Song of the Day #4,305: ‘Rebel Yell’ – Billy Idol

We have reached the end of a five-week dive into the albums of 1983, and I am more convinced than ever that this was one of the great years for popular music.

So many excellent artists and albums, so many important debuts. And I didn’t get to a host of other albums I considered for this series. Here’s a sampling of some of those titles: Jackson Browne’s Lawyers in Love, Ozzy Osbourne’s Bark At the Moon, Depeche Mode’s Construction Time Again, Tears For Fears’ The Hurting, New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies, Duran Duran’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

Whew.

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Song of the Day #77: ‘Cradle of Love’ – Billy Idol

Ah, the ‘Cradle of Love’ video.

This was one of the formative experiences of my youth (at least I remember it that way… it turns out the video got most of its airplay in 1990, when I was 18). I must have watched this video a hundred times when it was popular, eating up every piece of eye candy.

The story is essentially a PG-rated porn plot. Jailbait vixen knocks on her uptight neighbor’s door and asks to use his stereo. Caught up in the music, she lets loose, performing an elaborate striptease, kicking her shoe into the fish tank (how rude!) and treating herself to a glass of wine (which conveniently spills on her blouse).

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