Trivia / Billy Idol

  • Jossed: Idol himself denies "Dancing With Myself" is about masturbation. Instead, it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin: he was inspired by the dance clubs in London and Tokyo.
    • "White Wedding" was not about how much he hated his sister's husband, per the man himself.
  • Old Shame: His infamous Rolling Stone cover story (pictured as the page image), mostly due to the fact the pictures embarrassed the hell out of him, and because he was drunk and stoned out of his mind during the interview resulting in a less than flattering portrayal.
  • One of Us: He grew up reading Marvel comics and watching Doctor Who and was one of the first artists to openly embrace the internet and MP3 technology.
  • Referenced by...: Angel/Archangel's blond curly mane was modeled after Billy Idol's in X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • What Could Have Been: He was one of several artists to turn down performing "Don't You Forget About Me", which was ultimately made famous by Simple Minds (who initially wanted to turn it down themselves). In 2001, he recorded his own version as a new track on a Greatest Hits Album.
    • He was the first choice to play the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but he broke his leg and wrist in a motorcycle accident before filming could start.
    • One of the original scripts for Say Anything... had "To Be A Lover" as the song played during the boombox scene, rather than "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.