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Billy Idol

Billy Idol

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Full NameBilly Idol
Net Worth$60 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 30, 1955
Age63 years 7 months
Died30 November 1955
Place Of BirthStanmore, United Kingdom
Height5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
ProfessionSinger, Musician, Actor, Songwriter
EducationRavensbourne School for Boys, Worthing High School for Boys in Worthing, West Sussex, Sussex University
PartnerLinda Mathis (1989–)
ChildrenWillem Wolf Broad, Bonnie Blue
ParentsBill Broad, Joan Broad
SiblingsJane Broad
NicknamesWilliam Broad , William Michael Albert Broad , Generation X
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AwardsMTV Video Music Awards - Best Video from a Film (1991), ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards - Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures (1991)
Record LabelsChrysalis, EMI, Sanctuary, BFI
AlbumsWhiplash Smile (1986), Charmed Life (1990), Cyberpunk (1993), Happy Holidays (2006), Kings & Queens of the Underground (2014)
Music GroupsSiouxsie and the Banshees, Generation X, Bromley Contingent, Sex Pistols
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Awards, BRIT Awards
MoviesIHeart80s Party (TV Movie, 2016), Heavy Metal 2000, The Wedding Singer (1998), Mad Dog Time (1996), Billy Idol: Adam in Chains (1993), The Doors(1991)
TV Shows"Dancing With Myself", "Cradle of Love", "Eyes Without a Face", "Chuck" (TV Series, 2010), "EastEnders" (2012), "Crashing" (2017)

Quotes of Billy Idol

1It's like, what happened, I was always leading fashion, and then the grunge thing kind of came along. And because I've been so on top in the '80s you know, I, you know, what can I do? Suddenly go grunge?
2I'm not talking with an American accent. I haven't gone off and become Sammy Hagar.
3My hair used to be real long, and my parents were encouraged when I cut it. They thought I was going 'straight,' but I was just getting weirder - at least in their eyes. I was getting into the punk thing.
4Part of the punk attitude was that you should project your music through your whole body... show your personality as much as possible.
5My dad was one of the reasons I got into rock and roll, because I was learning the ropes of his business, which was selling powertools, and I was looking for a way out from under his heel. I was like, 'Where's the fun? Where's the glamour?'
6I rocked the cradle of love.
7The biggest misconception people have about me is that I'm stupid.
8There was a time when my whole life was in chaos, really, and I didn't help myself sort it out. But one day I came to my senses, and I think I was lucky because a lot of people don't.
9I'm really a singer, so I love songs and I love singing. I like rap music, but I didn't grow up freestyling.
10I'm not trying to hide from my past. I want to roll in it. Like a dog, rolling in feces, I'm rolling in the feces of my greatest hits - that's a bit of a wild way of looking at it, but I am a man, and we do like rolling in our own feces at times.
11I think love's exciting and happy, as well as being able to make you sad.
12If your world doesn't allow you to dream, move to one where you can.
13I don't think punk ever really dies, because punk rock attitude can never die.
14It doesn't matter about money; having it, not having it. Or having clothes, or not having them. You're still left alone with yourself in the end.
15I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don't have to be nice anymore.
16When I started out, everyone seemed to be adopting these names... Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious. I wasn't really Rotten or Vicious or Nasty, so I wanted something a bit more funny - yet something that seemed real rock 'n' roll... something that acknowledged my ambition.
17I am quite a romantic person, really, and I should have put that into my music earlier, but I was probably denying it... I didn't want to be soft because I felt I had to be so hard to get people to believe in me.
18I don't care what stage or what reason, as long as we're playing.
19The world goes on, you go on and you change. You want to show the fans those changes, and you want to be able to verbalize them.
20They wouldn't play my records on American radio because I had spiky hair. They said, 'Punk rock doesn't sell advertising, it won't make any money.'
21Christ was a punk rocker.
22Great sex is great, but bad sex is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
23Rock isn't art, it's the way ordinary people talk.

Quick Facts of Billy Idol

1Winter 1990-1991: Made the cover of "In Fashion" magazine along with Sherilyn Fenn.
2Ranked #55 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
3His role in The Doors (1991) was originally much larger. It was reduced after his motorcycle accident in 1990.
4His name is from a bad paper he made in school. In the margin his teacher had written a short note to his parents: "Billy is Idle". Billy took that as his name, but changed it to "Idol", so not to be confused with actor Eric Idle.
5For the filming of the clip "Cradle of Love", he was paralysed from the waist down (due to his motorcycle accident) so he was filmed from the torso and up.
6Is a vegetarian.
7Dropped out of the University of Sussex after 1 year.
8Was in The Bromley Contingent with Susan Dallion, later of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and John Simon Richie, later known as Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols.
91976: Chose his surname.
10During the making of the "Eyes Without A Face" video, he was temporarily blinded when the heat from studio lights fused his contact lenses.
11Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the albums "Whiplash Smile" and "Rebel Yell."
12Had a band called Generation X. With them, he cut "Dancing With Myself" which launched his solo career.
13February 1990: Survived a serious motorcycle accident. A steel rod was surgically inserted into his right leg.
141992: Pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after punching companion Amber Nevel outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He paid $2,700 in fines and was required to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.
151994: Treated in a Los Angeles hospital after an apparent drug overdose.
16When Billy was 3, his father moved the family to Long Island, NY, to "find the American dream," as Billy puts it. When the family moved back to the UK in 1962, they lived above a pub called The Running Horses in Dorking, Surrey.
17Was kicked out of the Boy Scouts at age 10 for making out with a girl
181980-89: Lived with Perri Lister. They had a son, Willem Wolf Broad (b. 15 June 1988).
19Known for his white spiky hair and sneer.

Trademarks of Billy Idol

1Elvis-like lip curl when singing
2Spiked platinum-blonde hair

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