- Released: March 26, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Capitol
Q - 6/01, p.1283 stars out of 5
- "...This is effectively 1988's 11-track compilation IDOL SONGS, with just 5 numbers added, including a live acoustic 'Rebel Yell' and, oddly, a completely new version of Simple Minds' 'Don't You Forget About Me'..."
- 1.Dancing With Myself
- 2.Mony Mony
- 3.Hot In The City
- 4.White Wedding (Part I)
- 5.Rebel Yell
- 6.Eyes Without A Face
- 7.Flesh For Fantasy
- 8.Catch My Fall
- 9.To Be A Lover
- 10.Don't Need A Gun
- 11.Sweet Sixteen
- 12.Cradle Of Love
- 13.L.A. Woman
- 14.Shock To The System
- 15.Rebel Yell
- 16.Don't You (Forget About Me)
Producer: Keith Forsey, Robin Hancock.
Compilation producer: Kevin Flaherty.
Recorded between 1983 & 1993. Includes liner notes by Ben Edmonds.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Bartley & Keith Forsey.
Personnel: Billy Idol (vocals, guitar); Mark Younger-Smith, Steve Stevens (guitar); Julian Beeston , Keith Forsey (programming).
Liner Note Author: Ben Edmonds.
Photographers: Peter Gravelle; Neal Preston.
Though he made his initial splash as the singer for UK pop-punks Generation X in the late-'70s, Billy Idol's greatest success came as a solo artist. In the '80s, Idol took punk's bad-boy attitude and merged it with the pop accessibility of new wave to produce a stream of huge hits. All of Idol's biggies are included here, and when they're gathered together in one place, they serve as a reminder of just how strong his popcraft was.
From the turbo-charged R&B of "Mony Mony" to the goth-tinged "White Wedding" and the somewhat surreal balladry of "Eyes Without a Face," this is Idol at his finest. With his Elvis sneer, Jim Morrison baritone, and Iggy-on-steroids image, he was the ultimate '80s rock poster boy, and GREATEST HITS proves that he had the tunes to back up that carefully constructed image.