YMMV / Billy Idol

  • Awesome Music / Ear Worm - Pick up any of his compilations and take your pick. Billy was a hell of a singles' artist.
  • Covered Up - "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 The Doors from their album L.A. Woman.
  • Cult Classic - Cyberpunk. It has a small fanbase, as well as an absurdly informative entry at That Other Wiki.
  • Epic Riff - The weirdly distorted riff from "Shock To The System."
    • "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself" also count.
  • Dork Age: Cyberpunk. Billy changed his bleach-blond spikes to dreadlocks, embraced Electronic Music and fused it with his usual punk edge, and made a futuristic Concept Album. It flopped - badly - and he never attempted something like this again.
    • Idol himself still says he's proud of the album, but he got utterly devastated by the reception it got.
  • Growing the Beard: The self-titled is a bit 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 1985, Idol declined to record "Don't You Forget About Me" (which became the Simple Minds' Signature Song). 16 years later...
  • Internet Backdraft: A Ur-Example, 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.
  • Narm Charm: 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.
  • Old Shame: The infamous 1985 Rolling Stone cover is this to him, apparently. According to his autobiography, he is incredibly ashamed of the interview in the magazine, where he felt that he was being hostile and belligerent to the journalist for no good reason.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Cyberpunk of course.
  • Vindicated by History: 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Cyberpunk was actually the first album he had made sober since his Generation X days.


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