Kiss Me Deadly (album)

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Kiss Me Deadly
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Studio album by Generation X
Released Jan 1981
Genre Punk rock, post-punk, dance-punk
Length 37:59
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Generation X chronology
Valley of the Dolls
(1979)
Kiss Me Deadly
(1981)
The Best of Generation X
(1985)
Singles from Kiss Me Deadly
  1. "Dancing with Myself"
    Released: 3 Oct 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Kiss Me Deadly is the third studio album by English New Romantic band Gen X.[2][3] The band consisted of Billy Idol on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Tony James on bass guitar and Terry Chimes on drums.

On release Kiss Me Deadly failed to secure a place in the United Kingdom's Album Chart.[4] Gen X broke up in 1981 after the record's commercial failure.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP (1981)[edit]

All tracks written by Billy Idol and Tony James, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dancing with Myself"   3:45
2. "Untouchables" Idol 3:37
3. "Happy People"   4:28
4. "Heavens Inside"   2:56
5. "Triumph"   3:24
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Revenge"   4:19
2. "Stars Look Down"   4:39
3. "What Do You Want"   4:04
4. "Poison"   2:59
5. "Oh Mother" Idol, James, Terry Chimes 3:33
2005 Bonus CD Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Dubble" (B-Side to 1981 "Dancing with Myself" 12".)   8:28
12. "Loopy Dub" (B-Side to 1980 "Dancing with Myself" 12".)   5:04
13. "Ugly Dub" (B-Side to 1980 "Dancing with Myself" 12".)   3:07
14. "From the Heart (Live)" (From Live at the Paris Theatre '78 & '81.)   2:19
15. "Andy Warhol (Live)" (From Live at the Paris Theatre '78 & '81.) David Bowie 3:28

Production[edit]

Gen X was without a lead guitarist during the recording of the long-player and its guitar work features contributions from some of the best lead players from the post-punk London music scene who were at that time between bands, viz, John McGeogh and Steve Jones, Steve New and Danny Kustow, the latter two not being formerly credited on its sleeve.[5] (The guitarist James Stevenson is credited on the sleeve as being in the band, but joined after the long-player had been recorded and didn't contribute to the record).[6]

The song Heaven's Inside was written by Idol about Steve New,[7] who played the guitar tracks on the songs Dancing With Myself and Untouchables.[8]

Charts[edit]

Kiss Me Deadly on release failed to enter the UK Album Chart. Its only single release Dancing with Myself reached #62 in the United Kingdom's Singles Chart on a pre-release in October 1980 before the long-player (although it was later a hit for Billy Idol as a solo artist).

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Kiss Me Deadly at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Gen X* - Kiss Me Deadly". Discogs.com. 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  3. ^ George Gimarc. "Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982". Books.google.com. p. 313. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  5. ^ Entry for 'Kiss Me Deadly' L.P. on the 'Punky Gibbon website. http://www.punkygibbon.co.uk/bands/g/generationx_kiss.html
  6. ^ Interview with James Stevenson by Mariola Fiedorczuk, 'Ola's Cool Kitchen', Los Angeles radio, May 2014.
  7. ^ 'Mudkiss Fanzine', 'Bright Stars Burn Fastest', 2 October 2009. http://www.mudkiss.com/beastellabeast.htm/
  8. ^ Interview with Tony James in April 2002 for the 'Generation X Anthology' (2003)'. Entry for 'Kiss Me Deadly', 'Punky Gibbon' website. http://punkygibbon.co.uk/bands/g/generationx_kiss.html