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Billy Idol

Billy Idol first came to fame in the late ’70s fronting the English punk band Generation X, but after band discord and management problems, he left the group, moved to New York, and formally launched his solo career. This singer/songwriter’s self-titled debut dropped in 1982, blending bits of punk and straight-up rock with touches of new wave and dance.

Throughout the rest of the decade, Idol—and world-class guitarist Steve Stevens—became fixtures on MTV thanks to the visually-alluring anthems “Dancing with Myself,” “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without a Face,” and “Flesh for Fantasy.” Even as the ’90s dawned, Idol kept on rocking with “Cradle of Love” and a cover of the Doors’ “L.A. Woman.”

After retreating from view at the back half of the ’90s and early 2000s, Idol returned with 2005’s comeback collection Devil’s Playground and resumed his status as a top touring attraction. He notched yet another career milestone in 2014, delivering his long-awaited autobiography Dancing With Myself, as well as releasing a new album—Kings & Queens of the Underground—to tremendous commercial and critical acclaim.

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