Billy Idol (album)

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Billy Idol
Billy Idol 1982.jpg
Studio album by Billy Idol
Released 16 July 1982
Recorded 1981–82
Westlake Recording Studios
Length 39:51
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol chronology
Don't Stop
Billy Idol
Rebel Yell
Alternative cover
Cover for the 1983 reissue of the album.
Singles from Billy Idol
  1. "Hot in the City"
    Released: 27 May 1982
  2. "White Wedding"
    Released: 23 October 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Smash Hits 1/10[3]

Billy Idol is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol, released on 16 July 1982 by Chrysalis Records. After his departure from the band Generation X and the release of his first solo extended play, Don't Stop (1981), Idol began working on his debut album. Produced by Keith Forsey, Billy Idol is a rock album with strong influences of new wave music.

Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success, peaking at number forty-five on the Billboard 200. Billy Idol was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Three singles were released from the album: "Dancing with Myself" was already released in 1981 as Idol's debut single. The lead single, "Hot in the City", peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard 100. "White Wedding" was released as the album's second single. After it peaked at number three on Mainstream Rock chart in 1983, the album was reissued with an addition of the earlier single "Dancing with Myself". The song "White Wedding (Part 1)" is so-named due to the less-heard "White Wedding (Part 2)", which is a more synthesiser-based continuation of the first part. It can be heard on the 12-inch version of the single and the compilation Vital Idol (1985).

Track listings[edit]

Billy Idol (1982)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Come On, Come On"   4:00
2. "White Wedding" (Part 1)
  • Idol
3. "Hot in the City"  
  • Idol
4. "Dead on Arrival"  
  • Idol
5. "Nobody's Business"  
  • Idol
6. "Love Calling"   4:48
7. "Hole in the Wall"  
  • Idol
8. "Shooting Stars"  
  • Idol
  • Stevens
9. "It's So Cruel"  
  • Idol
  • Philip Hawk
10. "Congo Man" (Reprise of "Love Calling")
  • Idol
Total length:
Billy Idol (1983 reissue)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Dancing with Myself"  
Total length:

Credits and personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200 45
Australian Albums Chart 66
New Zealand Albums Chart 5
Swedish Albums Chart 49


Country Certification Sales
United States Gold 500,000


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Billy Idol - Billy Idol", AllMusic, All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Billy Idol", Robert Christgau, 10 August 1993. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  3. ^ Bostock, David. Smash Hits, p. 23, 8–21 July 1982. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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