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The world first got an eyeful of Idol - known to his parents as William Broad - when he was one of the “Bromley Contingent,” an assortment of nascent punks whose presence at the live shows of the then-unknown Sex Pistols was not unlike the Warhol Factory denizens who enlivened Velvet Underground performances, or the troupe of dancers led by sculptor Vito Paulekas who made magic in ... Read more in Amazon's Billy Idol Store

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  • Audio CD (21 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0018TLRTK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Listen  1. Dancing With Myself (EP Version) (2001 Digital Remaster)Generation X 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hot In The City (2001 Digital Remaster)Billy Idol 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. White Wedding - Part 1 (2001- Remaster)Billy Idol 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rebel Yell (1999 - Remaster)Billy Idol 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Eyes Without A Face (1999 - Remaster)Billy Idol 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Flesh For Fantasy (1999 Digital Remaster)Billy Idol 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Catch My Fall (Edit)Billy Idol 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. To Be A Lover (2001 Digital Remaster)Billy Idol 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don't Need A Gun (2001 Digital Remaster)Billy Idol 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sweet Sixteen (2001 Digital Remaster)Billy Idol 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mony Mony (2001 - Remaster)Billy Idol 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Cradle of Love (2001 - Remaster)Billy Idol 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. L.A. Woman (Single Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)Billy Idol 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Shock To The System (2001 - Remaster)Billy Idol 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. SpeedBilly Idol 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. World Comin' DownBilly Idol 3:34Album Only
Listen17. John WayneBilly Idol 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. New Future WeaponBilly Idol 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

If there was graffiti to match Billy Idol's new greatest hits album, it wouldn't read 'Idol was 'ere'. Instead, the message coming through loud and clear from the original punk rocker's third best-of collection is 'Billy is 'ere... still'. The rocker is nearing pension age but shows no signs of stopping. He's still touring, and, as if to prove the creative juices are still flowing, he's also included two brand new tracks on the disc. Written with long-time partner Steve Stevens, they are produced by Josh Abraham, who's previously worked his magic for Velvet Revolver, Limp Bizkit and Courtney Love. So do the newbies cut it alongside the classic Idol? In a word: yes.

John Wayne is a stylish track that sounds like slightly sedated Linkin Park, with an epic guitar line which builds to a power ballad chorus. Meanwhile New Future Weapon is a punchily upbeat track with echoes of Rebel Yell, just crying out to be used as a soundtrack to the next action blockbuster.

Even if the new tracks don't float your boat, there are sixteen classic snarly punk rock tracks which will; including White Wedding, Hot In The City, Rebel Yell and Mony, Mony. The deluxe edition of the album will also see thirteen of Idol's videos make their way from MTV to DVD for the first time.

Make no mistake: this is a man who recognises the power of cult appeal. One of the first stars of MTV in the early 1980s, he boosted his legendary status with a classic cameo appearance, saving the day in Adam Sandler's 80s spoof film The Wedding Singer in 1998. He was no doubt thrilled when cult US comic Weird Al Yankovic spoofed Mony Mony in his track Alimony.

'William is idle' wrote one unsuspecting school teacher in Billy's report, eventually inspiring one of punk rock's most famous monikers. Far from idle now, the platinum haired rocker's own message on this greatest hits release is a more positive one: ''Everyone should idolize themselves''. Worship him you should - Idol is back on classic form. --Sophie Bruce

