Vital Idol

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Vital Idol
Remix album by Billy Idol
Released June 1985 (UK)
September 1987 (US)
Recorded various
Genre Post-punk, new wave, punk rock
Length 49:45
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Jennifer Barbee
Bryan Kelley
Shaun Ward
Billy Idol chronology
Rebel Yell
(1983)
Vital Idol
(1985)
Whiplash Smile
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Vital Idol is a compilation by English rock vocalist Billy Idol.[1] It contains remixed singles from his first three albums. Peaking at number 10 on the Billboard 200,[3] the album was supported by a live single version of "Mony Mony".

The original release, sporting a photo from the "Dancing with Myself" video was originally released as an EP in Europe in 1985. The US release was expanded to feature the "Mother Of Mercy Mix" of "To Be a Lover" and reissued in 1987 with alternate cover art of a photo still from the live video for "Mony Mony" on CD. The 1987 issue was 24 bit digitally remastered and released globally in 2002.

The album has been certified by BPI and RIAA platinum.

Track listing[edit]

1985 release[edit]

  1. "White Wedding" (Parts I & II) [Shotgun Mix] – 8:20
  2. "Dancing with Myself" (Uptown Mix) – 5:57
  3. "Flesh for Fantasy" (Below the Belt Mix) – 7:04
  4. "Catch My Fall" (Remix Fix) – 4:56
  5. "Mony Mony" (Downtown Mix) – 5:01
  6. "Love Calling" (Rub a Dub Dub Mix) – 5:33
  7. "Hot in the City" (Exterminator Mix) – 5:09[1]

1987 US edition[edit]

  1. "White Wedding" (Parts I & II) [Shotgun Mix] – 8:20
  2. "Mony Mony" (Downtown Mix) – 5:01
  3. "Hot in the City" (Exterminator Mix) – 5:09
  4. "Dancing with Myself" (Uptown Mix) – 5:57
  5. "Flesh for Fantasy" (Below the Belt Mix) – 7:04
  6. "To Be a Lover" (Mother of Mercy Mix) – 6:49
  7. "Love Calling" (Rub a Dub Dub Mix) – 5:33
  8. "Catch My Fall" (Remix Fix) – 4:56

1988 Japan edition (which contains 3 different mixes/songs marked *)[edit]

  1. "White Wedding" (Parts I & II) [Shotgun Mix] – 8:20
  2. "Mony Mony" (Hung Like A Pony Mix)* – 7:00
  3. "Hot in the City" (Exterminator Mix) – 5:10
  4. "Dancing with Myself" (Uptown Mix) – 5:59
  5. "Flesh for Fantasy" (Below the Belt Mix) – 7:04
  6. "To Be a Lover" (Mother of Mercy Mix) – 6:48
  7. "Love Calling" (Rub a Dub Dub Mix) – 5:33
  8. "Catch My Fall" (Remix Fix) – 4:56
  9. "Shakin' All Over" (Live)* – 4:39
  10. "Mony Mony" (Live)* – 4:06

Certification[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum 1,000,000
United Kingdom Platinum 300,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Steve Huey. "Vital 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. ^ Greg Prato (1955-11-30). "Billy Idol | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-09.