Category Archives: Billy Idol

Don’t You [Forget About Me]

Very special thanks to Marko for sharing this rare promo.

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01 Don’t You [Forget About Me] (Radio Edit)
02 Don’t You [Forget About Me] (KJ Club Mix Radio Edit)
03 Don’t You [Forget About Me] (KJ Harmonix Radio Mix)
04 Don’t You [Forget About Me] (KJ Club Mix)

INFO > Producer Keith Forsey and guitarist Steve Schiff wrote “Don’t You [Forget About Me]” for the soundtrack to director John Hughes’ 1985 film, “The Breakfast Club.” Stories vary as to how many and which artists were offered—and rejected—the opportunity to perform the song, but rumored among them were Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol. While Simple Minds would ultimately record “Don’t You [Forget About Me]”, they too passed on the tune initially. The single went on to be a huge international hit, and elevated Simple Minds to dizzying heights of fame, marking a turning point in the band’s career that changed their musical direction, and arguably compromised their credibility.

In a recent piece for Spin, Slow Change May Pull Us Apart: The Oral History of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You [Forget About Me]”, Andrew Unterberger chronicle’s the song’s history through interviews with key players associated with its production. An intriguing revelation included amid the online article’s multimedia material is Forsey & Schiff’s original demo recording. Although Forsey claims that Billy Idol was not approached for the project, its hard to imagine that the peroxide punker wouldn’t have been considered, given Forsey’s prominent association with Idol. Even listening to the Simple Minds single, it sounds like the song was written specifically for Idol.

Sixteen years later, Billy Idol would finally claim the composition that (in my humble opinion) was rightfully his, recording “Don’t You [Forget About Me]” with Keith Forsey for a 2001 greatest hits collection. All of the versions on this promo single are exclusive to the release.

Heroin

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01 Heroin (V.R. Heroin)
02 Heroin (Original Mix)
03 Heroin (Needle Park Mix)
04 Heroin (Overlords Mix)
05 Heroin (Nosebleed Mix)

INFO > Former Generation X frontman Billy Idol (born William Broad) has sustained a solo career for over 30 years, experiencing his greatest success in the 1980s, thanks to catchy rock anthems and an MTV-ready glam-punk image.

Velvet Underground cover “Heroin” was the lead single from Idol’s 1993 experimental concept album “Cyberpunk.” Although a commercial failure, the album’s Macintosh-based, home studio production was ahead of its time. Equally groundbreaking was the promotional campaign for “Cyberpunk”, which employed the internet, e-mail, virtual communities, and multimedia software. Techno-tinged “Heroin” was remixed by Tony Garcia and The Overlords, who collectively created eight versions of the track.

While his fame has faded, the 57-year-old Idol still continues to record new music, collaborate with other artists, tour, and occasionally act.

(Not) LIVE > I’ve wanted to experience Billy Idol live since I was in high school over 25 years ago. So, to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, the wife and I had planned to see Billy perform last night at The House of Blues in Atlantic City (yes, I know – very romantic). Unfortunately, Mrs. Shelf wasn’t feeling well, and frankly, I didn’t feel like driving to AC. Well, I’ve waited this long…

HELP > Anyone have the US promo CD for Idol’s 2001 recording of “Don’t You Forget About Me”?