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Idol, Billy - 2005 Devils Playground

Billy Idol - vocals
Steve Stevens - guitars
Derek Sherinian - keyboards
Stephen McGrath - bass
Brian Tichy - drums

Well the Spiked One is back in the saddle with a new album. A new studio album that is. It's been twelve years since 1993's 'Cyberpunk' album, and who would've thought that Billy would return with fire in the belly? Not that he has been inactive in between years. He was even sighted down-under a few years ago. However, he has indeed returned with a vengeance, with Ray Gun guitarist Steve Stevens as his trusty left-tenant, plus keyboard maestro Derek Sherinian.. but to these ears, I don't hear too much in the way of keyboards. And the reason for that is..... These songs are very powerful and rockin'. Not in the way that we remember Billy from in his heyday. No, he has had too many aural dosages of todays angst driven music. A slab of Linkin Park here, a token gesture of 40 Ft Ringo there perhaps. Surely not? Well.. not really, but it certainly sounds as if he's taken onboard all the popular rock genres that have occurred since 1993 and wrapped it up in his indominatable style. Whether that's a good thing or not remains to be seen.

The Songs
First up single 'Scream' is as identifiable as you could get with his 2005 approach. Could this be a 'White Wedding' reprise? Certainly sounds like it. The brute delivery of 'Super Overdrive' matches the song title, while everyone seems to be running for cover with 'World Comin' Down'. The quick-fire drum beat sends this song back to the people at Rolex, so that the metronome and timing can be put back to normal. And then we've got 'Yellin' At The Christmas Tree'. What the heck is this yuletide nonsense all about? And why does it appear as track seven? Someone get the track order wrong? Meanwhile, 'Body Snatcher' twists and turns with savage intent while the follow-on track 'Evil Eye' sneers at us with a steely glare, courtesy of six-string blazer Stevens.

In Summary
Billy is currently touring the USA, and is looking and sounding as cock-sure as he's ever been. Probably not the signature Billy Idol that we've all come to love, but old faves like 'White Wedding' and 'Don't Need A Gun' are twenty years old now, so it's time to give us something new. I think 'Devils Playground' does exactly that, and it is certainly a place that todays Mom and Dads know all about, considering they grew up with him. It's todays teenagers that need the introduction to the 2005 version of Billy Idol, and that might be a harder sell, but knowing Billy, I'm sure he'd be up to the challenge.


Track Listing
01 Super Overdrive
02 World Comin' Down
03 Rat Race
04 Sherri
05 Plastic Jesus
06 Scream
07 Yellin' At The Christmas Tree
08 Romeo's Waiting
09 Body Snatcher
10 Evil Eye
11 Lady Do Or Die
12 Cherie
13 Summer Running


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#1 | trillion1999 on November 01 2011 18:18:51
I love Eyes Without A Face.I have not heard everything but like his 1980s stuff the best.Entertaining videos too.
#2 | englandashes on July 27 2013 21:03:05
Very underrated artist, I've recently picked up his albums for next to nothing, and they all sound pretty good. I might start going even further back and start buying the Generation X, of course I remember listening to that stuff when they were first released due to my punk brother! (thats before he discovered Def Leppard), anyone remember Gen X appearing on TOTP with King Rocker....
#3 | Eric on July 28 2013 01:02:51
Never appealed to me, there was so much better and creative pop coming out of the UK in the early 80's. That goofy sneer (Elastica's Justine Frischmann had it nailed in the 90's and was far hotter-lol!) and his image was off-putting and 'White Wedding' had to be one of the worst songs of the decade. Pass, even all these years later.
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