Monday, July 24, 2017

"Catch My Fall" by Billy Idol

Song#:  2110
Date:  11/03/1984
Debut:  89
Peak:  50
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Idol's second full LP Rebel Yell would end up being his best selling studio disc. That was thanks to three Top 10 Rock tracks that included the #4 Pop hit "Eyes Without a Face." These were all followed up by this fourth single from the album. This time around the response was not as good and the song stopped at #24 at Rock and at the halfway point at Pop. This would be Idol's last US single for over two years. He would return with a new album late in '86.

ReduxReview:  This is a good pop/rock entry from Idol that nearly sounds like something the Psychedelic Furs might have done. I like the song, but it's not a strong candidate for a single. It just doesn't have the same memorability factor like his other hits. While it sounds nice when you listen to it, the song kind of fades away soon after. I always forget what the tune sounds like until I hear it again. It's a good album track that got turned into a mediocre single.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  While Idol would stay absent from the US market in 1985, he would end up having two Top 10 hits in his UK homeland. As a stop-gap between albums, a compilation titled Vital Idol was released in the UK and other countries. It was not issued in the US. The LP consisted of remixes of songs from Idol's previous albums. This included a remix of "White Wedding," a song that did not originally chart in the UK. To promote the remix album, the original version of "White Wedding" was reissued as a single. It took off and reached #6. As a follow-up, a reissue of "Rebel Yell" was released. Originally, the single got to #62 on the UK chart. The second time around it would get to #6. Both songs helped the Vital Idol collection go platinum in the UK. The US would see a release of Vital Idol later in 1987 with an additional track.


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