Captivating the 80’s with anthems such as “Dancing with Myself” and “White Wedding”, Billy Idol returns this decade with a standout EP, “The Roadside”. Consisting of four songs, the record introduces the dance-punk singer again after a seven-year hiatus. Cowritten by Idol and his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, the EP is both a nostalgia trip for fans and a tell-all to a significant event in Billy’s past.

Starting off with Rita Heyworth, Idol laments about a woman (inspired by his newborn granddaughter) who encounters a slew of sleazy producers wanting to get her to “star” in their films. The single is a typical high-energy dance-punk standard from idol with a modern twist. With a cool 70’s punk style solo added into the middle, what’s not to love about the single?

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Much like everyone else during the pandemic, Idol felt “more reflective. So, it seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident” (Billy Idol). This Accident, in 1990 left the musician almost legless and was a pivotal moment of catharsis, allowing Idol to finally reach sobriety.

It’s a bitter taste. Jagged stain, on my skin. Broken Leg, Born again.

Billy Idol, Tommy English and Joe Janiak

In Bitter Taste, themes such as redemption and rebirth run-heavy, with Idol attempting to draw parallels of the hardship he faced in his accident to the pandemic of today. Musically, the song works well with the somber acoustic guitars playing in the background, complemented by the singer’s heartfelt and sincere voice. Clearly, this is the most important song for Idol on the record which is why his vocal delivery is so spot on.

Coming in at number three, U Don’t Have to Kiss Me Like That, starts off fantastic with a pulsating drum beat that carries the song from beginning to end. Sonically, the vocal melodies made during the choruses are the best aspects of the song and make you want more after each verse.

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I like you way too much to go and mess this up. Honey, you did nothing wrong.

Billy Idol, Tommy English and Joe Janiak

Last, but most definitely not least, there is Baby Put Your Clothes Back On. Fixating on a one-night stand, Idol makes it a point to stop the encounter “before the night gets real” (Billy Idol) in the hopes of maintaining a possibly beautiful relationship. The track does a brilliant job of pacing each instrument, separating key guitar parts away from the vocals, thus evoking a wall of sound in the process. With a deliciously twangy guitar, a wet-like bass, and compliments again to Idol’s Cockney voice, each listening experience is a win for the audience.

In conclusion, the Idol of the ’80s can still kick it to this day. Full of the swagger and fashion that made him famous, this rocker is not going anywhere! Celebrating the release of the EP, Idol is now on a North American tour across the United States and Mexico. With more tour dates to come, be sure to follow Glasse Factory for more information!

Just a guy who likes music.
Just a guy who likes music.

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