Billy Idol my Tribute

public domain You Still Got It Billy!
public domain You Still Got It Billy!

Hiya Billy, how you doing? Had a strange dream about you the other night. I caught up with you in my town and asked you to do an impromptu concert in the local pub.

My promise was that you do the singing, And I will get all our old friends together and a few locals and have a parteeey!

I did laugh when I looked you up online to see that in fact the day before my dream, that's exactly what you did! Only thing was that it was in Hinano's cafe in Marina Del Rey Venice.

The say connections go back a long way. Maybe I was picking up some vibes. Who know?

Seems you still got it Billy. Do you remember...? Na I don't suppose you do. Back in the late 70s when we all used to hang out in High Wycombe? Your were not just Billy Idol then.

You were part of the great Generation X band. God, did we have fun. We got so used to you playing Gigs in the Town hall, and other venues that we would drink our way through the bars then head out to start again with you!

I remember one time we were sitting on a couple of tall tables chatting away as usual. There were quite a few of us.

Me, Les, Denise, Nigel and you Billy. Suddenly for no reason you and my friend Lesley headed for the bathrooms and next thing all we heard and saw was the paper hand towels being thrown at each other! And Lesley laughing so hard she nearly fell over. Just a paper fight, but we all laughed at everything back then.

Oh those were the times. My favorite position seemed to be between your legs on stage! Sorry, that sounds terrible! lol! No, not like that. Nigel our friend would always pick me up and chuck me up onto the stage when you were singing. Many a time I lay there with you singing to me upside down! Well me upside down...yeah you get the picture.

Those were the days.

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copyright N. Martin
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The Xtraverts

You may remember my friend Nigel Martin. He was the lead singer in the local band, The Xtraverts.

Along with Mark Riley the Guitarist, and Steve McCormack the drummer.

I and my other friends, Lesley and Denise were great friends of Nigel, and we always went to your gigs with them.

Everybody at that time had a little bit of fame come their way. But you Billy, you were the one who hit that big time.

Who would have guessed that you would be the one that would take America by storm? Back then it was just for the fun of being anti establishment. Great days.

Drinking, laughing and punks with red and blue hair, pins through their noses and slashed trousers!

It was probably the most colourful time in the history of modern music. Whatever happened to being spontaneous and outrageous?

White Wedding by Billy Idol

Generation X

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Generation X, 1977. L-R: Billy Idol, Tony James, Bob Andrews, and Mark Laff.
Generation X, 1977. L-R: Billy Idol, Tony James, Bob Andrews, and Mark Laff.

Rebel Yell - Billy Idol

Billy Idol Facts - Musician

Biilly Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad.

Born November 30 1955. Middlesex England.

His Music groups were Generation X (1976-81) and Chelsea plus Neurotic Outsiders.


He started out in the Punk Rock era. This is where and when I met him, being a totally Punk head myself!

This was the time of The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Stranglers. All the great names of the day. I saw all of them live. Great days.

I had both albums - Generation X- Followed by Valley of the Dolls. Signed too, darn it! Be worth a fortune now! lol!

Did you Know?

Billy joined Siouxsie and the Banshees before the band actually took that name. This was back in 1976. And yes, I met our Siouxsie too! I remember her getting mad at someone in the crowd so she leaned down and whacked him on the head with the Mic! Great days! lol!

Billy hit the States around 1982 in the Second British Invasion music wise. His first Stateside release - Billy Idol - his first album, didn't really take off Even though White Wedding one of his all time greats now, was being played all the time.


'Dancing with Myself' Album introduced the American public to Billy Idol. This was quickly followed by Rebel Yell in 1983. And, as they say, The rest Is History.


Mony Mony - Billy Idol

Sexy but Very Cute! This Is How I Remember Him.

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Memories

You were so cute back then. You are not that tall, oops sorry, is that a secret?

And your face was so sweet. But then you opened your mouth to sing and Wow! Those notes soared across the Hall and belted out when you hit the hard and high notes.

I still smile when I see you do your lip thing. We would all do it back at you. They were the days of laughter, town hall bands, and just fun.

All the Punks with our red, blue and orange hair. Pins dangling from our ears and nose. Oh and don't forget the ripped trousers and razor blade earings!

And of course, so many of us crowding into the venue just to sing along with you.

They were the time of Siouxie and the Banshees, The Jam, and many others who didn't make it big.

They were the good times Billy. I expect if you read this you'll say who the hell is she?

Yes you have met tons of people over the years, and our paths separated in the late 70s.

That's okay. I totally understand. Just remember me and my friends as part of the crowd you sat with long ago, back in the days when you started out in High Wycombe.

I dreamed of you. Funny that. So here's my tribute to you. All your great hits. Take care Billy.

Nell Rose Copyright M. Loveridge
Nell Rose Copyright M. Loveridge

Love Billy? Sure do!

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Sorry I can't get too crazy over Billy, Nell, but you with that beautiful hair in the photo above - now that's something else. You look positively smashing, m'dear. Trust me.


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

What a super, super Hub -- and sounds like you ran as wild as some of the rest of us back in the day? Funny, just as you said -- it was all fun back then with none of the sinister underbelly we see today. Love the pic of you -- absolutely gorgeous -- great writing and memories, my friend! Best/Sis


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

It's confession time. I opened the hub just to see your picture. And you are gorgeous, even in camo pants.

