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Cyberpunk

Billy Idol Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 Sep 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000003JCF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untitled
2. Wasteland
3. Untitled
4. Shock To The System
5. Tomorrow People
6. Adam In Chains
7. Neuromancer
8. Power Junkie
9. Untitled
10. Love Labours On
11. Heroin
12. Untitled
13. Shangrila
14. Concrete Kingdom
15. Untitled
16. Venus
17. Then The Night Comes
18. Untitled
19. Mother Dawn
20. Untitled

Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK & Europe 1993

1Intro1:01
2Wasteland4:35
3Interlude0:19
4Shock To The System3:33
5Tomorrow People5:07
6Adam In Chains6:24
7Neuromancer4:36
8Power Junkie4:46
9Interlude0:27
10Love Labours On3:53
11Heroin6:57
12Interlude0:22
13Shangri La7:24
14Concrete Kingdom4:52
15Interlude0:38
16Venus5:47
17Then The Night Comes4:37
18Interlude0:25
19Mother Dawn5:03
20Outro0:56

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful exploration of cyberpunk 2 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
When in 1993 Billy Idol released his "Cyberpunk" album, it was met with, at best, mixed reviews. A real shame; perhaps it was simply ahead of its time. Not being an Idol fan when I first heard it, but being very interested in the cyberpunk phenomenon and SF in general, it quickly grew on me. "Cyberpunk" is an organic album, ranging from energetic rock to softer, more contemplative songs, effortlessly immersing the listener in an all too plausible near future ruled by mega-corporations and the struggle for survival in the industrial wastelands.
Maybe it is time for audiences and critics alike to rediscover Cyberpunk; maybe this time they'll be ready for it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A futuristic stomper 13 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It really is an under-rated album. To start with, this is NOT Billy Idol as you may know him, and yet it is. If y'ask me, it's a beautiful mix of rock ("Shock to the system", "Then the night comes"), dance/techno (the 'cover' of The Velvets' "Heroin", "Neuromancer"), soul ("Mother Dawn"), trance ("Adam In Chains") and experimenting with sound ("Venus"). The segues (bits between the songs) keep things interesting, and keep the concept(-album) together. I'm not much of a Billy Idol-fan, but whenever I *do* put it on, I listen to it from start to finish. And that is its strength.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is by far the most underrated Billy Idol album out there. Probably only due to the fact that the sound was a bit 'different' at the time of the release. Sure, father of punk was trying to bring music to the next level by making this futuristic sounding record. Would've been easier to release today (if a bit of remixing / remastering was applied). This album was just ahead of its time sound wise, and that is the reason why it failed. And just like Idol said himself in an interview when commenting this: "They just won't let you make an alternative album". I agree with that; this was too alternative at the time. It probably still is, for most people.
However, if you manage to look beyond the sound barrier and consider the songs themselves you might as well discover that you will get carried away by some of the catchy pop / dance / rock / alternative hooks on this album. Some of the songs are really good, and that is the most essential thing.
Although I enjoy the coolness of the sound and find it refreshing, I don't expect everyone to do so. But please, at least, consider the songs. Turn up da volume, get a gin and tonic and rock da house!!! See you all in cyberspace. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grossly under-rated album 6 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
Okay, maybe it's because Billy Idol has always been taken rather tongue in cheek by most people, maybe it's because it was released just as Cyberpunk was becoming unpopular, perhaps it's because Idol tried something different from his usual crop.
Whatever the reasons, Cyberpunk is a concept album that works, and they're aren't many that do, from start to finish you are hurtled into a variety of music styles, all capturing the essence of the Cyberpunk style. From rock to eletronic, the album has a little of everything.
It isn't perfect, Cher pops up for a song (which is never pleasent), but it's well produced, well written and pretty consistent.
Give it a go, you could do a lot worse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idol's best. 11 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'Cyberpunk' is Billy Idol's forgotten masterpiece. A concept album based on William Gibson's 'Necromancer' sci-fi classic that is a mix of metal, dance, ambience and trance, all with Idol's unmistakeable vocal sneer. Mark Younger Smith pulls off a variety of great guitar parts that enhance the modern nature of this work.
Take a chance, you won't be disappointed,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated album in the world...ever? 8 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
ahhh, good old Billy Idol and the concept album no-one bought...
If you ask me, i'd rate this as one of the best albums in my collection. I bought it when i was too young to know what the term "concept album" meant, and to be honest, the reason why i bought it was 'cos I liked his older stuff and thought it'd be more of the same. Well, i was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a remarkable album; combining rock with electronica, (interesting) vocals and some really good instrumentals. The intros between the songs reinforce the concept. In one word-great. Admittedly, it's not for everyone. But, you can get it for a bargain price these days-buy it! Otherwise, you won't know what you've missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CyberBill 19 Dec 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The greatness of this album is almost lost by virtue of the fact that it is a massive departure from Bill's usual style and the fact that hardcore fans would tend to dismiss it as being "out of character" since it is a concept album.
At the time of release, the album was massively underplugged by the record company and suffered badly from lack of any hit singles.
The album covers a wide range of stlyes from the ballady "Love labours on" to the ambient masterpiece "Shangrilla". Ardent Bill fans will enjoy the more rocky mindscapes such as "Shock to the system" and "Power junkie".
I am not a huge fan of concept albums but Bill manages to pull this one off beautifully. This should have been the album to make people sit up and take notice of the talent us fans knew the man had all along. As it is, this jewel is just a well kept secret among those of us who appreciate good music when we hear it.
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