Rebel Yell (song)

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"Rebel Yell"
Single by Billy Idol
from the album Rebel Yell
Released 24 October 1983
Format Vinyl (7" and 12")
Recorded 1983 at Studio A, Electric Lady Studios, New York City
Genre Hard rock, new wave
Length 4:47
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Billy Idol, Steve Stevens
Producer(s) Keith Forsey
Billy Idol singles chronology
"White Wedding"
(1983)
"Rebel Yell"
(1984)
"Eyes Without a Face"
(1984)
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"Rebel Yell" is the first song on the Billy Idol album of the same name. When first released in 1983, it charted outside the UK Top 40, but a re-issue in 1985 reached No. 6. In the US, it peaked at No. 46. The song was named the 79th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1] This song was included in the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour.

Writing[edit]

At a televised performance of VH1 Storytellers Billy Idol said that he had attended an event where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones were taking swigs of a "Rebel Yell" bottle of bourbon whiskey. He didn't know the brand, but he liked the name and decided to write a "Rebel Yell" song.

The song was co-written by guitarist Steve Stevens. The instrumental introduction, which sounds like a combination of electric guitar and electronic keyboard, is performed by Stevens on guitar alone, who intended it to sound this way. Stevens states that he was inspired by acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke's style.[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell"
  2. "Crank Call"
  • UK 12" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell"
  2. "Crank Call"
  3. "White Wedding"
  • (1985 re-issue) UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell"
  2. "(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows♱"

♱Recorded live at Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, California, March 1984.

  • (1985 re-issue) UK 12" vinyl single
  1. "Rebel Yell (Extended Version)"
  2. "(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows♱"
  3. "Blue Highway♱"

♱Recorded live at Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, California, March 1984.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 3
UK Singles Chart 621
US Billboard Hot 100 46
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 9
Chart (1984/1985) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 62

Notes:

  • 1 – Original release in 1984
  • 2 – Re-release in 1985

Other versions[edit]

The song has been covered by artists including Powderburn, HIM, Children of Bodom, Kill Hannah, Dope, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Pipedown, Quintaine Americana, Bullets & Octane, Scooter, Dog Fashion Disco, Sinner, Northern Kings, Drowning Pool and Black Veil Brides

Scooter cover[edit]

"Rebel Yell"
Single by Scooter
from the album Our Happy Hardcore
B-side "Euphoria"
Released 9 May 1996[4]
Format CD single
CD maxi
12" maxi
Recorded 1996
Genre Happy hardcore
Length 3:40
Label Club Tools
Scorpio Music
Writer(s) Billy Idol
Steve Stevens
Producer(s) H. P. Baxxter
Rick J. Jordan
Jens Thele
Ferris Bueller
Scooter singles chronology
"Let Me Be Your Valentine"
(1996)
"Rebel Yell"
(1996)
"I'm Raving"
(1996)

In 1996, the song was covered by the German dance band Scooter. It was released in May 1996 as the third single of their second album, Our Happy Hardcore.

Track listings[edit]

CD-Maxi – Germany[5]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  2. "Rebel Yell" (Extended Mix) (4:44)
  3. "Euphoria" (3:57)
12"-Maxi – Germany[6]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Extended Mix) (4:44)
  2. "Stuttgart (4:52)
  3. "Euphoria" (3:57)
CD-Single – France[7]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  2. "Euphoria" (3:57)
12-Maxi – France[8]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Extended Mix) (4:44)
  2. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  3. "Euphoria" (3:57)
CD-Maxi – Australia[9]
  1. "Rebel Yell" (Radio Edit) (3:40)
  2. "Let Me Be Your Valentine" (Edit) (3:47)
  3. "Rebel Yell" (Extended mix) (4:44)
  4. "Euphoria" (3:57)
  5. "Let Me Be Your Valentine" (The Complete Work) (5:42)
  6. "Eternity" (5:19)
  7. "Silence of T.1210 MKII" (1:31)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 8
Germany (Media Control AG)[12] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 42
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 30

See also[edit]

Rebel yell

References[edit]

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