Billy Idol is back

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You are the lock he is the key
Climb up his lemon tree
You are the one, you're all he needs
you are his little queen
You know just what he means
CLIMB UP HIS LEMON TREE!!!.

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 12 March 2005 22:53 (fifteen years ago) link

i was gonna go see him, he's touring with steve stevens, but thirty five bucks? no way dude

j blount (papa la bas), Saturday, 12 March 2005 22:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Still on the cutting edge of the Internet like he was in 1993, I see. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 12 March 2005 22:55 (fifteen years ago) link

don't front on "Shock To The System", bro.

Al (sitcom), Saturday, 12 March 2005 22:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I must admit this sounds a leeeetle like "Rebel Yell"

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:05 (fifteen years ago) link

and on eighth listen, I've realized he's not saying "you're what I need."

it's "you're on your knees."

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Coincidentally, we had this exchange earlier today:

Well, I am a bigtime 80s fan, but I agree with a lot of his critizism of the late 80s, because that's basically the part of the 80s he critizises. The world does not need a hair metal revival!

-- Geir Hongro (geirhon...), March 12th, 2005.

Strictly speaking, the world doesn't need most of the recorded music in existence. but guess what? Lots of people enjoyed hair metal back in the day, and are more than happy to plunk their money down to see Vince Neil & Co. recreate their high school soundtrack, and who's to say that they shouldn't? The bombast and OTT-ness of a lot of 80s music is what makes it fun.

-- Tantrum (tantrumtheca...), March 12th, 2005.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:09 (fifteen years ago) link

have a slice of my lemon pie
one more will get you high
you want to know you want to see
how much you can see
you are the one, you are the tease
you want my demon seed

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:11 (fifteen years ago) link

how much you can SQUEEZE, sorry

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:11 (fifteen years ago) link

this is the best song i've heard this year

Ian Astbury (miccio), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Billy turns 50 in november!!! AWOOO!!!

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I like the recurring metaphor of the "walnut lawn":

WAAALLLNIGHT, WALNUT LAWN!

It complements the lemon tree metaphor. Woman is earth, man tree. Woman lawn, man fruit. Woman walnut, man pie. A primeval harmony.

Momus (Momus), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:32 (fifteen years ago) link

pie!

teeny (teeny), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, it's clear that Billy's no slouch when it comes to keeping his ear to the ground; the pie theme is a clear tip o' the lip to Wiley's seminal grime track Pies.

Momus (Momus), Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Billy turns 50 in november!!! AWOOO!!!

And have you seen him recently?? Dude looks like he's 22 still.

PB, Saturday, 12 March 2005 23:54 (fifteen years ago) link

$35 for Billy is a hell of a lot better than the $75 they're trying to charge for Motley Crue...

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 13 March 2005 03:17 (fifteen years ago) link

no Motley Crue fan could ever afford that

Vestigal Appendages, Esq. (King Kobra), Friday, 25 March 2005 23:27 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a track on his new album, evidently, called "YELLING AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE".

Yeah, I know he's Billy Idol and yeah, I know he's a washed-up, pathetic has-been, and yeah I know the 80's are long over....BUT, C'MON PEOPLE -- "YELLING AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE"? HOW COULD THAT NOT BE ANYTHING BUT COMPLETELY BRILLIANT???

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 1 April 2005 01:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Billy is ace. I'm still creeped out by 'Cradle Of Love' but he's just one of those guys I always end up giving the benefit of the doubt...I don't know if that's just because I like his old stuff so much, or because he's
such a lad in real life. Shrug. Oh and they have the sample of that Christmas Tree song on Amazon. It's kind of hilarious, and strange.

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 1 April 2005 02:16 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Christ, did anyone see this guy on Conan the other night?? He and his band played like 2 songs (which went so long they got cut off by the credits...), and during the second -- "White Wedding" -- eventually took his shirt off...........I mean, this guy is JACKED. He's more cut than Justin Timberlake.....he's like the white 50 Cent.

Somebody post a screen shot, please.

PB, Thursday, 26 May 2005 20:18 (fifteen years ago) link

billy is the only one who ever understood

mark s (mark s), Thursday, 26 May 2005 20:22 (fifteen years ago) link

How's the album doing? I've only heard the single about lemon trees.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 26 May 2005 20:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Hi everybody,

check this out :

http://www.devilsplayground.tv/media/downloadview.asp?MediaID=189&CategoryID=33&FileID=276
http://www.50centaccess.com/images/50.gif

"I'll take you to the candy shop
I'll let you lick the lollipop
Go ahead girl, don't you stop
Keep going til you hit the spot, whoaa"

Appart from their bodies similarities, they both have a weird mouth, don't you think ?

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2004/11/15/amabillyidol_gallery__291x550.jpg
http://www.zulu-media.de/50cent/pictures/20.jpg

But seriously, I'm a huge fan of Billy Idol (music and body), and I can't wait to see him performing live !

Poison(Ivy) (PoisonIvy), Friday, 27 May 2005 09:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Christ, did anyone see this guy on Conan the other night?? He and his band played like 2 songs (which went so long they got cut off by the credits...), and during the second -- "White Wedding" -- eventually took his shirt off...........I mean, this guy is JACKED. He's more cut than Justin Timberlake.....he's like the white 50 Cent.
Somebody post a screen shot, please.

