Give A “Rebel Yell” For Billy Idol’s Birthday

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday to ’80s rocker [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Billy Idol[/lastfm]!

And to celebrate, Jack FM is dyeing Davey the Intern‘s hair platinum blonde!

Don’t worry, Davey… that burning sensation will go away… eventually.

Born William Michael Albert Broad, Billy Idol first got his start in 1976 as lead singer of the British punk rock band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Generation X[/lastfm].  They released three moderately successful albums in the U.K.  before calling it quits in 1981.

Following the breakup, Billy Idol moved to New York in pursuit of a solo career and released the four-song EP Don’t Stop later that year.  Don’t Stop peaked at #71 on the charts and featured the singles “Mony Mony” and “Dancing with Myself.”  The latter was a song Billy recorded with his former band, and it landed at #2 on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Buzz began to build around the blonde-headed rocker, and in July 1982, he released his much-anticipated debut album.  Billy Idol was a hit in the U.S., selling over 500,000 copies and producing singles such as “Hot in the City” and “White Wedding.”  The two charted in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “White Wedding” was also a Top 5 smash on rock radio.

Billy Idol’s biggest success came in 1983 with the release of his second album, Rebel Yell.  It spent 70 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at #6.  Four of its singles impacted both the pop and rock charts:  “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without a Face,” “Flesh for Fantasy” and “Catch My Fall.”

Whiplash Smile was released in ’86, with Charmed Life coming four years later.  That album produced one of Billy Idol’s biggest hits in the States, “Cradle of Love.”  Featured on The Adventures of Ford Fairlane soundtrack, “Cradle of Love” went to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, becoming his only single to do so.  The music video, directed by David Fincher, proved to be rather popular as well.  It won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.  “Cradle of Love” is Jack’s Song of the Day.

Since then, Billy Idol has continued to record and perform.  His most recent release was the 2008 compilation album The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.  And just last month, he embarked on a short tour through California.

Check out Billy Idol performing “Dancing with Myself.”  Does this song remind anybody else of that scene in Can’t Buy Me Love where Cindy Mancini totally outs Dr. McDreamy at the New Year’s Eve party?

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