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, from dropping his trademark '80s Hair for dreadlocks, to the utter artistic failure (which includes an horrendous cover of "Heroin").
    • Idol himself still says he's proud of the album, but he got utterly devastated by the reception it got.
  • 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.
  • 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.