* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic / EarWorm - Pick up any of his compilations and take your pick. Billy was a hell of a singles' artist.
* CoveredUp - "Mony Mony," originally by Tommy James & The Shondells, from 1968.
** "To Be a Lover," originally written as "I Forgot to Be Your Lover" by William Bell, also from 1968.
** "L.A. Woman," originally by Music/TheDoors from their album ''Music/LAWoman''.
* CultClassic - ''Cyberpunk''. It has a small fanbase, as well as an ''absurdly'' informative entry at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk_%28album%29 That Other Wiki]].
* DorkAge: He went through one of these in the early '90s. Faced with waning popularity and flagging album sales, he attempted to reinvent his image (and cash in on the emergent hacker/cyberpunk subculture) in 1993 by replacing his bleached-blonde spiky haircut with bleached-blonde dreadlocks and releasing the album ''Cyberpunk'', a fusion of glam rock and electronic dance music. With the exception of the single "Shock to the System" (which was closer in style to his earlier work), the album's songs consisted of overwrought synthesizer riffs, pretentious monologues, and lines lifted directly from Creator/WilliamGibson novels. The album flopped hard: critics universally panned it, Billy's old fans were left feeling betrayed, and real cyberpunks saw him as a hopeless poser. Even though the album has managed to acquire a cult following in the following years, it's still universally agreed that the cover of Music/TheVelvetUnderground's "Heroin" that appeared on this album is the absolute worst version of the song ever recorded.
** Idol himself still says he's proud of the album, but he got utterly devastated by the reception it got.
* EpicRiff - The weirdly distorted riff from "Shock To The System."
** "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself" also count.
* GrowingTheBeard: The self-titled is a bit [[NewWaveMusic New Wave-y]] in spots. Basically, ''Rebel Yell'' is where Billy's solo career came into its own just because he concentrates on ''rocking'' a lot harder.
* HilariousInHindsight: In 1985, Idol declined to record "Don't You Forget About Me" (which became the Music/SimpleMinds' SignatureSong). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P00lxq2TrpY 16 years later...]]
* InternetBackdraft: A UrExample, believe it or not! Billy holds the distinction of being the first high-profile musician to promote his music online, back in '''1993.''' A cool bit of trivia, and he'd be better remembered for this if said music wasn't ''Cyberpunk.'' Usenet groups back then turned on him, sending him a deluge of hate-mail for commercializing cyberpunk culture.
* NarmCharm: Is Billy a bit over-the-top in his ''rawk'' vocals? Of course, but that's part of what makes his music so much fun.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Cyberpunk'' of course.
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Cyberpunk'' received harsh criticism back in the day for it's massive change in direction, but nowadays it's looked back on a bit more fondly and considered one of Idol's more underrated albums.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: ''Cyberpunk'' was actually the first album he had made sober since his Generation X days.