Billy Idol (album)

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Billy Idol
Studio album by Billy Idol
Released 16 July 1982
Recorded 1981–82
Genre Hard rock, new wave, punk rock
Length 42:12
Language English
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol chronology
Don't Stop
(1981)
Billy Idol
(1982)
Rebel Yell
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Smash Hits 1/10[3]

Billy Idol is the debut studio album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol[1] (following his solo EP Don't Stop in 1981). Preceded in June 1982 by the hit-single "Hot in the City", it was released in July 1982. After its next single, "White Wedding", entered the Top 40 a year later, Billy Idol was reissued with the addition of the earlier single "Dancing with Myself". "Hot in the City" was a bigger hit when re-released in the UK in 1988, peaking at #13 on the UK singles chart.

The song "White Wedding" (Part 1) is so-named due to the less-heard "White Wedding (Part 2)", (which is a more synthesiser-based continuation of the first part) that can be heard on the 12-inch version of the "White Wedding" single and the Vital Idol compilation.

The album peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard 200,[4] and was certified gold by the RIAA in 1983.

It was reissued in 2002 as a '24 bit digitally remastered' version.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Idol, except where noted.

  1. "Come On, Come On" (Idol, Steve Stevens) – 4:00
  2. "White Wedding" (Part 1) – 4:11
  3. "Hot in the City" – 3:40
  4. "Dead on Arrival" – 3:54
  5. "Nobody's Business" – 4:06
  6. "Love Calling" (Idol, Keith Forsey) – 4:48
  7. "Hole in the Wall" – 4:14
  8. "Shooting Stars" (Idol, Stevens) – 4:30
  9. "It's So Cruel" (Idol, Philip Hawk) – 5:20
  10. "Congo Man" (Reprise of "Love Calling") – 1:08
  11. "Dancing With Myself (Single Edit)" (Idol, Tony James) – 3:20[1]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200[4] 45
Australian Albums Chart 66
New Zealand Albums Chart 5
Swedish Albums Chart 49

Certification[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United States Gold 500,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c William Ruhlmann. "Billy Idol - Billy Idol | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ "CG: billy idol". Robert Christgau. 1993-08-10. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  3. ^ Bostock, David. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 8 - 21, 1982): 23. 
  4. ^ a b "Billy Idol | Awards". AllMusic. 1955-11-30. Retrieved 2014-04-09.