Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Hot in the City" by Billy Idol

Song#:  1089
Date:  07/03/1982
Debut:  77
Peak:  23
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Idol first had success with the UK punk band Generation X. Unlike most punk bands, they found inspiration in the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and British pop. With Idol as lead vocalist, they issued a few successful LPs and singles in the UK. After their breakup, Idol moved to the US to pursue a solo career. He issued an EP titled "Don't Stop" that featured a remixed version of the Gen X song "Dancing with Myself." The song's video was a popular MTV staple, but the single was unable to reach the pop chart. However, the EP was successful and it lead to his formal self-title debut album. This first single made the Top 30 and the album would eventually go gold.

ReduxReview:  I definitely gave this one a thumbs-down back then. It played like an annoyingly loud Springsteen track sung by a 2-pack-a-day, snotty, bad-boy singer. I've relented since then and I can appreciate it more now. I was never a huge Idol fan, but he did have some tasty hits in the 80s. I think folks kind of ignore this one in his catalog, but it plays well right alongside his bigger hits.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Idol's given name is William Michael Albert Broad. He got his stage name from a school teacher who would describe the young man as "idle." Initially, he wanted to go by Billy I.D.L.E., but thought that it might cause issues with Monty Python's Eric Idle. He then changed it to Idol and a rocker was born.


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