Billy Idol was always a punk at heart and as soon as he stepped into his twenties he joined a punk rock band. The band was called Siouxsie and the Banshees but very soon, he left this band to join Chelsea as a guitarist. This didn’t seem to work out for him either and he, with his band member Tony James formed Generation X. This time Idol was not a guitarist but was the lead vocalist. Generation X was an English punk-rock band that brought Billy Idol into the limelight. Generation X lasted for five years till it was disbanded in 1981. This was the beginning of Billy Idol’s solo career and his transition from a small time wild punk rocker to a big time international rock star with Elvis’s nostalgia. His Solo career rocketed with his EP Don’t Stop; it centered on hard rock songs like Mony Mony, Untouchables, Baby Talk and Dancing with Myself. This release not just ranked into the various charts but also created well-timed hype for Billy Idol’s forthcoming, debut solo album.
His self titled first album with hits like White Wedding and Hot in the City was well received. These singles of the album made him one of the popular stars of MTV. This album was his ticket to international fame. His second album Rebel Yell was thus a bigger success than his previous album. This album broke into the market in 1983 and got him nomination in the Grammys. It was a platinum success and many of its singles made it into the major music charts such as US hot 100 and Billboard 200. The singles like Flesh for Fantasy, Rebel Yell and Eyes without a Face were outrageously successful and were always playing on MTV.
This was the beginning of success in his solo career and he was the absolute superstar of the industry. These were the most glorious years of his musical life and he is still remembered for this album. To add to his glory was his third studio album release Whiplash Smile. The album created amazing hits like Don't Need a Gun, Sweet Sixteen and To Be a Lover. To Be a Lover was by far the most popular song of this album, peaking on various charts all over the world. His days of fame and fortune were short lived though as he had a very bad accident and he was seriously injured.
This setback didn’t affect his spirits and he was more enthusiastic than ever. He came up with a couple of albums after that including Devil's Playground, Charmed Life, Cyberpunk and Happy Holidays. His album Charmed life was one of the popular albums enjoying platinum success. He has also come up with four very successful compilation albums. The Vital Idol, Idol Songs and Greatest Hits are his platinum rated compilation albums reminiscing the very best of Idol. His music has been quite popular gaining attention equally on commercial front as well as by the critics. His presence in the punk rock world is hard to avoid; Billy Idol has truly been the idol for many with his amazing style sense and musical quality. Catch Billy Idol singing the best of his songs in a live concert with your Billy Idol Tickets now!