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 album, sporting a photo from the "Dancing with Myself" video was originally released in Europe in 1985. It was 24 bit digitally remastered and expanded to feature the remix of "To Be a Lover" and reissued globally in 2002. This time, a photo from the live video for "Mony Mony" was used as the album cover.

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) – 5:56
  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) – 5:56

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.