William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), better known by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English rock musician. A member of the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X.
Idol moved to New York in 1981, and became a solo artist working with ex-Kiss manager, Bill Aucoin. Idol’s ‘bad boy’ image was recognized and this worked well with the flashy glam rock style of his new partner on guitar, Steve Stevens. Together they worked with Phil Feit and Steve Missal. Idol’s solo career began with the Chrysalis Records EP titled Don’t Stop in 1981, which included the Generation X song “Dancing with Myself”, originally recorded for their last album Kiss Me Deadly, and a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells’ song “Mony Mony”. Idol’s debut solo album, Billy Idol, was released in July 1982. Part of the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the US, that year Idol became an MTV staple with “White Wedding” and “Dancing with Myself”.
White Wedding is often considered one of his most recognisable songs, although other Idol songs charted higher. It reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release, and reached #6 in the UK upon its re-release there in 1985, when it was reissued to promote the Vital Idol remix album.
For the UK 1985 re-release, the track was paired with the Mega-Idol Mix which included Flesh For Fantasy, Hot In The City and Dancing With Myself. The Megamix was produced by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens.
White Wedding Parts I & II (Shot Gun Mix) 8:20
Mega-Idol Mix 7:50