Eligible since: 2006 (The 2007 Induction Ceremony)
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I think Billy Idol is just so awesome! He's a great singer and a great innovator of music.
Posted by Andrea Walkus on Wednesday, 09.6.06 @ 10:51am
Billy Idol is a strange case for those who like to place their music in nice neat categories. Supposedly a punker, he was in reality a disco metal artist with folk undertones - Jim Morrison meets Alan Wilder or Giorgio Moroder or Ozzy Osbourne. Sides 5 through 8 were his best sides.
Billy Idol is a good musician. Though, he sounds more like a synthesized punk-pop tupe of musician (and yes, he does have punk roots) (ex. Generation X) I want Billy to get in, since he's one of my favorite artists.
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 10.10.06 @ 18:54pm
I love Billy Idol, I don't think he is quite up there though. Very talented, but a lot of it depends on the tastes of the voters and his impact on the genre. I don't think things are favorable for him in either aspect.
Posted by Justin on Tuesday, 12.12.06 @ 20:09pm
He'll easily make the UK HOF (if he isn't already), but it will be a stretch to make it in the US. If they put the votes out to the public, he might have a better chance.
Posted by Chenders on Wednesday, 02.21.07 @ 16:08pm
Billy Fucking Idol!! A guilty pleasure! Parlayed his Generation X punk persona into a snarling, leather clad "punkish" image. Pop-rock dance stuff. Does he belong just for sheer originality and force of presence in the early 80's? He may noy have the pedigree, but for some reason I would love to see Idol inducted.
Posted by shawn on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 14:17pm
I've got similar feelings about Idol as you do, Shawn. But, like you said, "guilty pleasure". He is definitely that. Therefore, probably not Hall of Fame material. I'm always happy to listen to him on the radio, though.
Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 07:25am
As Dezmond and I have concurred, probably not more significant than a fun listen. But can a case be made for him by virtue of his successful blending of hard rock, synth pop and dance pop (+ maybe a dash of new wave?). Am I hoping for too much?
Posted by shawn mc on Sunday, 07.8.07 @ 23:07pm
He was actually tapped to record "Don't You Forget About Me" initially, but they went with someone else. I think that's why he went back and recorded it for the compilation. He definitely could have done as fine of a job, maybe giving the song a bit more of an edge.
Posted by Casper on Monday, 07.9.07 @ 03:31am
You're right Casper! Just read that it was this British soundtrack composer named Keith Forsey who wrote "Don't You.." and asked both Idol and Bryan Ferry to record it--- and both declined! (Talk about a bad call). I remember back in '85 when it first starting being heard everyone was asking, "Is this Billy Idol? Have you heard Billy Idol's new song?"
Posted by shawn mc on Monday, 07.9.07 @ 08:44am
Ooh, Bryan Ferry as well. He probably would have the sleekest, strongest sounding version.
Posted by Casper on Monday, 07.9.07 @ 16:09pm
Maybe he should...his song White Wedding gets tons of airplay to this day on my local rock station (not the classic rock one).
Posted by maplejet on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 08:54am
Posted by lebvjo on Friday, 09.21.07 @ 21:37pm
The Gen X albums were excellent but Gen X would never be considered. They weren't as dirty as the Pistols or as smart as the Clash. However, if you combime Billy's work with them and his solo work, I believe he certainly deserves serious consideration.
Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 11.8.07 @ 08:34am
you gotta be kiddin me... he's a friggin' rock icon of my generation. who gives a crap if he "made punk pop" or "pop punk" or whatever... rebel yell and white wedding are forever emblazoned as rock staples of the gen X crowd. He was our release from cindi lauper and madonna and prince on the FM radio waves... angry and snarling and an MTV darling right when we needed a reminder of how mean and merciless and rockin' rock-and-roll should be. he deserves his spot to spit on the floor of rock-and-roll history, and fuck'em if they don't add him, he's there in our hearts anyway.
Posted by thadrock on Friday, 11.30.07 @ 22:22pm
Well Kids, if one considers the amount of total
Posted by william patterson on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 01:53am
It's all about STEVE STEVENS!
Posted by Guitar Player on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 18:23pm
Billy Idol is the BEST mainstream rock act to come out of the miserable 80's. The guy had lots of hits and is actually better live. Most bands since are pretty stinky live.
Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 06.4.08 @ 08:54am
That'll be why he's been waiting since '06.
Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 06.4.08 @ 11:01am
You know, the RRHOF has pfretty much stopped since 2006. Stopped what, I don't know. Just stopped. And so has everything else.
Posted by Joe on Saturday, 07.5.08 @ 15:46pm
Why not Billy Idol?? HE ROCKS!!!
Posted by Nancy on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 04:56am
I have no idea how the nominating committee views Billy Idol. I always thought that Gen X helped bring Brit Punk to the masses. Their music certainly had more "hooks" in it than the Pistols or Clash. It definitely had more of a pop feel but it didn't completely lose its edge. But then he morphed into this MTV Golden child with choreographed videos and dance club hits. Then slowly he went in the direction of somewhat mainstream rock. He certanly lived the part, but I really don't now what the final pages of history will read for him.
Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 05:22am
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Posted by Idolrock on Monday, 11.24.08 @ 13:21pm
2 Years from now...
Posted by Mike on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 13:15pm
Yes, Billy Idol should be inducted for sure.. This shouldn't even be a debate, period.. His songs are top notch..
Posted by horse_jedi on Monday, 02.9.09 @ 15:27pm
11% chance of getting in staggeringly low... If it was around 40 to 50%, maybe he'd have a chance. Maybe it's because there were just too many british punk artists coming out at that time. Also, the Clash are probably seen as pioneers of that genre during that era. And Billy Idol is probably looked at, as a product of it, not a pioneer.
