Welcome back Billy.
This album is a refreshing listen, with plenty of throwbacks to his '80s heyday, plenty of great stories in the songs, and loads of energy - sometimes too much - but this is Billy Idol. He's either the echo of Elvis, or the Sensei of Axl Rose, so no matter the song, he's got it down.
His new memors are the perfect accompaniment to this album, which follows his career and life as a post punk superstar. The songs on Kings and Queens of the underground are a perfect reflection and if you thought you knew Billy Idol, this album reaffirms what you know. A dark angel with plenty to share. The title track is probably the most oustanding track on the album - just listen to it and you'll understand why. Other songs of note include Ghosts In My Guitar which is a nod to lost friends and how you've got to keep them in your heart and move on, Bitter Pill is the perfect opening to the album, and deliberately so by the time you're into Save Me Now, the concept of this album makes sense. Then of course some ripsnorters like Whiskey and Pills and the first single Can't Break Me Down are just wonderful.
Really, really like it!
I get pretty excited when Lenny Kravitz releases a new album. He has a knack, an ablility, a penchant to rechurn a classic sound into something new. The first single "The Chamber" is an almighty 80's rock throwback and feels instantly familiar. It's a really strong first single and got my blood pumping for the rest of the seemingly strong album. Look at those song titles... 'Sex', 'Dirty White Boots', She's A Beast' whet's the appetite.
By the time I finished the album, I felt a little let down. How can I say this nicely.. perhaps he peaked in 2002. Really, the rest of the album reeks of stock-standard blues riffs, predictable progressions, and boring lyrics. It disappointingly ends on a cover of Linda Ronstadt's 'Oh Baby Baby'.
Has Lenny lost his mojo? 6/10.
Reading Billy Idol's memoirs' "Dancing With Myself" is an entertaining account of the punk scene, success and life story.
Between stories behind hits like "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding," he opens up about his battles with drugs and alcohol, shares stories of what he describes as "sexual deviancy" (including one that landed him in court) and relives the harrowing 1990 motorcycle accident that put his career on pause. Now that he has slowed down, Idol says he's grateful to be able to talk about his exploits in the past tense.
The experience even led to the singer's first album of original music in nine years, Kings and Queens of the Underground. "It all began when we wrote the song 'Kings and Queens of the Underground,'" he says. "It's got a story, and it's my story. It's my story in song. It was a big song for us to write, and it took us down a certain road that led us to reinterpreting the sort of classic style song of mine for the 2014s. We had a new world in front of us again."
(It's a sight better than his recent Christmas album. We're still recovering)
Michael Jackson is the top-earning dead celebrity according to Forbes. His estate collected approx $140 million in the past year.
He earned more than twice as much as Elvis Presley ($55 million) and three times more than Charles Schulz ($40 million), although that's hardly Peanuts. (thank me later).
"Few celebrities prove the point that there is (financial) life after death better than Michael Jackson," according to Forbes.