The man who would become Billy Idol, William Michael Albert Broad, was born in England in 1955. Throughout high school, William taught himself how to play guitar and started singing in low-key local bands. He chose attending university over working for his father, and soon began playing guitar in a band that gigged largely in the school cafeteria.
In 1976, William and several other musicians formed Generation X, which released songs including “Youth Youth Youth” and “Ready Steady Go.” That same year, William Broad was reborn as Billy Idol. With his star-catching name and head full of peroxide spikes, Idol was an instant rock star.
In 1980, Generation X split, but Idol and a fellow band mate continued as Gen X. Their song “Dancing With Myself” did not break any sales records at the time of its’ initial release, but it created a remarkable stir in clubs throughout the world. After the commercial failure of their first album, Gen X/Generation X came to an end.
In 1981, Idol re-started his life in America, where “Dancing With Myself” had cleared a path for him. The song was re-released as an Idol solo release, followed shortly by “Mony Mony.” Idol’s move to the U.S. coincided with the launch of MTV, and he was soon a familiar a face on American TV screens.
By the end of the 1980s, Idol had numerous platinum albums and worldwide sold-out tours to his name. He garnered three Grammy nominations, one MTV Video Music Award (and 10 nominations), and a prestigious Brit Award. He racked up an extraordinary run of hits, including “White Wedding,” “Hot In The City,” “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh for Fantasy,” “Catch My Fall” and “To be A Lover.” In 1987, his recording of “Mony Mony” reached #1 in the Billboard singles charts and “Cradle of Love” reached #2 in 1990.
In the 1990s and beyond, Idol released two of his most noteworthy records: 1993’s Cyberpunk and 2005’s Devil’s Playground. In the new millennia he published his autobiography, Dancing With Myself, and released his latest album, Kings & Queens of the Underground.
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