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Fun Music Information -> Billy Idol

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Quotes:

It's not what you do with your body, it's how you enjoy it.
Submitted by: Rock the Cradle of Love
Everybody got it wrong.
I said I was into porn again, not born again.
- Billy Idol
Submitted by: orange
There are additional music quotes available.

Jokes:

Q- what does billy idol most known for? A- being a shock to the system
Submitted by: TacoCat
Q: Why is Billy Idol suing Simon, Randy, and Paula? A: Their show steals his name!
Submitted by: Amanda

Band Name Origins:

  • According to an interview with Martha Quinn (heard on the Don't Stop EP), he wanted to screw up the "punk trend" of intimidating monikers (Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, etc.), but according to Behind the Music, it was based on a teacher's livid scrawling of "WILLIAM IS IDLE" (lazy) on one of his school papers, and Billy himself thinking "It should be 'rock idol!'" (Real name: William Michael Albert Broad) Submitted by: Switchie Dagger

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: William Michael Albert Broad. Submitted by: SilverIdol

Also known as: William Michael Albert Broad. Submitted by: SadieSwitchblade

Weird Names of Music Performer's Children:

  • Willow - Actually Billy and his well she could be cosidered a common law wife and he called her his wife...but really girlfriend...named their son Willow not Willem....dude watch VH1 once in awhile they say it like all the time in Billy Idol's like life story thingy his sons name is "WILLOW" I know because when I was little I used to wanna name my kid it one day. Submitted by: JessAy
  • Willem Wolfe - Submitted by: SilverIdol

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Billy IdleHe's not recording much anymore / Other homonymAdam

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Gay Baiting""White Wedding"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Rebel Hell (Confederate Flag)""Rebel Yell"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Sloth in the City""Hot in the City"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Sex And The City""Hot In The City"Erin Gobragh
"Coffin Of Love""Cradle Of Love"JOANIE

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Dancing With Myself,"That's silly! You need a dance partner.Christy McDaniel
"Plastic Jesus,"Jesus wasn't made of plastic.David Jones
"Blue Highway,"Highways aren't colored blue.Rocky

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"What's My Age Again?," Blink 182"Sweet Sixteen," Billy Idol
"Billy Get Your Guns," Jon Bon Jovi"Don't Need A Gun," Billy Idol
"What Are You Doing?," Mark Wills"Dancing With Myself," Billy Idol
"Highway Song," System Of A Down"Blue Highway," Billy Idol
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Flesh Or Fantasy" originally "Flesh For Fantasy"
Take your pick.
Joe Siebert
"Catch My All" originally "Catch My Fall"
rebecca
"Reel Yell" originally "Rebel Yell"
Ted Danson the night away
"Crank All" originally "Crank Call"
Crank all what?
Emmy Kay Butanone
"Rank Call" originally "Crank Call"
Ashley Michelle McGowan

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Eyes Without A Facet" originally "Eyes Without A Face"
Haley
"To Beg A Lover" originally "To Be A Lover"
Yvette Bristle
"To Bet A Lover" originally "To Be A Lover"
Yvette Bristle
"To Be A Glover" originally "To Be A Lover"
Yvette Bristle
"To Be A Clover" originally "To Be A Lover"
Martina McBride Of Frankenstein

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Shack To The System" originally "Shock To The System"
Amanda Svenson
"Eyes Without A Fact" originally "Eyes Without A Face"
Frank
"Watch My Fall" originally "Catch My Fall"
But you should catch it too?
mandylee
"Don't Need A Gut" originally "Don't Need A Gun"
Amanda Svenson
"Don't Need A Pun" originally "Don't Need A Gun"
Amanda Svenson

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Rebel Yell""Carnal Yell"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"White Wedding""Potluck Wedding"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Cradle of Love""Nasal-Hole Plugs"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"White Wedding""Beheading"Timmy1000
"Cradle of Love""Shovel the Snow"Matthias
"White Wedding""Red Wedding"Callmelennie
"Eyes Without a Face""Lies Throughout Debates"Jeff in Richmond VA
"Eyes Without a Face""Guys in Outer Space"Dr. Oliver Clozoff
"Eyes Without a Face""(Got to) Second Base"Rebekah Dub
"Rebel Yell""Funny Smell"Robert D. Arndt Jr.

