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Essential [2011]

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Billy Idol 10/31/2011

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As one of the first poster children of the MTV era, Billy Idol's iconic punk image has always been a little at odds with his music. While the spiky hair, perma-sneer, and studded leather jacket suggested rough living and raw sounds, Idol scored enormous mainstream success from the very beginning of his solo career, mostly with a moody, melodic sound that came much closer to hard-edged pop than gritty punk. Idol's most memorable moments in the early days came from the amalgam of catchy tunes -- crooned and yelped in his low rasp -- and unsettling video imagery. Essential focuses on Idol's seemingly endless string of hits from the early MTV era, including ubiquitous smashes like "White Wedding," "Eyes Without a Face," "Rebel Yell," and his solo version of "Dancing with Myself," a song he played first with his early band Generation X. With no shortage of early-'80s hits, post-'80s representation is limited to two tracks from 1990's Charmed Life and "Shock to the System, " the lead single from Idol's 1993 concept record Cyberpunk. ~ Fred Thomas
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rebel Yell Billy Idol 4:45
  3. 2 Hot in the City Billy Idol 3:34
  4. 3 White Wedding, Pt. 1 Billy Idol 3:31
  5. 4 Eyes Without a Face Billy Idol 4:8
  6. 5 Catch My Fall Billy Idol 3:40
  7. 6 Mony Mony [Edit] [Edit] Billy Idol 4:7
  8. 7 To Be a Lover Billy Idol 3:50
  9. 8 Sweet Sixteen Billy Idol 4:11
  10. 9 Flesh for Fantasy Billy Idol 3:46
  11. 10 Don't Need a Gun [Single Edit] [Edit] Billy Idol 4:26
  12. 11 Dancing with Myself Billy Idol 3:17
  13. 12 Blue Highway Billy Idol 5:4
  14. 13 Cradle of Love Billy Idol 4:36
  15. 14 Prodigal Blues Billy Idol 5:38
  16. 15 Shock to the System Billy Idol 3:34

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