Billy Idol / Generation X

Looking through some of the purchases I made back in the early 90’s, I must have spent quite some money on collecting together this collection.  At the time I thought it was one of the most comprehensive record collections put together (as I’d seen no others!!).  Whenever Record Collector did a feature I would wonder why they’d missed a wadge of records I owned.  Though I was pleased they gave the original 7″ perfect hits some validation – thought it was a bootleg – I only own one of them though – could have bought both many years ago.

I have seen Billy Idol a few times, Milton Keynes supporting Bon Jovi (who were the worst on the bill which also included Little Angels and Manic Street Preachers), Wembley (two nights in a row) and the best gig I’ve ever been to Billy Idol and Generation X at the Astoria.  I didn’t realise Generation X was reforming for the evening and was delighted when they knocked through a load of their songs.

Related bands

Include Steve Stevens (his superb guitarist), Sigue Sigue Sputnik (Tony James – Bass Player of Generation X), Empire, Westworld (seriously under rated) and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Old Discography

Below is an old list of my purchases and below that the gallery of photos of them.  More up to date info will be on my discogs page eventually. Looks like I first uploaded this in 2004 so have another 15 years of records to add to this. Whilst it is so easy to purchase rare items on-line now, half the fun I found was traipsing up to Notting Hill / Camden/ Shepherds Bush and trawl through the unsorted records at the various record and tape exchange stores.

