Great Rock Albums of 1983: Billy Idol


I didn’t think I was ever going to post about this album. Twice it was up for next post but other things beyond my control meant that I needed to post about other albums. At least because of the delay, no one either picked up on my mistake or was too diplomatic to bust my chops over it. When I first announced that the 1983 album from “Billy Idol” was going to be visited, I put the album down as “White Wedding.” Ah, duh, I should have known better. The album is actually self titled with “White Wedding” being the song Billy is best known for. My mistake now takes away any right of mine to bust those who call Boston’s classic self titled album, “More Than a Feeling.” Okay, I now will stop feeling dumb.

“White Wedding” was the song that got my attention. When I first heard the song in May of 1983, I thought this song was really cool. There was that catchy riff with the guitar that made the song for me. Unfortunately, I can’t recreate it in print but those who’ve heard the song will know what I am talking about. I also liked this punk image, which was something the Marine Corps really hated and with less than two months to go in my enlistment, it was one way I could stick the finger up at them.

The already mentioned song turned my head to Idol but I have to say that I was and still am rather impressed with the debut album. “Hot in the City” is the other single and its not bad but I much prefer “White Wedding,” although both songs show that he does have a rather unique voice. Oh yes and I apologise for going off track for a moment but the version of this album I am speaking about is the 1983 re-issue and not the 1982 version. The reason why is so I can include the additional track on the album, which was released as a single later that year, “Dancing With Myself.” I do like that song too.

“Billy Idol” is a good hard rock album and it’s no surprise that, with his image, so many people branded it punk. I don’t give a flying fart (I’m going to use that expression a lot now because it impressed mikeledano) if it is punk, it’s a good album. Other tracks that definitely impressed me are “Dead on Arrival” and “Hole in the Wall” and “Nobody’s Business” is pretty good too.

Track Listing

  1. Come On, Come On
  2. White Wedding
  3. Hot in the City
  4. Dead on Arrival
  5. Nobody’s Business
  6. Love Calling
  7. Hole in the Wall
  8. Shooting Stars
  9. It’s So Cruel
  10. Congo Man
  11. Dancing With Myself
Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol- vocals, guitar

Steve Stevens- guitar

Phil Feit- bass

Steve Missal- drums

In 1983, Billy Idol gave me the different thing I was looking for because with only a few weeks left in the service, I was looking forward to becoming an individual again. This album helped provide that for me.

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5 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1983: Billy Idol”

  1. This is actually one of the few Billy Idol albums I never heard! I wonder if it was rare here, on cassette, in the late 80’s. My buddy Peter and I listened to Rebel Yell and Whiplash Smile a lot in the car, but not this one and I am guessing it’s because it was hard to find at that time. Because Peter is a huge Billy Idol fan, that was his favourite at the time.


  2. Having said that of course I know the singles; I have a Billy Idol hits CD too.


  3. I really like this one. I think Steve Stevens is a really great player.


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