Whiplash Smile

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Whiplash Smile
Studio album by Billy Idol
Released September 1986
Genre Hard rock, punk rock, new wave
Length 45:29
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol chronology
Vital Idol
(1985)
Whiplash Smile
(1986)
Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
(1988)
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 in 1986, it was supported by the singles "To Be a Lover", "Sweet Sixteen", and "Don't Need a Gun". "To Be a Lover" was the biggest hit from the album, peaking at No. 6 in the US, with the other two singles hitting the top forty in the US and around the world.[3] The album has been certified by RIAA platinum and by BPI platinum.

Though there was no title track, the album's title was mentioned on the single "Don't Need a Gun".

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Billy Idol, except where noted.
  1. "Worlds Forgotten Boy" – 5:43 (Idol/Stevens)
  2. "To Be a Lover" – 3:52 (William Bell, Booker T. Jones)
  3. "Soul Standing By" – 4:34
  4. "Sweet Sixteen" – 4:17
  5. "Man for All Seasons" – 4:39 (Idol/Stevens)
  6. "Don't Need a Gun" – 6:17
  7. "Beyond Belief" – 4:02
  8. "Fatal Charm" – 3:44 (Featured in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master) (Forsey/Idol/Stevens)
  9. "All Summer Single" – 4:36
  10. "One Night, One Chance" – 3:57 (Idol/Stevens)

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

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

Certification[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum 3,000,000
United Kingdom Platinum 300,000

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. ^ Album booklet material from The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself by Billy Idol, Capitol Records, 2008.
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austria Top 40 – Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the Library and Archives Canada website". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung (6 January 2012). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

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