NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BILLY IDOL "REBEL YELL"
Amazingly, this album only reached number 36 in the UK, for some reason this country was blinkered to our own success story! It hit number 6 in the USA, no wonder he moved over there, the UK just didn't get it. Anyway, the album spawned four singles, the first being the title track "Rebel Yell" which only reached 62 but hit number 6 on its re-release in 1985. The song is a rip roaring fast tempo rocker, full of Rock guitar riffs and a stomping keybaord theme throughout, complete with Billy's snarling Elvis throaty vocal. Add to that a memorable chorus its just a great song! "Eyes Without A Face" was the next single and it became, at the time (before the re-released singles in 1985), Billy's first big hit, reaching number 18 here in the UK. The slower tempo ballad-like song had a lovely melody which disguised the dark tone of the lyrics. The third single "Flesh For Fantasy" only reached number 54 in the UK chart and was a very experimental song. All the Rock elements were there but with some enhanced atmospheric electronic sounds, still a classy record ahead of its time in 1983. "Catch My Fall" the last single from the album reached a disappointing 63 in the UK. It was a medium paced rocker with some saxophone and although a great song, the remixed version on the album "Vital Idol" was much more punchier.