-- PB (non...), May 26th, 2005.
that first songs sounded like neil diamond's " cherry , cherry"

rebel old yeller, Friday, 27 May 2005 12:24 (fifteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

New album produced by Trevor Horn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwQ3VUK8e2s

timellison, Friday, 31 October 2014 03:22 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

billy idol is 60

mookieproof, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 00:42 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

is there any other massive 80s figure with a lower modern profile these days? nobody gives a fuck about this guy, no crit rehab, no "ironic" nostalgia/appreciation

Οὖτις, Friday, 22 January 2016 22:51 (four years ago) link

Singer in my band wants to cover Rebel Yell. I'm really trying not to.

Retro novelty punk (Dan Peterson), Friday, 22 January 2016 22:59 (four years ago) link

eyes without a face is still a jam tho

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Friday, 22 January 2016 23:02 (four years ago) link

full disclosure: I have zero interest in this guy. But I can remember as a kid that his hits were everywhere, he was a near ubiquitous presence - yet, one without diehard fans a la Madonna or Prince or Springsteen.

Οὖτις, Friday, 22 January 2016 23:04 (four years ago) link

http://mm.aiircdn.com/5/275359.png

seb mooczag (NickB), Friday, 22 January 2016 23:12 (four years ago) link

Idol shot a concept video for "Shock to the System". The video featured Idol being attacked by several police for trying to videotape them beating up someone on the street. It resembled the Rodney King beating that prompted the LA riots. Idol then turned into a cyborg that scared away the police.[citation needed]

new noise, Friday, 22 January 2016 23:19 (four years ago) link

he had a top 40 album in 2014!

new noise, Friday, 22 January 2016 23:21 (four years ago) link

Like Glasgow Jim, I rep for eyes w/o a face. Love that track.

major tom's cabin (Jon not Jon), Friday, 22 January 2016 23:25 (four years ago) link

^^^^

lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 22 January 2016 23:49 (four years ago) link

steal a car and go to las vegas

lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 22 January 2016 23:50 (four years ago) link

is there any other massive 80s figure with a lower modern profile these days? nobody gives a fuck about this guy, no crit rehab, no "ironic" nostalgia/appreciation

― Οὖτις, Friday, January 22, 2016 5:51 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think there's still a lot to be said about the weird interzone of punk and top 40 that he blazed the trail for and continues to be trod by Fall Out Boy, 5 Seconds of Summer, etc. but yeah he's pretty much been left behind as a caricature with a few radio staples. i wouldn't say he was as big as Madonna or fell from prominence any more than, like, Pat Benatar or Huey Lewis, though.

some dude, Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:10 (four years ago) link

i think pat benatar and huey lewis are beloved '80s icons to a degree that idol isn't these days, which is only odd in that i think a) his big songs remain as big as theirs in some ways, and b) he cultivated such a specific personality.

nomar, Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:15 (four years ago) link

I remember seeing a TRL when the Orgy cover of "Blue Monday" was huge. Carson Daly was asking the crowd outside what '80s hit should get covered next, and this cute girl shouted, ""White Wedding" by Billy Idol!".

I don't know why I remember that.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:35 (four years ago) link

Bryan Adams? INXS (ignoring the reality show which was 10 years ago anyway)?

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:40 (four years ago) link

I mean you still hear 3 or 4 of Adams' biggest hits on the radio, but in two decades and change I've never come across a single sincere or ironic appreciation or a pop culture allusion to any of them. Never heard anybody sing along with them either, never come across a single self-professed Bryan Adams fan. And he lasted until like 1996.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:50 (four years ago) link

Did you know that you can't look up Bryan Adams on Allmusic?

Austin, Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:53 (four years ago) link

He drew a decent crowd on a late-night stage at Bonnaroo a few years ago. With Steve Stevens still in tow. The kids all knew the hits, and he sounded pretty good. It was an oldies act, but not an embarrassing one.

Also, in re Bryan Adams, I bet there are a ton of women in their 40s with a Bryan Adams greatest hits disc that still gets regular play.

I suppose things are different in (continental) Europe. Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and Bryan Adams are very much forgotten here (at least as of this moment).

Billy's most classic track remains Eyes Without A Face, but his best album is by far Whiplash Smile - the one with To Be A Lover, Sweet Sixteen, and Don't Need A Gun on it. it's daring, arty and darkly engaging as hell. by the same token, the maligned Cyberpunk deserves a thorough rehabilitation as well.

the only albums of his I don't care about are the two latest comeback albums (ten years apart from one another) as I cannot fathom him for a skateboarding punk rock figure.

Max Florian, Saturday, 23 January 2016 02:10 (four years ago) link

in two decades and change I've never come across a single sincere or ironic appreciation or a pop culture allusion to any of them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpRNBA60bJ8

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 23 January 2016 02:41 (four years ago) link

Also, in re Bryan Adams, I bet there are a ton of women in their 40s with a Bryan Adams greatest hits disc that still gets regular play.

― something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Friday, January 22, 2016 8:06 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

One of the Voice Media writers did a stunt piece on that album Adams' put out through Wal Mart wherein they listened to it 11 times in a row (the album was called "11"). At some point they noted one of the songs was about an attractive older lady, which inspired the query "Is MILF Rock a thing?".

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 23 January 2016 04:09 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

https://i.imgur.com/5tEqZ1P.jpg

dafuq

calstars, Sunday, 22 November 2020 00:56 (six days ago) link


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