an undeniable return to form, musically. A Christmas album soon followed (produced as an old vocal pop album) simply titled ''Happy Holidays.''

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After surviving a drug overdose, Billy cleaned himself up, but didn't release another album during the decade due to label disputes, though he and Steve Stevens reunited to put out the single "Speed" from the soundtrack to [[Film/{{Speed}} the movie of the same name]]. Billy got back in the public eye once again with a memorable cameo in ''TheWeddingSinger'' ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' ("You don't talk to Billy Idol that way!!!") Finally, in 2005, Billy made his comeback with ''Devil's Playground,'' which was an undeniable return to form, musically. A Christmas album soon followed (produced as an old vocal pop album) simply titled ''Happy Holidays.''
6th Dec '17 10:35:34 PM wyattte
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* BreakupBreakout: Man, did he ever.


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* PunkRock: Started out as a more traditional example of this in his Generation X years, and kept the image. When he went solo, he mixed punk with [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] and SynthPop. Billy wasn't shy about adding contemporary touches, but he gave much of his music some kind of punky energy anyway, through the arrangements and his trademark roaring baritone.
28th Oct '17 12:41:20 PM dlchen145
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Billy Idol is a rock musician most commonly associated with his heyday in TheEighties, where he was a huge star on Creator/{{MTV}}. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.

Born on 30 November 1955, William Michael Albert Broad grew up in England (with a few years living in New York as a kid), and went to Sussex University for an English degree. He dropped out after a year, and instead focused on punk rock. He joined the band Chelsea as a guitar player, but he and Tony James left the band to form Generation X. This band differed from some punk rock bands, being more openly influenced by 1960s rock and pop, setting a precedent for Billy's career. Signing with Creator/ChrysalisRecords, Billy transitioned from guitar to lead singer, an easy sell thanks to his good looks and charm. The band lasted for three albums, but after getting dropped from Chrysalis, they collapsed at the dawn of the 80s in a mess of drugs.

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Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955) is a rock musician most commonly associated with his heyday in TheEighties, where he was a huge star on Creator/{{MTV}}. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.

Born on 30 November 1955, William Michael Albert Broad grew up in Stanmore, Middlesex, England (with a few years living in New York as a kid), and Idol went to Sussex University for an English degree. He dropped out after a year, and instead focused on punk rock. He joined the band Chelsea as a guitar player, but he and Tony James left the band to form Generation X. This band differed from some punk rock bands, being more openly influenced by 1960s rock and pop, setting a precedent for Billy's career. Signing with Creator/ChrysalisRecords, Billy transitioned from guitar to lead singer, an easy sell thanks to his good looks and charm. The band lasted for three albums, but after getting dropped from Chrysalis, they collapsed at the dawn of the 80s in a mess of drugs.
5th Aug '17 5:49:45 PM dlchen145
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William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, is a rock musician most commonly associated with his heyday in TheEighties, where he was a huge star on Creator/{{MTV}}. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.

William Michael Albert Broad grew up in England (with a few years living in New York as a kid), and went to Sussex University for an English degree. He dropped out after a year, and instead focused on punk rock. He joined the band Chelsea as a guitar player, but he and Tony James left the band to form Generation X. This band differed from some punk rock bands, being more openly influenced by 1960s rock and pop, setting a precedent for Billy's career. Signing with Creator/ChrysalisRecords, Billy transitioned from guitar to lead singer, an easy sell thanks to his good looks and charm. The band lasted for three albums, but after getting dropped from Chrysalis, they collapsed at the dawn of the 80s in a mess of drugs.

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William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, Idol is a rock musician most commonly associated with his heyday in TheEighties, where he was a huge star on Creator/{{MTV}}. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.

Born on 30 November 1955, William Michael Albert Broad grew up in England (with a few years living in New York as a kid), and went to Sussex University for an English degree. He dropped out after a year, and instead focused on punk rock. He joined the band Chelsea as a guitar player, but he and Tony James left the band to form Generation X. This band differed from some punk rock bands, being more openly influenced by 1960s rock and pop, setting a precedent for Billy's career. Signing with Creator/ChrysalisRecords, Billy transitioned from guitar to lead singer, an easy sell thanks to his good looks and charm. The band lasted for three albums, but after getting dropped from Chrysalis, they collapsed at the dawn of the 80s in a mess of drugs.
29th May '17 1:32:08 PM NemesisKane
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** Think of it this way: He could, [[Film/TheWeddingSinger in 1998]], play [[AsHimself himself]] in 1985. After a near-fatal motorcycle crash, a GHB overdose in '94, and generally having lived the rock star clichés to the full in the '80s, he could still play his ''thirteen year younger self'', and it doesn't even register as DawsonCasting.
20th Feb '17 8:30:18 PM bt8257
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Billy took the opportunity to pursue a solo career, and teamed up with guitarist and new songwriting buddy (and {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}}) Steve Stevens. As Billy likes to tell the story: he'd been given pictures of Rick Springfield(!) by his manager, and told that maybe he'd become a star if he cleaned himself up a bit. Billy was ''not'' enthused by this feedback, yet after being the founder of a relatively popular punk rock band, he wondered who or what he was now, as an individual. His question was answered one night in a New York club, when most people were sitting on sofas and chairs until the DJ put on Generation X's "Dancing With Myself," at which point the crowd came unglued and fllled the dance floor. Suddenly realizing he was the only one left at the bar because of ''his own song,'' he had a EurekaMoment, and realized he could just be himself. And the rest is history.