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebeca Thorvund on 4 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Can you ever really have enough Billy Idol? Seriously...
At long last, a career-spanning audio visual delight in one handy package. Not a moment too soon, because my "Vital Idol" VHS tape from 198-ahem! is getting quite worn out, and of course is an incomplete collection. And because Billy really, truly loves us, he's given us two fantastic new songs: "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon". As he proved on 2005's "Devil's Playground", Billy is back and better than ever.
The soundtrack of an era. Timeless musical gems. As rockin' today as when they were written. Hands down, bloody great songs. This is all true. As for the videos, they are incredibly enthralling short films - of course we'd expect nothing less from the original superstar of MTV's golden age. Watching the videos again in chronological order sent chills up and down my spine.
Speaking of golden age, is it really possible that our beloved Billy turns 53 this year? He remains as impossibly beautiful as ever and his live show must be seen to be believed. Billy puts artists half his age to shame. He sounds incredible and is, as always, the consummate performer. I've seen every tour since 1987 and continue to be blown away. (He's on tour now!)
Buy this collection and get reacquainted or introduced...either way, you'll be instantly hooked and shouting (wait for it...) MORE! MORE! MORE!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dante the Igniscient VINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At last, all the classics are on dvd. After watching the video to "L.A.Woman" back in 1990 I have been trying to find it somewhere, anywhere. David Fincher's vision of a very decadent L.A. still captivates. Billy sings the lyrics surrounded by flickering flames, drives a black ferrari to a club and then pursues a leggy super model. And the songs not bad either. "White Wedding" must be one of the most memorable videos from the eighties. The church setting, the dancers in black catsuits, the bike smashing through the window and the balletic bride herself are all memorable. It is all very eighties glam punk but still very watchable.

The cd has all the hits and two exclusive tracks. But "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon" do not have the edge or replay value of the early classics - the man is getting older after all. For the definitive Idol audio experience may I recommend Whiplash Smile. Also, Vital Idol has extended mixes and remixes of some of the early classics.

Many may consider Billy Idol to be a dinosaur from a bygone musical age. My response to them would be so what? Billy Idol has always taken his craft seriously, the early hits will still be played in decades to come and the punk/rock/rebel image is still entertaining. For any fan or anyone new to the delights of Mr Idol, The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself is probably essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Other reviewers mention a DVD, I only got the CD with my purchase and Amazon have kindly flagged up 'verified purchase' against it, so it must been the one I ordered.

Nevertheless, Billy Idol for me will always be Hot in the City, bringing back memories of urban youth-dom. White Wedding, I loved, too, its rocky anthemic seeming just a bit TOO dirty for such a wedding....Eyes Without A Face is also a cool, sultry number that I like very much.

I know for many it was his slicked spiky blonde hair and tight leather trousers that did it for them. For me, he had just the right side of leering, cocky confidence that didn't spill over into egotism. However, I never bought any music of his until this CD compilation, bought when poring through online sites such as Amazon.

I wanted a basic compilation that had all the songs I knew and one at reasonable cost. Hopefully I'd get a few more tracks unknown to me that I'd like too. One that I'd actually play all the way through and not just the first few hits. In many ways, isn't that all one can really ask of a Best Of? I certainly got that with this CD. Highly recommended for those in the same boat as me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. P. Clarke on 21 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
There is a CD in this pack, I hav'nt used it, so can't comment on it. The main thing is the DVD, which is the only way you can have Billy Idol videos on DVD. You could buy "the Clips", but you will be sorry about the disapointing sound. However the videos on this DVD are crystal clear in sound and picture, and it's a real pleasure to return our favorite rocker onto our screens in modern hassle free quality. Just buy it, I'm sure you'll be very pleased, well recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I made the mistake of buying the single CD version of 'The Very Best Of Billy Idol', unaware that there is also a two disc CD/DVD set, containing the awesome music videos of the songs that are well worth watching. However, in terms of a single greatest hits collection - this is excellent.

All of the classic punk rock tracks from the 1980s are here, including the instantly recognisable 'Rebel Yell', 'White Wedding', 'Dancing With Myself' and 'Hot In The City', all fun and well written songs. This CD spans Billy's entire career, making it a great introduction to new fans, but with the inclusion of two excellent brand new tracks: 'John Wayne' (which sounds just as good as any of his earlier material and fits in well with the other songs) and the hard rocking 'New Future Weapon', it has something fresh and exciting to offer long-term fans as well.

With superb remastering, this CD is a perfect combination of irresistible 1980s nostalgia and great classic rock - with songs that are impossible not too sing along to. It avoids any filler that are usually mixed in with such compilations of established and accomplished artists, and instead focuses on the cream of Billy's output.

I will now have to spend the same amount of money on the two disc set - but it will definitely be worth it.
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