Posted by ray on Monday, 03.2.09 @ 16:58pm
I think Billy Idol was so sexy, he just had it all. I wish I could have met him all them years ago. i still now at the age of 40 love listening to his music, he really does it for me. xx
Posted by Kirsty Robertson on Thursday, 04.30.09 @ 17:47pm
"I think Billy Idol was so sexy, he just had it all"
Posted by Raveinstein on Friday, 05.1.09 @ 05:48am
Billy Idol's a weird guy, no doubt, but he still kicks any other rock wanna-be's ass when it comes to singin'. What a sexy beast :)
Posted by Sting Idol on Monday, 06.1.09 @ 02:22am
being sexy has nothing to do with getting into the hall of fame
Posted by Brian on Thursday, 06.11.09 @ 15:02pm
I just realized that John Cougar Mellencamp is in and Billy Idol is not. What the ....? Seriously, i'm confused.
Posted by Jim on Sunday, 06.21.09 @ 19:44pm
Billy Idol is famous enough to be in the Hall Of Fame.
Posted by Joe Schmoe on Tuesday, 01.12.10 @ 23:17pm
"White Wedding", "Rebel Yell", "Mony Mony" (I know, a cover) "Dancing With Myself"... all classics. He did kind of fuse hard rock with new wave and pop-punk by adding the keyboards; I'm not sure if that's innovative and I think his influence is limited, but there are certainly worse choices. Overall, though, it's a tough call as to whether he deserves it.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.19.10 @ 16:50pm
I forgot how much I loved Billy Idol in the 80's. I still have a scrap book i made with pictures of him. Actually my mum had a crush on him. I even made my baby brother at the time sing eyes without a face haha. Just heard his version of "Don't you forget about me" and now I remember why i loved him so much. Billy Idol will always be a cool punk rocker with great hair and cheeky Elvis sneer. He should DEFINITELY be considered in any rock hall of fame. It always looked like he was having a blast and in part thinking to himself WTF!
Posted by Suze on Thursday, 03.11.10 @ 04:43am
Always liked the song 'White Wedding'. Nobody can sneer like Billy Idol.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 03.11.10 @ 06:07am
As a singles act he can compete without almost anyone. Always looks good in leather. And I just watched his Behind the Music episode; a bit of an ass at times in the 80's but also a bad-ass and a good father. He rose out of the ashes of the London punk scene to become a star on his own, creating some killer music along the way. As for the Hall, probably not, I'll concede that. Good, popular for awhile, falls short of meeting the criteria (and also needs to get way back in line.)
Posted by Sam on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 13:34pm
he had betta goddamned get in. All this frigging shite about being a pioneer of punk
Posted by annie on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 21:43pm
Nah. he was definetly good i'll grant him that but he aint HOF material.
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.11.11 @ 16:25pm
Saw Billy at midnight at Bonnaroo. Played a fine set. Ended up with White Wedding. Voice sounded good. Getting a little thick in midsection, compared to his 80s youth (understandable).
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.20.13 @ 07:54am
He actually finished set with cover of Mony Mony. Had forgotten that. It was pretty late for ole Paul in KY to be up.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.20.13 @ 12:30pm
Two thumbs up from KING for Billy Idol Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Just love the Idol sound & the power in his voice. Idol's 80 hits were impressive:Flesh For Fantasy,Dancing With Myself,White Wedding,Rebel Yell,etc.
Posted by KING on Tuesday, 01.28.14 @ 16:26pm
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:53pm
Needs "Eyes Without a Face" and "Cradle of Love" added to essential songs list.
Posted by dmg on Sunday, 04.19.15 @ 12:17pm
YES to Billy Idol Hall Of Fame. Mony Mony, Rebel Yell, White Weddng etc . Those hits stand the test of time. He's a unique artist and always enjoyed his music. Biased in that regard. KING
Posted by KING on Thursday, 05.14.15 @ 01:43am
Billy Idol's one of those artists you keep running down his hits in your mind and he has a chance. Mony,Mony, Cradle Of Love, Flesh For Fantasy, Rebel Yell, Eyes Without A Face, Dancing With Myself classic 80's and early 90's songs. I'm glad to see there has been some talk on these rock forums about Billy Idol and his RRHOF chances. He has my vote. KING
Posted by KING on Thursday, 06.4.15 @ 02:57am
KING, check out his recent song "Can't Break Me Down". Think you will like it.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.4.15 @ 07:19am
Saw this guy at Loufest in St. Louis last weekend. Over the years I've enjoyed his hits and I haven't really wondered what his importance was to rock & roll and pop music until now. After enjoying his set, it made me realize how he made his mark. I also watched the VH1's Behind the Music episode about him and learned about Billy more.
Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 09.19.15 @ 13:08pm
I think Billy Idol, like Ronnie James Dio should be inducted for their solo careers. But like Dio with Rainbow, Billy Idol should be inducted with Generation X before being inducted as a solo artist first.
Posted by DioPhan on Saturday, 03.19.16 @ 17:31pm
Billy idol is a rock icon and should be added to 2017 inductees. He is still out there making millions of genXers like myself happy. We love his music. I don't think its fair. Please for 46,000,000 GenXers who still listen to his music from 1975-2016. I have all his stuff and his music is and has always been brilliant. It got people to forget about life and have fun.
Posted by Dawn on Sunday, 10.16.16 @ 14:47pm
Billy is the best deep gritty sensual vocalist of Rock and Roll. He's also the best looking sexiest performer, even forty years on. He's a R&R icon!
Posted by Rocker on Thursday, 02.16.17 @ 03:50am
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