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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: BFI Records
  • ASIN: B00MXIV7YU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release Kings & Queens Of The Underground, his first new album in almost a decade, on 20th October. The album will be released on Idol's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services.

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 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 7th October.

The artwork for Kings & Queens Of The Underground, above, was designed by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. Idol and his band, including long-time 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.

From punk pioneer to global superstar, William Michael Albert Broad, aka BILLY IDOL, has left an indelible mark on 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 was a central figure of the British punk movement. As part of the infamous Bromley Contingent, Idol fronted the pioneering 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 legendary musical partnership was forged. Idol has created some of rock's most enduring anthems including White Wedding, Dancing With Myself, Hot In the City, Eyes Without A Face and Rebel Yell. 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sime on 26 Oct. 2014
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This album really captures Billy Idol's strengths: the texture and tone of his voice, his brilliant guitarist (Steve Stevens), danceable tunes that also rock, along with an eccentricity which makes him unique. I liked the the last album (Devil's Playground) but it was way too heavy and grungy, not his style at all. This one harks back to his classic '80s sound but brings enough new elements to sound modern. It's beautifully produced and, unlike the last album, every instrument is allowed room to 'breathe'. It's a pretty mellow album with few all-out rockers but Billy does 'mellow' extremely well...this is 'Eyes without a Face' territory. Billy Idol and Steve Stevens is a tough combination to beat. Great record.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Benavente on 20 Oct. 2014
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This is Billy Idol in a great moment of inspiration, it's that simple! His voice is great, the production is excellent, guitar work is amazing, it's full of great songs ( Save Me Now is my favourite - an instant classic ), this album makes me feel like, after all, life is better than it's been to me lately.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bluesman on 20 Oct. 2014
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Let me tell you something. This album deserves more than 5 stars.

I was not a die hard fan. But in the middle of that long hair metal band era, I liked short haired Billy Idol. He had that unique iconic look, punk attitude and that unforgettable rock music. It has been really long time since White Wedding, Rebel Yell, Hot In The City, Mony Mony, Cradle Of Love. That was when I was (or we were) young. Few more other songs I ever knew of Billy from the early albums. Self titled (1982), Rebel Yell (1983), Whiplash Smile (1986) with Steve Stevens and Charmed Life (1990) with Mark Younger-Smith.

I was also aware of Steve Stevens' great album Atomic Playboys (1989) and a wonderful instrumental Flamenco A Go Go (1999). Yes! Steve, one of my favourite guitar players. Then I almost forgot about Billy Idol. I did not know of Cyberpunk (1993). I did not know of Devil's Playground (2005). I did not know of
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Secret Scribe on 23 Oct. 2014
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Billy Idol and Steve Stevens come roaring back. Idol's singing and lyrics are still epic and cheesy by turns (knowingly so - he is intelligent enough to be in on the joke of the monster he created and have some fun with the nostalgia of his persona's excesses), but the voice has added depth with the passing years. While Stevens' guitar licks are still to die for, melodic or squalling as the occasion demands (he is undoubtedly half of what makes 'Billy Idol' rock harder and truer than others, when he does...).

Standout tracks are 'Bitter Pill', 'Can't Break Me Down', 'Save Me Now', 'Ghosts in My Guitar' and ' Whiskey and Pills', but the others are growing on me. There is a conscious step away from the bubblegum punk of old, that was in danger of making Billy look ridiculous and clownish with advancing age. This is more reflective and serious fayre - all the better for it!

I must confess, I still need to listen a few more times for it to grab me as much as some earlier works, but there is a lot to like here.
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By Alexander Tate on 9 Jan. 2015
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Idol has successfully dug up a thirty year old bottle of peroxide hair dye and used CPR on the contents to create a classic sounding Billy Idol record.

After the catastrophic ‘Happy Holidays,’ Idol’s career was on a knife edge. Fortunately, he pulls back from the edge of the precipice with ‘Kings and Queens of the Underground.’ Idol eschews becoming a cartoon cliche of his past, as the mood here is a little reflective and more reserved.

The LP is more multi-faceted than you’d expect. There’s songs with a flash of flamenco and sensuality, some with a touch of slow, tense doom as Idol’s dusty musical attic is given a spruce by bandmates Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison.

Bitter Pill and lead single, Can’t Break Me Down, are evidence Idol is able to produce pop from his punk and brew up some fun. Energetic, pulsing synths are a prerequisite on an Idol/Stevens track, and their calling card is all over this record, peaking on Postcards from the Past. Where as the rather clumsy title track stumbles with all the deftness of a sixth form musical.

There’s dual PR at work as Idol’s autobiography hits stores just after the record, to suggest the songs are a companion piece would be, well, idle. But when writing your story at 60 it’s hard not to place such reminisces into song.

Love and Glory possesses trace elements of cinematic widescreen grandeur so huge you can see tomorrow’s weather on the far horizon. Impeccably paced, a crescendo is reached via smooth ascendance, with the only place left for Idol to go is full tilt, where Stevens bends his guitar around the holler.

It’s a colossal work of surging energy from an artist whose vital signs were close to flatlining. With his iconic clenched fist, Idol delivers a knockout.

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