* 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]].
* EpicRiff - The weirdly distorted riff from "Shock To The System."
** "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing With Myself" also count.
* DorkAge: ''Cyberpunk''. Billy changed his bleach-blond spikes to dreadlocks, embraced ElectronicMusic and fused it with his usual punk edge, and made a futuristic ConceptAlbum. 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.
* 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.
* OldShame: The infamous 1985 ''Magazine/RollingStone'' 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.
* 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.