Billy Idol – The Roadside EP

There are some artists who were big back when, but seemed to disappear, then make returns that no one asked for. And then there are those coming back where...
Billy Idol : The Roadside EP
7.8 Dark Horse
2021 
Billy Idol : The Roadside EP
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There are some artists who were big back when, but seemed to disappear, then make returns that no one asked for. And then there are those coming back where you’re left wondering why they ever left. Eighties rebel punk (and iconic look) Billy Idol is having a resurgence, from appearing on Miley Cyrus’ Plastic Hearts (and at Lollapalooza – QRO recap) to his very welcome EP The Roadside.

Now, this is just an EP, only four songs, but they’re four good songs that remind you why he was an Idol in the first place. Opener “Rita Hayworth” is killer old school punk rock star kick that Idol practically invented, but then he goes in the other direction with the country-twang loss of “Bitter Taste” – one can hear his long-time guitarist Steve Stevens, plus new producer Butch Walker (Green Day, Weezer). And yes, Idol has a come-on song with “U Don’t Have To Kiss Me Like That”, but also a nicely sex-sad “Baby Put Your Clothes Back On” (particularly apt for a sexual musician of the past in today’s day & age).

Even if you never bleached your hair and wore a leather coat like Idol (only other one who could really pull off that look was Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer…), you missed the “Rebel Yell” of Billy Idol, and it’s a “Nice day” to have him back.

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