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      Billy Idol

      Billy Idol

      Highest Rated: 83% Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1955

      Birthplace: Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK

      Part of the British punk explosion with Generation X, singer Billy Idol became a surprise commercial success in America afterwards. Born William Broad in Middlesex, England, Idol lived in New York as a child when his parents moved there. After returning to England he completed high school and dropped out of the University of Sussex, becoming part of the "Bromley contingent"-a group of diehard fans who followed Sex Pistols gigs. Taking his stage name from a teacher who called him an idler, he briefly joined Chelsea as a guitarist and then cofounded Generation X with ex-Chelsea bassist Tony James. Flashy and hedonistic, the band specialized in shout-along anthems including "Wild Youth," "Ready Steady Go" and the Who comeback "Your Generation," all of which were UK hits. The band also got to work with one of its heroes, Ian Hunter who produced their more thoughtful second album Valley of the Dolls. The band shortened its name to Gen X before imploding in 1981. Idol then moved to New York and teamed with former Kiss manager Bill Aucoin. His solo debut was "Dancing With Myself," a remix of a Gen X single. Thanks to frequent club play it became one of the iconic dance-punk crossovers, though it was never technically a hit single. Not the case with his cover of Tommy James' "Mony Mony," which became a dance-club hit and later hit Number One on the Billboard singles chart when re-released in a live version. Idol was now working with hotshot guitarist Steve Stevens and drummer/producer Keith Forsey-previously a studio partner of disco innovator Giorgio Moroder. This team continued a string of hits including "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" and "Eyes Without a Face," all of which kept a foot in punk and a foot in modern dance music. Idol's trademark stage presence-bleached hair, bare chest, leather and chains-likewise represented a slicker version of his punk roots. Idol became an MTV fixture and even joined his earlier targets, the Who, for a charity performance of Tommy in 1989. The 1990 album Charmed Life was Idol's last major hit, spawning the singles "Cradle of Love" and a cover of the Doors' "L.A. Woman." Yet his career suffered from a couple of bad moves, including turning down Forsey's song "(Don't You) Forget About Me"-which then became a Number One for Simple Minds-and making the 1993 concept album Cyberpunk, a commercial and critical flop despite a high-profile marketing campaign. His personal life also took a downswing and in 1994 he was hospitalized in Los Angeles after overdosing on the psychoactive drug GHB. After a ten-year recording break, a cleaned-up Idol returned in 2005 with Devil's Playground, picking up where he'd left off with Stevens and Forsey. It was followed bizarrely enough by a Christmas album, Happy Holidays, on which Idol sang orchestrated seasonal tunes with no hint of irony. In another surprise move, Idol teamed in late 2018 with old Gen X partner Tony James and Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook, playing both bands' hits in a band called Generation Sex.

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      Billy Idol at arrivals for MOCA Benefit 2019, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA May 18, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Billy Idol in attendance for 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival - FRI, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV September 23, 2016. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection The Talk, from left: Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Billy Idol, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Julie Chen, 10/18/2010, ©CBS The Talk, from left: Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Kristine Johnson, Billy Idol, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Julie Chen, 10/18/2010, ©CBS The Talk, from left: Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Billy Idol, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Julie Chen, 10/18/2010, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy Idol: State Line - Live at the Hoover Dam Self - 2023
      83% No Score Yet Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC Self - 2022
      8% 36% Heavy Metal 2000 Odin (Voice) - 2000
      72% 80% The Wedding Singer Self $80.2M 1998
      17% 48% Mad Dog Time Lee Turner (Character) $102.9K 1996
      56% 79% The Doors Cat (Character) $32.7M 1991
      25% 67% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Original Song $19.9M 1990

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008 2014 2021
      No Score Yet 61% The Voice Music Performer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ozzy and Jack's World Detour Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundbreaking Self 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2014
      36% No Score Yet Glenn Martin, DDS Unknown (Guest Voice) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundstage Music Performer 2009
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1984