There are additional song parodies available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Rebel YellYouth Counselling CenterJoeKing
Eyes Without A FaceHarry Whittington's law officeKathy
HeroinDrug Help Linetiffani
Shakin' All OverParkinson's Disease HelplineHeath
Eyes Without A FaceOptometristHeath
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Some Like It Hot
   The Power Station
Hot In The City
   Billy Idol
Some Like It Hot In The City
Other people not so much.
Edward
Sad Eyes
   Robert John
Eyes Without A Face
   Billy Idol
Sad Eyes Without A Face
Edward
Sexy Eyes
   Dr. Hook
Eyes Without A Face
   Billy Idol
Sexy Eyes Without A Face
Edward
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
   Leo Sayer
Dancing With Myself
   Billy Idol
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing With Myself
Edward
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Golden Idol
Golden Earring combined with Billy Idol
Submitted By: GlamRockNinjaLord
Jay And The American Idols
Jay And The Americans combined with Billy Idol
Hopefully the FOX network wouldn't sue if this happened.
Submitted By: Rich
The Mountain Billy Goats' Idol
The Mountain Goats combined with Billy Idol
Submitted By: Gretchen Wieners
Faith Hillbilly Idol
Faith Hill combined with Billy Idol
Submitted By: Heck Noover Nuck

Misheard Lyrics:

"Hot in the City"
Misheard Lyrics:
For all the dreams and screams
Original Lyrics:
For all the dreams and schemes
"Dancing With Myself"
Misheard Lyrics:
My ass begins to stink
Original Lyrics:
It will give me time to think
"Eyes Without a Face"
Misheard Lyrics:
I supply the fish
Original Lyrics:
Eyes without a face
"Eye's Without a Face"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm on a buzz, on psychedelic trip
Original Lyrics:
I'm on a bus, on a psychedelic trip
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Eyes Without a Face"
Misheard Lyrics:
Guys without a date
Original Lyrics:
Eyes without a face

Story about this misheard lyric by: Mark

Friend's dad thinking he's cool driving us to the beach.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Catch My Fall"
Better Lyrics:
The feeling I get

When I'm with you, yeah

Take my heard into

Everything you do, yeah

(later)

I see that my life

Has been so blue, yeah

The heartaches I had

'Til I met you, yeah
Original Lyrics:
I have the time

So I will sing, yeah

I'm just a boy

But I will win, yeah

(later)

I've traveled and unwound

My own truth, yeah

I've laid my head on

The rock of youth, yeah
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Prodigal Blues"
Better Lyrics:
Cratical blues or Clavicle blues
Original Lyrics:
Prodigal blues
Submitted by: Mike Hack
"Eyes Without A Face"
Better Lyrics:
I sat in a bus when the old lady tripped
Lost her dentures, then she broke her dang hip
She asked for help, I didn't care
Should've saved her fare
Original Lyrics:
I'm on a bus on a psychedelic trip
Reading murder books, tryin' to stay hip
I'm lookin' for you, you're out there so
Say your prayers
Submitted by: rock
There are additional parody fragments available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"White Wedding"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
It's a nice day to start again
Why They're Repetitive:
I'm not sure I can explain. Not until I heard this did I think Billy Idol could leave me ROFL.
Submitted by: Amanda
"Dancin' With Myself"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Oh, oh, oh, dancing with myself, sweat (ad nauseum)
Why They're Repetitive:
Oh, oh, oh, Billy. Maybe if you looked for somebody else to dance with you wouldn't sweat so dang much. Really, does anybody remember five other words from the entire song?
Submitted by: Jim Cook
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Sweet Sixteen"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Someone's built a candy brain and filled it in.
Why They're Nonsensical:
I tried to think of a line more nonsensical, more awkwardly put together, and more ridiculous than this one. I couldn't do it.
Submitted by: Amanda
 

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Take a Walk on the Wild Side"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
She never lost her head
Even when she was giving head.
Why They're Misrhymed:
Rhyming 'Head' with 'Head' I mean really....
Submitted by: Mondo
 

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Flesh for Fantasy"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Face to face
and back to back
you'll see and feel
my sex attack
Sing it: Flesh
Flesh for fantasy
We want our flesh
flesh for fantasy!
Why They're Dirty:
Isn't it obvious to the trained ear that this song is about oral sex?
Submitted by: Celeste
"Dancing With Myself"
The Dirty Lyrics:
But your empty eyes
Seem to pass me by
Leave me dancing with myself
Why They're Dirty:
No one wants me, so I'm gonna masterbate.
Submitted by: Amaria Valentino
There are additional dirty lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Don't Need A Gun"
The Lyrics:
Gene Vincent slapped John

John John John
Who They Mention:
Gene Vincent
Submitted by: Tiffani
"Don't Need A Gun"
The Lyrics:
Johnnie Ray, he's always crying
Who They Mention:
Johnnie Ray
Submitted by: rocky

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Rebel Yell"
The Lyrics:
He lives in his own heaven
Collects it to go from the 7-11.
Product Brand Name:
7-11 Food Stores (Southland Corporation.)
Submitted by: Bob
 

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Don't Need A Gun"
The Song Lyrics:
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Oh what a story dreams to buy
Song They Mention:
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price (1952)
Submitted by: Hobbes
"Rebel Yell"
The Song Lyrics:
In the midnight hour
She cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell
She cried more, more, more. Waaaahhh!
Song They Mention:
the mid-70s disco hit "More More More" by the Andrea True Connection
Submitted by: Eac Zeffron
There are additional Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs lyrics available.

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Cradle Of Love"
Opening Lines:
Rock the cradle of love.
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
 

Song Title Space Change:

"Ho Tin The City" originally "Hot In The City"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"To Be Al Over" originally "To Be A Lover"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"To Bea Lover" originally "To Be A Lover"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

Band Name Anagrams:

Old Bi Lily Submitted by: Martina McBride Of Frankenstein

Song Title Anagrams:

"Ginny Watched Films" originally "Dancing With Myself"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Bear To Love" originally "To Be A Lover"
A teddy bear?
Submitted by: Alexis
"Able To Rove" originally "To Be A Lover"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Robe To Elva" originally "To Be A Lover"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Reveal Boot" originally "To Be A Lover"
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Songs That Are Banned:

"Hot In The City"
1987 was a big year for Billy Idol. In November or December Billy's hit from 1982 was rereleased with a new video. The song scored on the charts again but MTV refused to air the new 1987 video because right near the end Billy's girlfriend is shown placed on a cheap plastic cross. The video is real good up to that point - the crucifixion scenario is pretty dumb, tasteless and unnecessary.
Submitted by: City Dude

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Fetch My Call" originally "Catch My Fall"
Submitted by: Angie O'Plasty
"To Lee Above Her" originally "To Be A Lover"
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Eyes Without A Face"
The Lyrics:
Les yeux sans visage.
Why:
Means eyes without a face in french.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Eyes Without A Face"
The Lyrics:
Les yeux sans visage
Why:
"Les Yeux Sans Visage" is also the name of a 1960 French horror film, where a mad scientist and his assistant kill young women and remove their faces so that his disfigured daughter will look beautiful again. Pretty gross and shocking for it's time.
Submitted by: Rocky

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Libby Idol originally "Billy Idol"
A sex-changing spoonerism!
Submitted by: Consuela Sanchez
Illy Bidol originally "Billy Idol"
Submitted by: Peter

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Mony Mony"
when this song is played the audience often shouts out an obscene chant after Billy sings a verse of this song.
Submitted by: Planet Eath Idol

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Birthday Wish & Birthday Bash Granted"
Two years ago in 2010 on his 24th B-Day Michael Henrichsen begged his idol (no pun intended) to sing at his B-Day party and was let down. But through persistance and help from various music connections as well as Internet pleas his wish finally came true two years later in 2012 when Billy idol performed with Henrichsen at the Showbox SoDo Club for the musician's 26th B-Day. Henrichsen's local band opened up for him. Needless to say, Michael was overcome with emotion.
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Eyes Without A Face"
English title of 1960's "Les Yeux Sans Visage"
Submitted by: French

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