We use to sing some really dirty things
to the Billy Idol re-make of "Mony Mony" back in the
day. And only Englishman Billy Idol could wear studded under pants, with a scowl on his face, and still look cool.
Some of you may know that before becoming Billy Idol, Billy went by his
given name: William Michael Albert Broad. He changed is
named to "Idol" after a comment made by his high school teacher
describes his behavior (idle).
Billy Idol started his career as a groupie for the
Sex Pistols. Eventually he helped form the punk rock band
"Generation X". Generation X went onto release 3 albums, but by
1981, Billy Idol had moved to New York City to start a solo career.
After hooking up with guitarist Steve Stevens, Billy Idol released his
first solo EP in 1981. The album featured the song "Dancin' with
Myself" from the last Generation X album, and the remake of Tommy James
and the Shondell's song "Mony Mony". His first full fledged solo
release soon followed in 1982, an album that also included the song
"White Wedding". Billy Idol quickly began the poster boy for MTV.
Billy Idol's follow up 1983 release, Rebel Yell,
was an even greater success. Many of you will not only remember
the title song from this album, but also the songs "Flesh for Fantasy"
and "Eyes Without a Face". Whiplash Smile was released in
1986 and featured the hit songs "To Be a Lover," "Don't Need a Gun" and
"Sweet Sixteen". Soon after this release, Steve Stevens left the
band (some of you may remember that Stevens handled guitar for the Top
Gun Anthem). In 1987, Billy Idol released Vital Idol, which
featured a re-release of the song "Mony Mony", which quickly charted at
number 1 in the USA. Also worth mentioning is the hit song "Cradle
of Love", which was featured on Billy Idol's 1990 release, Charmed
Here is an interesting fact about Billy Idol that most
you will not know. In 1990, Billy had been tapped by James Cameron
to play the poly-alloy metal robot (T-1000) in Terminator 2.
However, due to a serious motorcycle accident that Billy was involved
in, Cameron had to choose a different actor.
Billy Idol continued to be active post 1990 on different
projects, and after a stint on VH1's Behind the Music, guitarist Steve
Stevens was back. In fact, in 2005, Billy released his first new
material in 12 years:
Playground. Scroll down for some great 80's Billy Idol music videos,
such as White Wedding and Dancing with Myself. At the time of this
writing, the Billy Idol Discography was as follows:1981: Don't Stop (EP)
1982: Billy Idol
1983: Rebel Yell
1986: Whiplash Smile
1987: Vital Idol
1990: Charmed Life
2005: Devil's Playground
2006: Happy Holiday's
2008: The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself