Whiplash Smile

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Whiplash Smile
Studio album by Billy Idol
Released 15 October 1986
Recorded 1986
Right Track Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length 45:29
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol chronology
Vital Idol
(1985)
Whiplash Smile
(1986)
Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
(1988)
Singles from Whiplash Smile
  1. "To Be a Lover"
    Released: 23 September 1986
  2. "Don't Need a Gun"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Sweet Sixteen"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Whiplash Smile is the third studio album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol, released on 15 October 1986 by Chrysalis Records. The album is produced by Keith Forsey. Idol worked mainly with Steve Stevens writing the songs. Whiplash Smile is, despite the strong sales, considered Idol's less commercialy succesful album compared to his previous work. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.[3]

The album was supported by the singles "To Be a Lover", "Sweet Sixteen", and "Don't Need a Gun". "To Be a Lover" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 100, "Sweet Sixteen" at number 20 and "Don't Need a Gun" reached number 37.[4]

Whiplash Smile sold over 1 million copies and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Worlds Forgotten Boy"   5:40
2. "To Be a Lover"   3:51
3. "Soul Standing By"  
  • Idol
4:35
4. "Sweet Sixteen"  
  • Idol
4:14
5. "Man for All Seasons"  
  • Idol
  • Stevens
4:38
6. "Don't Need a Gun"  
  • Idol
6:15
7. "Beyond Belief"  
  • Idol
4:00
8. "Fatal Charm"  
3:51
9. "All Summer Single"  
  • Idol
4:33
10. "One Night, One Chance"  
  • Idol
  • Stevens
3:52
Total length:
45:29

Credits and personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Austrian Albums Chart[5] 18 14
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 6
German Albums Chart[7] 9
New Zealand Albums Chart[8] 5 31
Norwegian Albums Chart[9] 12 5
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 4 7
Swiss Albums Chart[11] 4 20
UK Albums Chart[12] 8 20
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 6 9

Certification[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum 1,000,000
United Kingdom Gold 100,000

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Keith Forsey
  • Recording Engineers: Dave Concors, Debi Cornish, Neil Dorfsman, Moira Marquis, Bill Miranda, Steve Tjaden, Dave Wittman
  • Mixing Engineer: Gary Langan
  • Assistant Mixing Engineer: Craig Vogel
  • Mastering: George Marino

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Whiplash Smile". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "CG: billy idol". Robert Christgau. 10 August 1993. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Whiplash Smile - Billy Idol | Awards", AllMusic
  4. ^ "Whiplash Smile - Billy Idol | Awards", AllMusic
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austria Top 40 – Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Library and Archives Canada website". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung (6 January 2012). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

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