Music Monday: Billy Idol “Rebel Yell” Turns 40

rebel yell
The sophomore solo album by Billy Idol released on November 10, 1983

Easily one of the biggest albums that was released in the early 80’s, this album had numerous hits and was a radio and MTV staple.

Track Listing

  1. “Rebel Yell”
  2. “Daytime Drama”
  3. “Eyes Without a Face”
  4. “Blue Highway”
  5. “Flesh for Fantasy”
  6. “Catch My Fall”
  7. “Crank Call”
  8. “(Do Not) Stand in the Shadows”
  9. “The Dead Next Door”

Huge Release

Ok. The hits just kept coming. The title track not only dominated radio airplay, but MTV played the video non-stop. “Eyes Without A Face” was another giant radio and MTV hit. And with Steve Stevens on lead guitar, the songs were so catchy and easy to play over and over.

My favorite song on the album is “Blue Highway” which on cassette and LP ended side 1. If you had to label the least likeable song, that would be the album closer “The Dead Next Door” which was still a great song. If it’s been years since you listened to this album, put it on and track it from start to finish. It will take you back.

The history of how the album “Rebel Yell” came to be. (and yes, the bourbon had something to do with it) – Billy Idol hit album “Rebel Yell” Celebrates it’s 40th anniversary

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