Billy Idol – Idolize Yourself: The Very Best Of Billy Idol

Billy Idol - Idolize Yourself: The Very Best Of Billy Idol
BILLY IDOL
IDOLIZE YOURSELF: THE VERY BEST OF BILLY IDOL
Released 2008 (Capitol)

Track List:
01. Dancing With Myself
02. Hot In The City
03. White Wedding (Part 1)
04. Rebel Yell
05. Eyes Without A Face
06. Flesh For Fantasy
07. Catch My Fall
08. To Be A Lover
09. Don’t Need A Gun
10. Sweet Sixteen
11. Mony, Mony
12. Cradle Of Love
13. L.A. Woman
14. Shock To The System
15. Speed
16. World Comin’ Down
17. John Wayne
18. New Future Weapon
Deluxe Edition DVD (videos):
01. Dancing With Myself
02. Hot In The City (Uncensored Version)
03. White Wedding (Part 1)
04. Rebel Yell
05. Eyes Without A Face
06. Flesh For Fantasy
07. Catch My Fall
08. To Be A Lover
09. Don’t Need A Gun
10. Sweet Sixteen
11. Mony, Mony (Live)
12. Cradle Of Love (Extended Billy Idol Only Version)
13. L.A. Woman

Band:
Billy Idol – vocals
Steve Stevens – guitar
Brian Tichy – bass and drums
Derek Sherinian – keyboards

Review:
A lot of artists from the 80’s join the comeback-trip, and surprisingly in many cases they deliver an amazing record. Billy Idol has been around for some years now in his “second” career and what we’ve got with Idolize Yourself is yet another “Greatest Hits” collection.

  In my case this is fine, as I am not familiar with his past work except for “Rebel Yell” and “White Wedding”. It is no surprise that these two tracks are represented on Idolize Yourself, aside all of his many hit singles. For those not familiar with Billy Idol like me, he started out mixing New Wave with hints of Punk Rock, eventually changing more and more into a real rocker with Charmed Life. Those rock songs are where he really shines as his distinctive voice fits perfectly to Steve Steven‘s (also known for his work in Jerusalem Slim and Atomic Playboys) great guitar riffs.

  To my ears the second half of the disc is much stronger than the first half, probably because of the two stunning new tracks “John Wayne” (a ballad with sort of a U2 vibe) and “New Future Weapon” (a pure rocker), in which the latter especially is fantastic and in my opinion the best song on Idolize Yourself. Whether those two tracks along with the rare “Speed” are reason enough to get this disc (which as a special-edition comes with an accompanying DVD with all his video clips, complete with his trademark snarl/sneer) if you already own Idol‘s back catalogue I can’t say, but if you’re new to his music as I was this is recommended.

  If you can imagine a punky mixture between The Ramones, Hanoi Rocks and 80’s pop-music then you can figure out what Billy Idol sounds like. Now get a whole new album done Billy!

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Reviewed by Vige for Sleaze Roxx, July 2008.

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