Billy Idol, is an English rock musician. He first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. He then embarked on a successful solo career, aided by a series of stylish music videos, making him one of the first MTV stars. Idol continues to tour with guitarist Steve Stevens and has a worldwide fan base.

While Billy Idol has the dubious honor of having a youth culture named after his former band, Generation X, the British musician's work as a solo artist gave him mass acceptance. His solo New Wave music impacted the charts, but Generation X's punk music helped shape a genre.

It was Generation X's "Dancing With Myself" that helped launch Idol's solo career, when he included a club remix of the song on his 1981 Don't Stop EP, which also featured a cover of the Tommy James & The Shondells' "Mony Mony." In 1982, living in New York and working with guitarist Steve Stevens, Idol released his self-titled debut album, which featured the top 40 hits "Hot In The City" and "White Wedding"; the latter's video marked Idol's emergence as an MTV star, making his signature snarl and blonde spikes fantasy pin-up fodder for teenage females.

The snappy dance rock of 1983's Rebel Yell, with the hits "Eyes Without A Face," "Flesh For Fantasy" and the title track, further propelled Idol's career, earning Idol a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Idol was once again nominated with 1986's Whiplash Smile, but the record lacked his earlier energy and conviction, with Stevens stealing most of the spotlight. Idol also released a dance remix collection, Vital Idol, which cracked the top 10 and sold platinum thanks to a new version of "Mony Mony," which went straight to number one. Stevens split to form the Atomic Playboys.


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