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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by blowtorch, Mar 1, 2021.
White Wedding all day for this guy
Thanks Ron.....I was just going through all the replies, wondering if anyone was gonna say Cradle of Love before I could. I like nearly all Billy Idol, but Cradle wins by a nose.
White wedding, for sure. How many times has this happened in reality.. back in a time where people cared about keeping up appearances
Rebel Yell had a much cooler solo.
I was a big Generation X fan. Always felt his solo career was somewhat of a joke.
Many people aren't aware that Billy was offered Don't You Forget About Me before Simple Minds. Don't know if he would have been featured in Breakfast Club film, but he declined. He has performed it live, with Steve on guitar.
Cradle of Love is maybe the one Billy Idol song that I simply can't stand.
I saw him a couple of years ago with Kings of Chaos. Monster player, chain smoked Marlboros on stage all night.
Yeah that song was written expressly for his voice by Keith Forsey, who had a huge hand in the sound on Billy's classic albums
Why am I not surprised you would say that, BT?
I believe Billy and Simple Minds shared the same producer, Keith Forsey.
rebel yell for me. i love the way it rocks.
honestly i don't strive to be contratian, that song is just so dumb to me
Had no idea, thanks for sharing. Some other notables passed as well (via Wiki):
The song was written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff while scoring The Breakfast Club. Both were Simple Minds fans and wrote the song with the band in mind. Forsey played a demonstration for the band's label, A&M Records, which invited him to meet the band backstage after one of their "Tour du Monde" shows in the U.S. However, A&M did not notify Simple Minds that Forsey would appear, and the band declined the offer of the song despite Forsey's enthusiasm for them.
Forsey next offered "Don't You (Forget About Me)" to Bryan Ferry, then to Billy Idol, whom Forsey was producing at the time, but both declined.[a] The record company suggested Corey Hart, who had a hit at the time with "Sunglasses at Night", but Forsey did not think Hart would be the right singer for the song. Fixx lead singer Cy Curnin also passed.
According to Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr, the band was reluctant to record the song, as they felt they should only record their own material. "We are Simple Minds - we don't do songs that sound like Simple Minds. We are Simple Minds. We do our own songs," he recalled to the BBC in 2018. The band also were frustrated that their attempts to find success in the U.S. market had not succeeded in getting them significant radio airplay, and did not see how recording the song would turn out any better.
I'd completely forgotten that Forsey wrote that!
It honestly sounds like it could've been written for/recorded by Debbie Gibson. The movie it was in was also terribad.
Rebel Yell anytime.....
I saw Billy Idol play at the Bridge School Concert in 2001, just weeks after 9/11. Everyone was down and the billing was loaded with depressed people (who are great, but not what I needed that day): Ben Harper, REM, Pearl Jam, Tracy Chapman. Then Billy Idol played Rebel Yell and all was right in the world for about 4 minutes.
I like White Wedding but if I had to pick a favorite, I like Rebel Yell because it rocks hard the entire way through.