July 27, 2021

Fortin del caballero – A space for music and art.


For: Alejandro Barbosa Valderrama

The previous week was painful for the rock world with the departure of Eddie. This fact did not go unnoticed by a British singer and actor who also marks a significant current milestone in the music industry. The Lord William Michael Albert Broad better known by his name Billy Idol.

“Rest In Peace Guitar Legend Eddie Van Halen. Heartbroken, We Will Miss You”, tweeted Billy.
This musician began his career in 1976 by taking the place of guitarist in the group of punk Chelsea. However, he left this band some time later with his partner Tony James to form Generation X, a group in which he sang the first time and participated in three studio albums with the Chrysalis Records label before separating.

In 1981, Idol moved to New York City to start a solo career in collaboration with the guitarist Steve Stevens. His debut album Billy Idol (1982) was a commercial success. Songs are remembered: “Dancing with Myself” and “White Wedding” that rotated at that time on the MTV channel.

Billy Idol – White Wedding Pt 1 (Official Music Video)

The second album ’Rebel Yell” (1984) also had an important acceptance of his followers and success in lists of the United States with songs like: “Eyes Without a Face”, “Flesh For Fantasy” y el propio “Rebel Yell”.

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (Official Music Video)

Shortly before releasing his next album, “Charmed Life”, in 1990 he almost lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. This album reached a place of honor with songs like “Cradle of Love”, the main theme of the movie “Ford Fairlane”. Because of that fall from his motorcycle, he lost the opportunity to participate in the starring role of the film ’The Doors’ de Oliver Stone. There he barely appeared in a small cameo as Cat.

Billy Idol – Cradle Of Love (Official Music Video)

In 1990, time in which this server began its first forays into the radio, when it was part of a night program of Todelar 103.9 of the modulated frequency called “In pijama” the theme was programmed: “Hot in the City” precisely the single that preceded the album that launched this man to stardom in 1982. A subject quite moved at a time when grunge was approaching to leave behind for a while Hard Rock, el Punk and other trends of the time.

Billy Idol – Hot In The City (Official Music Video)

To close this article, as reported by Loudersound, it is announced that the interpreter of “Rebel Yell” will be part of the next album by Miley Cyrus, the well-known pop artist who began her career as the star of the Disney franchise. This leaves fans of Idol, However, it shows that this year 2020 continues with surprises for everyone.

And you will say that as it is spoken in popular slang, the best is always left for last, so I cannot let these lines pass without mentioning the subject “Don’t You Forget About Me” which is original from the scottish band Simple Minds that they wrote for the movie The Breakfast Club en 1985. The composers were the British producer Keith Forsey, who won a Oscar por ’Flashdance… What a Feeling’ with Irene Cara Y Steve Schiff band guitarist and songwriter Nina Hagen. Billy Idol he covered this song in 2001 that appeared on his greatest hits compilation. This topic is considered by experts as one of the most prominent in the history of the New Wave in the 1980s.

Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

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