Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Billy Idol: Rebel Yell

MTV loved Billy Idol. He looked good on video. He also had the sense to hire a hotshot guitar player named Steve Stevens to collaborate with.

Stevens looked good on video, too. In 1983 they teamed up to produce Rebel Yell, an album full of poppy hard rock that was dance-able, had songs that sounded great on the radio in addition to looking great on video, and basically was solid from top to bottom.

I loved some of the stuff that was a little more experimental where Stevens got to flash those guitar hero chops, songs like Eyes Without A Face and Flesh For Fantasy, Blue Highway, Catch My Fall, The Dead Next Door, and of course the anthemic title track are all cool cuts, too.

I don’t listen to Billy Idol much anymore, but taking a trip back to the glory days of MTV isn’t the same without that peroxide hairdo and that sneering lip that went with the spiked glove waving defiantly in the air.

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