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Billy took the opportunity to pursue a solo career, go solo, and teamed up with guitarist and new songwriting buddy (and {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}}) Steve Stevens. As Billy likes to tell the story: he'd been given pictures of Rick Springfield(!) by his manager, and told that maybe he'd become a star if he cleaned himself up a bit. Billy was ''not'' enthused by this feedback, yet after being the founder of a relatively popular punk rock band, he wondered who or what he was now, as an individual. His question was answered one night in a New York club, when most people were sitting on sofas and chairs until the DJ put on Generation X's "Dancing With Myself," at which point the crowd came unglued and fllled the dance floor. Suddenly realizing he was the only one left at the bar because of ''his own song,'' he had a EurekaMoment, and realized he could just be himself. And the rest is history.
11th Dec '16 3:41:54 PM Exxolon
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->''In the midnight hour, she cried- "more, more, more",\\
With a rebel yell, she cried- "more, more, more",\\
In the midnight hour babe, "more, more, more",\\
With a rebel yell, "more, more, more",\\
More, more, more.''
-->"Rebel Yell"
10th Dec '16 9:56:39 PM Xtifr
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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 most commonly associated with his heyday in TheEighties, where he was a huge star on Creator/{{MTV}}. 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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William Michael Albert Broad, better known as '''Billy Idol,''' Billy Idol, is a rock musician most commonly associated with his heyday in TheEighties, where he was a huge star on Creator/{{MTV}}. He is most famous for the songs "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself", which are radio staples to this day.
9th Dec '16 10:01:03 AM wyattte
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* PopPunk: More inclined towards {{New Wave|Music}}, but still.
* TheQuincyPunk: His signature aethetic!

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* PopPunk: More inclined towards {{New Wave|Music}}, but still.
still. Something of an UnbuiltTrope, as Billy's music was a poppy, almost contemporary take on punk rock long before the style crystalized in the mid-1990s.
* TheQuincyPunk: His signature aethetic! aesthetic!
9th Dec '16 9:56:24 AM wyattte
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After surviving a drug overdose, Billy cleaned himself up, but didn't release another album during the decade due to label disputes, though he and Steve Stevens reunited to put out the single "Speed" from the soundtrack to [[Film/{{Speed}} the movie of the same name]]. Billy got back the public eye once again with a memorable cameo in ''TheWeddingSinger'' ("You don't talk to Billy Idol that way!!!") Finally, in 2005, Billy made his comeback with ''Devil's Playground,'' which was an undeniable return to form, musically. A Christmas album soon followed (produced as an old vocal pop album) simply titled ''Happy Holidays.''

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After surviving a drug overdose, Billy cleaned himself up, but didn't release another album during the decade due to label disputes, though he and Steve Stevens reunited to put out the single "Speed" from the soundtrack to [[Film/{{Speed}} the movie of the same name]]. Billy got back in the public eye once again with a memorable cameo in ''TheWeddingSinger'' ("You don't talk to Billy Idol that way!!!") Finally, in 2005, Billy made his comeback with ''Devil's Playground,'' which was an undeniable return to form, musically. A Christmas album soon followed (produced as an old vocal pop album) simply titled ''Happy Holidays.''


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* CoverVersion: "Mony Mony" by Tommy James & The Shondells, "To Be A Lover" by William Bell, "L.A. Woman" by Music/TheDoors, and "Heroin" by Music/TheVelvetUnderground.


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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: [[https://e.snmc.io/lk/l/l/e50a618030b21709f93307ed65e73b3c/1808612.jpg The original cover]] of his self-titled debut, on which Billy, as opposed to his signature punk rock look, is instead wearing a very gaudy shirt.
* FanService: Billy's never been shy about taking his shirt off, in videos and on stage.


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* TheQuincyPunk: His signature aethetic!
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