Billy Idol

Fri
12
Dec

BILLY IDOL - Kings & Queens Of The Underground (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
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Bitter Pill
Can't Break Me Down
One Breath Away
Postcards from the Past
Kings & Queens of the Underground
Produced By: 
Trevor Horn
Running Time: 
48
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Score: 
93
Label: 
BFI Records
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There’s something very satisfying about a veteran artist that releases a new album and just nails it. The planets and stars have aligned for Billy Idol on the occasion of his 7th all-new studio album. Yes, just seven since his debut back in 1982, but on Kings And Queens Of The Underground, Billy takes fans back to the sound of Rebel Yell and Whiplash Smile with long time creative partner, guitarist Steve Stevens.
This is just such a refreshing album.
 
Looking back Billy’s best material was never about being heavy, it was more about the attitude and mixing technology with hard edged guitar driven rock n roll.
That’s exactly what he does perfectly here again. Some programming, drumbeats, synth and the ever present Stevens adding precision guitar riffs, shreds and fills throughout.
Choosing high-tech producer Trevor Horn was genius as he has helped Billy re-create his past without repeating himself or sounding dated.
I will say the album slows a bit in the second half and the inclusion of the throwaway punk rocker Whiskey And Pills to close the album is a waste, but otherwise this is pretty flawless.
 
Bitter Pill (co-written with Eric Bazilian) and the pop driven Can’t Break Me Down are two of Billy’s best tunes ever in my opinion, I simply can’t shake them from my head.
Save Me Now is another moody throwback to Whiplash Smile and One Breath Away is a modernized version of the classic Idol sound.
Postcards From The Past is 'Rebel Yell' for a new generation and the autobiographical Kings & Queens Of The Underground is a joy to listen to.
 
The trio of tracks Eyes Wide Shut, Ghosts In My Guitar and Nothing To Fear all slow the tempo of the album down and kills the energy a little, but the mood and delivery are still very appealing.
Love And Glory is another mid-paced track, but the chorus is the standout for the second half of the album, not to mention a great vocal from Billy.
 

This album is an absolutely great statement from Billy, who may never make another album like this again. But at least he has now and he and Stevens really capture the energy of the past while never once sounding like they are trying to produce a carbon copy.
Very satisfying for those Idol fans left sometimes frustrated by his releases.
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Wed
10
Sep

BILLY IDOL Teams with Billboard For New Album Video Previews

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BILLY IDOL
PARTNERS WITH BILLBOARD.COM TO
PREMIERE FIRST EPISODE OF BEHIND-THE-SCENES WEB SERIES
FOR NEW ALBUM
'KINGS  & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND'

ALBUM OUT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21

CURRENT SINGLE 'CAN'T BREAK ME DOWN' OUT NOW


 
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Today, (9/9) BILLY IDOL has partnered with Billboard.com to premiere the first episode of the behind-the-scenes web series for KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND. Due out October 21 on IDOL's own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services, it marks his first new album in almost a decade.

Watch the revealing 'Billy Idol - Kings & Queens Of The Underground - Episode #1' here: http://bit.ly/1uiBKbY Pre-order now on iTunes and instantly download the first single "Can't Break Me Down" here: http://smarturl.it/billyidolitunes. Pre-order also available on Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/billyidolamz.

KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as a producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, 'Can't Break Me Down,'  now streaming at the new BillyIdol.net. The iTunes edition of the album will also exclusively include 'Hollywood Promises,' a new song recorded during the album sessions.

The album will arrive close to the release of BILLY IDOL's highly anticipated self-written autobiography, DANCING WITH MYSELF, which as previously announced will be released worldwide the week of October 7.


