The 1980's were very kind to Billy Idol. He probably picked up more chicks with that bleach blond spikey hair than Woody Allen in an Asian food market.
1981 was the time where Billy Idol broke away from England to make a name for himself in the United States as a solo artist. From 1977-1980, Billy was front man for the legendary punk band Generation X, which released 3 fantastic albums, including their Kiss Me Deadly record, where Dancing With Myself was originally released. Don't Stop was Billy Idol's first US recorded 4-song EP he released in 1981... and it put Billy on the map in a huge way. Dancing With Myself and Mony Mony were ripping up the music charts and fans wanted more more more (get it?).
Incredibly, the self-titled Billy Idol album from 1982 is fantastic as well, yielding the beginnings of a hit factory for dance club hits that will make Billy a rock superstar, a live performance legend and for myself, a die hard fan to this day. Hot In the City and White Wedding the big hits from this album, and he was the new poster child for the fledgling music video channel MTV thanks to the gothic inspired videos for Dancing With Myself and White Wedding.
White Wedding Parts 1 & 2
Looking back at 1982, the idea of doing a totally new remix for a rock and roll song was really a vacant or non-existant concept and in my opinion, Billy Idol invented it with this 12" single for White Wedding. The other thing you really did not see was a separate 12" single with remixes on it, and Billy takes it to a whole new level by releasing a limited edition White Vinyl 12" for White Wedding! The best word to initially describe the White Wedding parts 1 & 2 remix is "Hilarious" ... the first 3:35 of the 12" is the original song, which then transitions into a polka party organ solo that I can only guess sounded cool when they were originally jamming around in the studio, but in reality was utterly cheesey. By the time we get to the 5 minute mark is where the remix gets back on track, and has just the drum and sequencer parts with Billy's tight vocal, and then Steve Steven's slowly brings the guitars back in and you will be grooving out for the rest of the record. Billy adds some improvised "Dy-No-Mite!" and "Killers!" to keep you pumping your fist. The ultra cool thing for me was finding the white vinyl of this the first time I ever went to a record convention and being blown away that I had something rare and unique. I have to say, if you want to collect Billy Idol on vinyl, he has a very large amount of picture discs that are so much fun to find and collect! For the schlocky factor you must find and add to your collection, for the history of it being the first real remix 12" single and colored vinyl to boot, it is a must have for any Billy Idol fan out there. -ChrisModem 4/5 Stars