Adam in Chains

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"Adam in Chains"
Single by Billy Idol
from the album Cyberpunk
Released 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1992, Los Angeles, U.S.
Genre Electronica, chill-out
Length 3:54
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Billy Idol and Robin Hancock
Producer(s) Robin Hancock
Billy Idol singles chronology
"Shock to the System"
"Adam in Chains"
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Cyberpunk track listing
"Tomorrow People"
"Adam in Chains"

"Adam in Chains" is a single by Billy Idol, the third of which to be released to promote his 1993 album Cyberpunk. A radio edit of the track was also included on the single.[1]

The album version of the song is divided in two sections: the first two minutes and fifty-four seconds are of a voice coaxing the listener through a hypnotic exercise, encouraging them towards a state of relaxation. The remainder of the song consists of Idol singing in a melodious, slow tempo.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Netherlands CD single
  1. "Adam in Chains" (edit)
  2. "Adam in Chains" (album version)
  • Netherlands CD maxi-single
  1. "Adam in Chains" (edit)
  2. "Adam in Chains" (album version)
  3. "Venus"
  4. "Heroin" (Meedle Park Mix)

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Adam in Chains" was directed by Julien Temple. It depicted Billy Idol bound in a chair with a chip inserted into his neck as he is monitored by scientists. He struggles before being hypnotized, and is then inserted into a virtual reality simulator. There he is treated to an ethereal water fantasy. Idol eventually rejects the fantasy, which is consumed in flames as, in the real world, his body violently convulses. The scientists end the experiment and Idol is brought back into reality, only to fall unconscious. There was also a shorter version of the video featuring an edited intro and female backing vocals, using different shots than the full-length video.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The track failed to chart in the US or UK which was unusual for Idol at the time, however it did chart in France at No. 5 and Poland at No. 35.[3]


  1. ^ "Database and Marketplace for Music on Vinyl, CD, Cassette, MP3 and More". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "Song artist 483 - Billy Idol". 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 

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