Billy Idol started his musical life in the punk rock scene in the 70’s with band Generation X. The band released 3 albums but the English rock star was better known as a solo star, with popular videos played regularly on MTV, such as 'White Wedding' and 'Dancing With Myself'.
Idol, born in Stanmore, Middlesex, in 1955, gained his moniker after a school teacher labelled him idle. Second album, Rebel Yell really set the charts ablaze, born in the UK, and the States where he became a major star. However in 1990, he suffered a setback in the form of a motorcycle accident in Hollywood, nearly losing a leg. In 1994 he overdosed twice, subsequently fully recovering after a stint in rehab.
By 1996 he was back in The Who live version of Quadrophenia and he played himself in the movie starring Adam Sandler The Wedding Singer, which also featured White Wedding as the title track.
In 2005, Idol released his first studio album in 12 years: Devil's Playground and returned to the live scene at Download Festival.
Idol continues to tour and in 2008 released a greatest hits album: The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.
For The Record:
Born William Broad on November 30, 1955, in Stanmore, England; son of a salesman; children: Willem Wolf Broad.
Singer, songwriter; formed Chelsea in 1976; started Generation X soon after and released three albums, including seven hit singles; moved to New York in 1981, released mini LP; hooked up with guitarist Steve Stevens and released debut LP, 1982; has since recorded three more and a greatest hits package; released Charmed Life, 1990, and Cyberpunk, 1993; appeared in the Wedding Singer, 1998; performed on VH1, leading to the release of VH1 Storytellers, 2002; reunited with guitarist Steve Stevens and released Devil's Playground, 2005.
Don't Stop (mini LP), Chrysalis.
(With Generation X) Generation X, Chrysalis, 1977.
(With Generation X) Valley of the Dolls, Chrysalis, 1979.
(With Generation X) Kiss Me Deadly, Chrysalis, 1981.
Billy Idol, Chrysalis, 1982.
Rebel Yell, Chrysalis, 1983.
Whiplash Smile, Chrysalis, 1986.
Vital Idol, Chrysalis, 1987.
Charmed Life, Chrysalis, 1990.
Cyberpunk, Capitol, 1993.
VH1 Storytellers, Capital, 2002.
Devil's Playground, Sanctuary, 2005.
Source: Wendy Gabriel, eNotes.
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