Charmed Life (Billy Idol album)

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Charmed Life
Charmed Life cover.jpg
Studio album by Billy Idol
Released May 1990
Recorded 1989–1990
Genre Hard rock, new wave
Length 54:20
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol chronology
Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
Charmed Life
Singles from Charmed Life
  1. "Cradle of Love"
    Released: 17 April 1990
  2. "L.A. Woman"
    Released: July 1990
  3. "Prodigal Blues"
    Released: December 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Charmed Life is the fourth studio album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol, released in 1990 through Chrysalis Records.

"Cradle of Love" appeared on the soundtrack of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. The song was famous for its video, which won the 1990 MTV Video Music Award for "Best video from a film". The video, directed by David Fincher, involved Betsy Lynn George as a teenager who knocks at her neighbour's door and asks to play a tape, before stripping to the music.

The album's second single is a cover version of "L.A. Woman" by The Doors. Its video was also directed by Fincher.

Charmed Life has been certified platinum by the RIAA and Silver by BPI.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Loveless" (Idol, Mark Younger-Smith) – 4:17
  2. "Pumping on Steel" (Idol, Younger-Smith) – 4:42
  3. "Prodigal Blues" (Idol) – 5:41
  4. "L.A. Woman" (Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek, Morrison) – 5:29
  5. "Trouble with the Sweet Stuff" (Idol, Younger-Smith, Keith Forsey, Dave Concors) – 5:50
  1. "Cradle of Love" (Idol, David Werner) – 4:39
  2. "Mark of Caine" (Idol) – 4:33
  3. "Endless Sleep" (Dolores Nance, Jody Reynolds) – 3:13
  4. "Love Unchained" (Idol) – 4:41
  5. "The Right Way" (Idol) – 5:05
  6. "License to Thrill" (Keith Forsey, Idol) – 6:02

Charting album and singles[edit]


Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum 1,000,000
United Kingdom Silver 60,000



  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Charmed Life - Billy Idol". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ "CG: billy idol". Robert Christgau. 1993-08-10. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Album Reviews and Ratings". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  4. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 266. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.