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August 18, 2011

More about Billy Idol

William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), better known by his stage name 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.

Billy Idol: Cyberpunk

In 1993, Idol released Cyberpunk, which was largely ignored. Music had changed and many of the bands that were popular in the ’80s were being pushed aside. Regarded as experimental, it was recorded in a home studio using a Macintosh computer, which was a fairly new concept at the time. Idol recorded the album with Younger-Smith and producer Robin Hancock. Special editions of the album were issued with a floppy disc which contained a screensaver. It was the first album which listed the e-mail address of the artist (, which is now inactive) in its booklet. The album has become something of a cult favourite today.


1. Wasteland
2. Shock to the System
3. Tomorrow People
4. Adam in Chains
5. Neuromancer
6. Power Junkie
7. Love Labours On
8. Heroin
9. Shangrila
10. Concrete Kingdom
11. Venus
12. Then the Night Comes
13. Mother Dawn
14. Speed



February 6, 2012

On This Day …

1818 – Composer Henry Charles Litolff was born.
1943 – Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio’s “Your Hit Parade.”
1970 – John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” with Yoko Ono’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?” was released in the U.K.
1981 – Former Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison teamed up to record a musical tribute to John Lennon. The song “All Those Years Ago” was the result.
1987 – Joan Jett made her acting debut in “Light Of Day.”
1990 – Billy Idol broke several bones in a serious motorcycle accident. As a result he could not appear in Oliver Stone’s “The Doors” in a major role.
2002 – Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” was released for radio play. It was her first new song in two years.
2003 – 50 Cent’s debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” was released.

August 14, 2011

Cyberpunk and Music

Some musicians and acts have been classified as cyberpunk due to their aesthetic style and musical content. Often dealing with dystopian visions of the future or biomechanical themes, some fit more squarely in the category than others.

Bands whose music has been classified as cyberpunk are Psydoll, Front Line Assembly, Atari Teenage Riot and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

Musicians whose music has been inspired as cyberpunk Nine Inch Nails’ concept album are: Billy Idol, David Bowie and Sonic Youth, whose albums Sister and Daydream Nation take influence from the works of Phillip K. Dick and William Gibson respectively.

Industrial music can be seen as cyberpunk, as well as various electronic body music acts.

April 9, 2010

On This Day …

1717 – Composer Georg Matthias Monn was born.
1940 – Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded “Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga.”
1965 – Bruce Johnston joined the Beach Boys as the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson.
1965 – The Rolling Stones made their first live appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!”
1966 – Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” was released.
1970 – Paul McCartney quit the Beatles.
1973 – Paul McCartney released the song “My Love.”
1973 – Queen had its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London.
1976 – Phil Ochs committed suicide at the age of 35.
1988 – Dave Prater of Sam & Dave died in a car accident.
1990 – Billy Idol released the single “Cradle of Love.”
1999 – Faith Hill began her first solo tour “Faith Hill’s This Kiss Tour” in Minneapolis, MN.

May 24, 2009

This Day In Music History – May 24

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2006 – Taylor Hicks wins Season Five of “American Idol.”

1991 – Gene Clark of the Byrds and Dillard and Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46 in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

1988 – Country singer-songwriter Billy Gilman is born in Westerly, R.I.

1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deniece Williams.

1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Shining Star,” Earth, Wind & Fire.

1974 – Jazz musician Duke Ellington dies of lung cancer and pneumonia in New York City at the age of 75.

1969 – Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes is born in Atlanta.

1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Love Me Do,” The Beatles.

1955 – Country singer Rosanne Cash is born, the daughter of Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto.

1946 – Steve Upton of Wishbone Ash is born in Wrexham, Wales.

1945 – Elvis Presley’s wife, Priscilla Ann Wagner, is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1944 – R&B singer Patti LaBelle (Patricia Holt) is born in Philadelphia.

1941 – Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) is born in Duluth, Minn.

May 23, 2009

This Day In Music History – May 23

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2008 – Veteran rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters receives a full pardon from New York’s Gov. David Paterson for the attempted murders of two men in 1991, ending a long legal saga.

2006 – Jordin Sparks wins Season Six of “American Idol.”

2000 – Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins announces that the Seattle-based rock group will officially break up at year’s end. Corgan claims that he and his bandmates are tired of “fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world.”

1979 – Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

1978 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first major arena tour in Buffalo, N.Y

1975 – “Moms” Mabley dies at the age of 78.

1974 – Singer-songwriter Jewel is born in Payson, Utah.

1971 – Iron Butterfly breaks up.

1970 – The Grateful Dead gives its first performance outside the U.S., a four-hour set at the Hollywood Rock Festival in the U.K.

1969 – The Who releases rock opera “Tommy,” which features hit song “Pinball Wizard.”

1967 – Drummer Phil Selway of Radiohead is born in Berkshire, England.

1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Help Me Rhonda,” the Beach Boys.

1945 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sentimental Journey,” Les Brown Orchestra/Doris Day.

1928 – Singer Rosemary Clooney is born in Maysville, Ky.

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