History Music / BillyIdol

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!
8th Dec '16 9:23:46 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.

Idol has released a total of six studio albums, one EP, a Christmas album, and several compilation albums. He faded away in the early 1990s after the [[DorkAge disastrous release]] of ''Cyberpunk'', popping up again in a memorable cameo in ''TheWeddingSinger''. He continues to tour to this day with guitarist and longtime collaborator Steve Stevens.

Studio Discography:

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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 most commonly associated with his old band, Generation X, went solo and thus became one of the most iconic figures of the 1980s.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.

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.

Back on Chrysalis Records once more,
Idol has remixed "Dancing With Myself" and released a total of six studio albums, one it under his own name, which became his breakthrough single. He put out an EP, ''Don't Stop,'' and quickly followed it with a Christmas SelfTitledAlbum, both of which saw big success. The self-titled contained what would be another iconic song, "White Wedding," and it went gold in the US. Follow-up album ''Rebel Yell'' went ''double platinum,'' and the title track from that album became yet another huge radio staple. As he correctly gambled on, Billy's trademark punk/pop style (not to mention his photogenic looks shining through his old school punk rock fashion sense) proved a smash success, and he spent the 80s an [=MTV=] darling.

Somewhere between the release of 1986's ''Whiplash Smile,'' and remix album ''Vital Idol'' (also big hits), Steve Stevens started to find further success outside of touring and recording with Billy, who had become increasingly reliant on drugs behind the scenes. They split up at the end of the 80s, and Billy attempted to bounce back with 1990's ''Charmed Life,'' preceded by radio favorite "Cradle Of Love." Around the release of the
album, Billy suffered another setback with a motorcycle accident, leading him to shoot a music video and several compilation albums. He faded away in do promotional appearances sitting down, and using a cane for some time. ''Charmed Life'' sold well enough, but Billy decided that with the early 1990s dawn of TheNineties, it was time for a change.

Billy spent much of his recuperation time reading up on the {{Cyberpunk}} genre, and fixated on it to the point that he decided to construct a NewSoundAlbum based around that. He bought a Macintosh computer, and got himself an email address to begin chatting online with fans. This was in 1992-1993, so all this was incredibly novel for the time. Billy, now sporting a mean set of dreadlocks, recorded the new album with [=ProTools=] and Studiovision, adopting a newfound interest in putting social commentary in his lyrics
after seeing the [[DorkAge disastrous release]] L.A. riots. He even had floppy disks made that included a screensaver to be packaged with his new album. Some of ''Cyberpunk'', popping up you may be wondering why you never hear much about Billy doing all these innovations in multimedia and promotion, and the answer is that, well, the resulting album was ''Cyberpunk.'' The album, which surprised audiences by being rife with electronic dance elements (including a now-infamous cover of Music/TheVelvetUnderground's "Heroin"), met critical scorn, and it stalled out on the charts. To say the least, it's his most controversial album.

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 in with a memorable cameo in ''TheWeddingSinger''. He ''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.''

To coincide with his 2014 album ''Kings & Queens Of The Underground,'' Billy put out an autobiography, titled, of course, ''Dancing With Myself.'' Billy
continues to tour to this day day, still with guitarist and longtime collaborator Steve Stevens.

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* ''Vital Idol'' (1987) (remix album)



* ''Happy Holidays'' (2006)



* SelfTitledAlbum: His debut in 1982.

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* SelfTitledAlbum: His debut full-length in 1982.



* StageNames: Real name William Broad. He apparently chose it because his teachers described him as idle...

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* StageNames: Real name William Michael Albert Broad. He apparently chose it because his teachers described him as idle..."idle."
13th Nov '16 2:24:42 PM wyattte
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* DelinquentHair: His famous bleached-blond spikes.


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* LargeHam: It's ''Billy Idol!'' The sneer, the shameless mugging, that growling baritone vocal; the man is a born showman.
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.
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