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When his punk band, Generation X, broke up in 1981, oft-sneering singer Billy Idol moved to New York City and made the transformation from scrawny punk-rocker to slightly less scrawny new-waver.
Released in 1981, his first solo-career EP, Don’t Stop (Number 74, 1983), contained two hits, though it would take some time for either of them to pay off:
His cover of Tommy James and The Shondells’ “Mony Mony” (Number One) would finally chart in the form of a liver version in 1987, while a remake of Generation X’s ode to onanism, “Dancing With Myself,” wouldn’t take off until 1983, when MTV placed its Mad Max-style video in heavy rotation.
Idol’s full-length debut, Billy Idol, must have come as a shock to those who had watched his early career in Britain: The lead-off track, “Hot In The City” sounded like Bruce Springsteen with a synthesizer (Idol’s guitarist and co-writer, Steve Stevens, also played keyboards).
And while the follow-up single, “White Wedding” was slightly more menacing, Idol had established himself as a Top 40 contender.
We stock an awesome Billy Idol Print.
Available in different sizes and printed on high quality 210gsm paper, you’ll find no unsightly pin holes, stains or creases.
In fact, they look like they could have come straight off the press from the original print run. Will look fantastic framed on your man cave, office, bar or living room wall.