Code Format Type Title Other Songs Comment
GX-1 Vinyl 7" Perfect Hits Your generation, Ready steady go, Save my life Official bootleg
CHR1169 Vinyl LP Generation X   Fully signed LP
CHR1169 Vinyl LP Generation X   White label promo – no sleeve
CHS 2165 Vinyl 7" Your generation Day by day  
CHS 2189 Vinyl 7" Wild youth Wild dub  
CHS 2207 Vinyl 7" Ready steady go No no no  
CHS 2261 Vinyl 7" King Rocker Gimme some truth 5 different coloured vinyls
CHS 2310 Vinyl 7" Valley of the Dolls Shakin’ all over Black and brown coloured issues
CHS 2330 Vinyl 7" Friday’s Angels Trying for kicks / This Heat Red vinyl
CHS 2444 Vinyl 7" Dancing with myself Ugly rash  
CHS122444 Vinyl 12" Dancing with myself, Loopy Dub    
CHS2488 Vinyl 7" Dancing with myself Untouchables, Rock on, King Rocker 33rpm clear vinyl
CHS122488 Vinyl 12" Dancing with myself (Ext ver) Untouchables, Rock on, King Rocker  
CHS 2543 Vinyl 7" Mony mony, Baby talk, untouchables, Dancing with myself 33rpm 7" – maybe US
CHS44000 Vinyl 12" Don’t Stop EP Mony Mony, Baby Talk, Untouchable, Dancing with myself (Long version) American
CHS 2625A Vinyl 7" Hot in the city Dead on arrival  
CHS P 2625A Vinyl 7" Hot in the city Dead on arrival picture disk
CHS122625 Vinyl 12" Hot in the city Dead on arrival (?) White label promo with flyer
CHS122625 Vinyl 12" Hot in the city Dead on arrival  
CHS122656 Vinyl 12" White Wedding (parts 1 & 2) White Wedding, hole in the wall  
IDOL X1 Vinyl 12" Dancing with myself Love calling (Dub), White wedding, hot in the city  
LC1626 Vinyl 12" Dancing with myself Love calling (Dub), White wedding, hot in the city Might be German – different cover
IDOLX 2 Vinyl 12" Rebel Yell White wedding, crank call  
IDOL P 2-A Vinyl 7" Rebel Yell Crank call Square picture disk
IDOL3 Vinyl 7" Eyes without a face Crank call Gatefold
IDOL3 Vinyl 7" Eyes without a face Crank call, White Wedding, Hole in the wall (CHS 2656) Double pack
IDOL X3 Vinyl 12" Eyes without a face The dead next door, Dancing with myself, rebel yell  
IDOLP 12 3 Vinyl 12" Eyes without a face The dead next door, Dancing with myself, rebel yell Picture disk
IDOL 4 Vinyl 7" Flesh for fantasy Blue highway Gatefold
IDOLX 4 Vinyl 12" Flesh for fantasy (below the belt mix) Flesh for fantasy, blue highway Black sleeve
IDOLX 4 Vinyl 12" Flesh for fantasy (below the belt mix) Flesh for fantasy, blue highway 2 copies – one with poster
IDOLP 12 4 Vinyl 12" Flesh for fantasy (below the belt mix) Flesh for fantasy, blue highway Picture disk
IDOL5 Vinyl 7" White wedding Mega idol mix  
IDOL 5A Vinyl 7" White wedding Mega idol mix Clear vinyl
IDOL X 5 Vinyl 12" White wedding (Parts 1 & 2) Mega idol mix Clear vinyl
IDOL X 5 Vinyl 12" White wedding (Parts 1 & 2) Mega idol mix (Flesh for fantasy), hot in the city, dancing with myself)  
IDOL X 5 Vinyl 12" White wedding (Parts 1 & 2) Mega idol mix (Flesh for fantasy), hot in the city, dancing with myself) White vinyl
IDOL 6 Vinyl 7" Rebel Yell Stand in the shadows  
IDOL X 6 Vinyl 12" Rebel Yell (extended version) (Do not stand) in the shadows), Blue highway 2 x picture sleeves, slightly different and one black sleeve
IDOLP 6 Vinyl 12" Rebel Yell (extended version) (Do not stand) in the shadows), Blue highway Picture disk
IDOL 8 Vinyl 7" To be a lover All summer single  
IDOLX8 Vinyl 12" To be a lover (mother of mercy mix) All summer single, to be a lover With free 12" – IDOLX 5a mega idol mix (see above!!)
IDOLP8 Vinyl 12" To be a lover (mother of mercy mix) All summer single, to be a lover Picture disk
IDOLX8 Vinyl 12" To be a lover (mother of mercy mix) All summer single, to be a lover One with free sticker and slightly different wording on back and the other standard 12"
884 903-1 Vinyl 12" To be a lover (mother of mercy mix)  All summer single, to be a lover French Promo (I think) with thicker record (!) and thicker card (type on spine)
IDOL 9 Vinyl 7" Don’t need a gun Fatal charm Single
IDOLG9 Vinyl 7" Don’t need a gun Fatal charm Gatefold
IDOL 9 Vinyl 12" Don’t need a gun (Melt down mix) Acapella version, Fatal charm White label promo
IDOLP 9 Vinyl 12" Don’t need a gun (Melt down mix) Acapella version, Fatal charm Picture disk
IDOLX9 Vinyl 12" Don’t need a gun (Melt down mix) Acapella version, Fatal charm Normal 12" and Import (also a beyond melt down remix but not sure where it is – used to be my favourite remix)
IDOLX10 Vinyl 12" Sweet sixteen Beyond belief, rebel yell (Ext.)  
IDOLP10 Vinyl 12" Sweet sixteen Beyond belief, rebel yell (Ext.) Picture disk
ZIDOL10 Cassete Cassingle Sweet sixteen Beyond believe Cassete single pack with postcards
IDOL 11 Vinyl 7" Mony mony Shakin all over  
IDOLX11 Vinyl 12" Mony Mony (hung like a pony mix) Shaking all over, mony mony  
IDOLXP11 Vinyl 12" Mony Mony (hung like a pony mix) Shaking all over, mony mony Picture disk
IDOLX12 Vinyl 12" Hot in the city (exterminator mix) Catch my fall, soul standing by  
IDOLXP 12 Vinyl 12" Hot in the city (exterminator mix) Catch my fall, soul standing by Picture disk
IDOL13 Vinyl 7" Catch my fall All summer single  
IDOLB13 Vinyl 7" Catch my fall All summer single 7" pack
IDOLX13 Vinyl 12" Catch my fall (re-mix fix) All summer single  
IDOL14 Vinyl 7" Cradle of love 311 man Promo
IDOLXP14 Vinyl 12" Cradle of dub (extended mix) Cradle of love (LP ver), Rob the cradle of dub (extended mix), 311 Man Picture disk
IDOLX14 Vinyl 12" Cradle of dub (extended mix) Cradle of love (LP ver), Rob the cradle of dub (extended mix), 311 Man  
IDOLX15 Vinyl 12" LA Woman License to thrill, Lovechild  
IDOLXP15 Vinyl 12" LA Woman License to thrill, Lovechild Picture disk
IDOLX16 Vinyl 12" Prodigal blues The loveless, mark of caine  
IDOLXP16 Vinyl 12" Prodigal blues The loveless, mark of caine Picture disk
IDOL 16 Vinyl 7" Prodigal blues The loveless Gatefold
CHS 3994 Vinyl 7" Shock to the system Aftershock  
CHS 3994 Vinyl 12" Shock to the system Heroin (Overlords mix), Heroin Durga trance dub)  
VV24826 Vinyl 12" Heroin 9 mixes of it US Promo white vinyl
BM110 Vinyl 7" Speed Rebel Yell (acoustic) Poster pack
CHR1450 Vinyl LP Rebel Yell Rebel Yell, Daytime drama, eyes without a face, blue highway, flesh for fantasy, catch my fall, crank call, (Do not) stand in the shadows), the dead next door Gold stamped promo LP
RML 53178 Vinyl LP Whiplash Smile Worlds forgotten boy, to be a lover, soul standing by, sweet sixteen, man for all seasons, don’t need a gun, beyond belief, fatal charm, all summer single, one night one chance Australian translucent brown vinyl
BILTPI Vinyl LP 11 of the best Rebel yell, hot in the city, white wedding, eyes without a face, catch my fall, mony mony, to be a lover, sweet sixteen, flesh for fantasy, don’t need a gun, dancing with myself Picture disk
TTS 1003 Vinyl Interview disk   Saw shaped picture disk
TT interview disk   Interview disk   Normal picture disk
LSM 02   Interview disk    
BAK 2103   Interview disk   Picture disk
Billy1 Vinyl 7" Interview disk   Picture disk set of three

Billy Idol 7″ Photos

Billy Idol 12″ / LP Photos