 
 
About BILLY IDOL:
From punk pioneer to global superstar, William Michael Albert Broad, aka BILLY IDOL, has left an indelible mark in popular music and remained a household name for over three decades.  His style, music, and attitude have transcended time and trend.  Born in 1955 in Stanmore, North London, IDOL spent several formative years living on Long Island, NY as a child before returning to the UK and emerging as a central figure of the British punk movement.  As part of the infamous Bromley Contingent and a fan of the Sex Pistols, IDOL was inspired to front the pioneering British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band's split in 1981. Determined to break through in America, IDOL hooked up with guitar genius Steve Stevens and a crucial musical partnership was forged. IDOL created some of rock's most enduring anthems including 'White Wedding,' 'Dancing With Myself,' 'Flesh For Fantasy,' 'Hot In the City,' 'Eyes Without A Face,' 'Rebel Yell,' and 'Cradle of Love,' among others.  BILLY IDOL is the original punk rocker who found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime.

 
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Wed
27
Aug

BILLY IDOL will release Kings & Queens Of The Underground October 21

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BILLY IDOL WILL RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
‘KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND’
ON OCTOBER 21

 
FIRST SINGLE “CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN” IS AVAILABLE NOW
WITH iTUNES PRE-ORDER--AND IS STREAMING ON THE
NEW BILLYIDOL.NET
 
Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND, his first new album in almost a decade, on October 21. The album will be released on IDOL's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. The track list for the new album is listed below.
 
             
 
KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as a producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, “Can’t Break Me Down.”  The single is now streaming at the new BillyIdol.net and will be delivered instantly to fans that pre-order the new album beginning today on iTunes.  The iTunes edition of the album will also exclusively include “Hollywood Promises,” a new song recorded during the album sessions. Fans can also pre-order the CD on Amazon.com beginning today.
 
The artwork for KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND (seen above) was designed by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey.
 
The album will arrive close to the release of BILLY IDOL’s highly anticipated self-written autobiography, DANCING WITH MYSELF, which as previously announced will be released worldwide the week of October 7.
 
IDOL and his band, including longtime collaborator and guitarist Steve Stevens, will launch a European Tour in November, the first of several legs of a World Tour that will continue into 2015.
 
Link to iTunes Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album: http://smarturl.it/billyidolitunes
Link to Amazon Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album: http://smarturl.it/billyidolamz
 
KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND TRACK LIST:
 
  1. Bitter Pill
  2. Can’t Break Me Down (listen at BillyIdol.net)
  3. Save Me Now
  4. One Breath Away
  5. Postcards From The Past
  6. Kings & Queens Of The Underground
  7. Eyes Wide Shut
  8. Ghosts In My Guitar
  9. Nothing To Fear
  10. Love And Glory
  11. Whiskey And Pills
BILLY IDOL 2014 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES (more to be announced)
 
Nov 05            
Birmingham, UK
O2 Academy
Nov 09            
London, UK
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Nov 10           
Manchester, UK
O2 Apollo
Nov 12           
Stuttgart, DE
Porsche Arena
Nov 13           
Frankfurt, DE
Jahrhunderthalle
Nov 16         
Amsterdam, NL
Heineken Music Hall
Nov 18           
Dusseldorf, DE
Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov 19           
Brussels, BE
Royal Circus
Nov 21           
Nuremberg, DE
Arena
Nov 22           
Lucerne, CH
Messe Lucerne
Nov 23         
Milan, IT
Fabrique
 
About BILLY IDOL:
From punk pioneer to global superstar, William Michael Albert Broad, aka BILLY IDOL, has left an indelible mark in popular music and remained a household name for over three decades.  His style, music, and attitude have transcended time and trend.  Born in 1955 in Stanmore, North London, IDOL spent several formative years living on Long Island, NY as a child before returning to the UK and emerging as a central figure of the British punk movement.  As part of the infamous Bromley Contingent and a fan of the Sex Pistols, IDOL was inspired to front the pioneering British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band’s split in 1981. Determined to break through in America, IDOL hooked up with guitar genius Steve Stevens and a crucial musical partnership was forged. IDOL created some of rock’s most enduring anthems including “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” “Hot In the City,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Rebel Yell,” and “Cradle of Love,” among others.  BILLY IDOL is the original punk rocker who found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime.

 
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