Part of the infamous Bromley Contingent and a fan of the Sex Pistols, Billy Idol was inspired to front the popular British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band’s break-up in 1981. From there, he decided to try his luck in America. Idol’s first solo album was released by Chrysalis in 1982, but it didn’t hit its chart peak in the UK until 1985 when the self-titled album’s ‘White Wedding’ was a major club hit and hit No.6 in the UK. Previously however, Idol really smashed through with singles from his follow-up 1984 double platinum album, ‘Rebel Yell’, which included the exhilarating rock title track ‘Rebel Yell’, the gorgeous lushly-produced ballad ‘Eyes Without a Face’ and the pulsing slow sleaze-rock of ‘Flesh For Fantasy’. In 1988 Idol released a new album, the platinum Top 10 ‘Whiplash Smile’, with its standout singles ‘To Be A Lover’ and ‘Don’t Need A Gun’. The platinum-certified ‘Charmed Life’ album followed in 1990 with ‘Cradle Of Love’ and ‘L.A. Woman’. 1993’s ‘Cyberpunk’ proved that Billy’s fans were still going strong in the UK, hitting No.20. 12 years after his last new album release, he returned with ‘Devil’s Playground’ in 2005.