I'm not a big pop music fan. But I lean towards 1930s jazz and the crazy 1960s. I slept through Punk, and through 'New Wave' (whatever that is).


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Interesting about Billy Idol. I have liked many of his songs and I am a big pop fan...some songs that is..Today Like songs on a per basis song. Thanks for the great hub..Voting up and sharing.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi carol, thanks for reading, yes I tend to like records these days per song too, many I don't even know who sings them, but I love them on the radio, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Haha! thanks Larry! yes the punk era was just my time to go out and go mad! lol! but I love 60s music too, thanks as always, and have a great weekend, still snowing over here, we are bogged down!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Angela, yep we went mad back then! lol! it was great fun though, and thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks drbj, my hair is nearly as long again thank goodness! I went through the short look for a while, so now I am getting the me back! this photo was about 2 years ago, have a great weekend, nell


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have not heard about Billy Idol in quite some time. He is popular with an era not my own, but he is quite interesting. He still looks good today. Love your self-photo at the end, nice!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I heard some of Billy Idol's songs, and you did this so well, an informative and interesting write up about the singer.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

What a great article! :) I loved Billy Idol! :) Rebel Yell and White wedding especially. :) I was also into Heart and White snake. I really

enjoyed reading this. voted up and shared.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Billy and Siouxie are two of my favroties. This was a fun tribute. Thanks for sharing about thee good ole days of spontaneous rebellion and sneering :-)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks PDX, yes we were all good friends back then, I remember Billy sitting with us looking all moody, then bursting out laughing! He had that lip thing back then too! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks PDX, yes we were all good friends back then, I remember Billy sitting with us looking all moody, then bursting out laughing! He had that lip thing back then too! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jo, thanks so much for reading, yes Heart and White snake were awesome! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks DDE, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, thanks so much, that photo is a couple of years ago, just about can still get into those combats! lol!


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

What a great tribute to Billy Idol. I enjoyed reading of your escapades and those fun days. Certainly took me back to some heady days of my own. Love your photograph too -


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks travmaj, yes we all had some of those wonderful days back then, ah I wish they were still here! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Nell...You met Billy Idol too! Meaning in addition to Princess Diana, Morgan Freeman and spotting Brad Pitt! I'm sure I left a few celebs out. You spent time between Billy's legs? OMG you were a wild child. LOL


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I was never a big fan of Billy Idol, but i'm a Nell fan. What a fun hub! Those were the good old days when everyone had fun, didn't worry about the establishment. You were a gorgeous Hippy..Yea......


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

You never know...Billy might just hear about this, see that picture, and then yes, the rest will be history...


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I hope he reads your great tribute Nell. Keep listening for that phonecall.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Loved your memories and your picture, so cute! Still trying to figure out the between the legs thing! lol


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, my pc has been down, what a nightmare! lol! yes the 'between his...' Oh well you get the picture! lol! I was thrown on stage and he leaned over me to sing, happened a few times! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, my pc has been down, what a nightmare! lol! yes the 'between his...' Oh well you get the picture! lol! I was thrown on stage and he leaned over me to sing, happened a few times! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi christopher, lol! yeah I wish! haha! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Deb, that was back in the day, he has come a long way since then, so many friends and fans, I would imagine they would all blend into one another! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi ruby, lol! never a hippy but a fully fledged punk rocker! purple hair, chains etc, oh they were the good old days! thanks so much as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda, lol! its that sort of town, everybody famous thinks it's a 'pretty village' and descends on us, apart from morgan freeman who I saw on a plane, just wish the fame would rub off on me! thanks as always, nell


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very entertaining hub, Nell. I love the style of the writing! I was never a fan of Billy Idol, but I loved this tribute to him.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Alicia, Ah those were the days! lol!


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether

Gotta tell ya, Nell. I'm still a HUGE Billy Idol fan. And I am also a fan of David Bowie, but shhh don't tell anyone! LOL. Blessings to you.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi kitty, lol! I love Bowie too! thanks as always, nell


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

What an interesting hub ! you've presented this tribute in such a way that I like reading it very much. Although I'm not a fan of Billy Idol but you've managed to make me read it so that now I have some knowledge about him. Thank you for sharing Nell. Vote up !


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks agusfanani, yes he is a bit of an aquired taste! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

My goodness, this brings back the memories. At the time, they seemed so revolutionary and avante-garde, and now they just look dated. I still like his music though, and hear it occasionally on the modern stations. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

I totally agree alocsin, its funny how it does look so dated now, ah well, memories! lol! thanks!


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tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

A really nice hub about your escapades back in the day. Hanging out with Billy Idol and going the punk way. Love your photo too Nell. I often break into singing "Nice Day for a White Wedding" - only has to be a nice day to bring on the song! Nice tribute.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Lol! me too! can't stop singing it! thanks so much for reading, nell


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

You tell a nice story and your articles seem helpful. Good on ya!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks manatita, glad you liked it, nell


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I ADORE Billy Idol. White Wedding is a long time favorite. Thanks for a fantastic tribute.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks rebecca, glad you liked it, thanks.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Oh how wonderful Nell I loved this one and vote up plus sharing. Each and every hub of yours are amazing; you give so much and it shows. Great work and enjoy your day.

Lots of love from over the border.

Eddy.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Eddy, thanks so much for reading, and I hope you had a wonderful day too, nell

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