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.

CodeFormatTypeTitleOther SongsComment
GX-1Vinyl7" Perfect HitsYour generation, Ready steady go, Save my lifeOfficial bootleg
CHR1169VinylLPGeneration X Fully signed LP
CHR1169VinylLP Generation X White label promo – no sleeve
CHS 2165Vinyl7"Your generationDay by day 
CHS 2189Vinyl7" Wild youthWild dub 
CHS 2207Vinyl7"Ready steady goNo no no 
CHS 2261Vinyl7" King RockerGimme some truth5 different coloured vinyls
CHS 2310Vinyl7"Valley of the DollsShakin’ all overBlack and brown coloured issues
CHS 2330Vinyl7" Friday’s AngelsTrying for kicks / This HeatRed vinyl
CHS 2444Vinyl7" Dancing with myselfUgly rash 
CHS122444Vinyl12"Dancing with myself, Loopy Dub  
CHS2488Vinyl7"Dancing with myselfUntouchables, Rock on, King Rocker33rpm clear vinyl
CHS122488Vinyl12" Dancing with myself (Ext ver)Untouchables, Rock on, King Rocker 
CHS 2543Vinyl7"Mony mony,Baby talk, untouchables, Dancing with myself33rpm 7" – maybe US
CHS44000Vinyl12"Don’t Stop EPMony Mony, Baby Talk, Untouchable, Dancing with myself (Long version)American
CHS 2625AVinyl7"Hot in the cityDead on arrival 
CHS P 2625AVinyl7" Hot in the cityDead on arrivalpicture disk
CHS122625Vinyl12" Hot in the cityDead on arrival (?)White label promo with flyer
CHS122625Vinyl12"Hot in the cityDead on arrival 
CHS122656Vinyl12" White Wedding (parts 1 & 2)White Wedding, hole in the wall 
IDOL X1Vinyl12"Dancing with myselfLove calling (Dub), White wedding, hot in the city 
LC1626Vinyl12" Dancing with myselfLove calling (Dub), White wedding, hot in the cityMight be German – different cover
IDOLX 2Vinyl12"Rebel YellWhite wedding, crank call 
IDOL P 2-AVinyl7" Rebel YellCrank callSquare picture disk
IDOL3Vinyl7"Eyes without a faceCrank callGatefold
IDOL3Vinyl7"Eyes without a faceCrank call, White Wedding, Hole in the wall (CHS 2656)Double pack
IDOL X3Vinyl12"Eyes without a faceThe dead next door, Dancing with myself, rebel yell 
IDOLP 12 3Vinyl12" Eyes without a faceThe dead next door, Dancing with myself, rebel yellPicture disk
IDOL 4Vinyl7" Flesh for fantasyBlue highwayGatefold
IDOLX 4Vinyl12"Flesh for fantasy (below the belt mix)Flesh for fantasy, blue highwayBlack sleeve
IDOLX 4Vinyl12" Flesh for fantasy (below the belt mix)Flesh for fantasy, blue highway2 copies – one with poster
IDOLP 12 4Vinyl12"Flesh for fantasy (below the belt mix)Flesh for fantasy, blue highwayPicture disk
IDOL5Vinyl7" White weddingMega idol mix 
IDOL 5AVinyl7" White weddingMega idol mixClear vinyl
IDOL X 5Vinyl12" White wedding (Parts 1 & 2)Mega idol mixClear vinyl
IDOL X 5Vinyl12"White wedding (Parts 1 & 2)Mega idol mix (Flesh for fantasy), hot in the city, dancing with myself) 
IDOL X 5Vinyl12" White wedding (Parts 1 & 2)Mega idol mix (Flesh for fantasy), hot in the city, dancing with myself)White vinyl
IDOL 6Vinyl7" Rebel YellStand in the shadows 
IDOL X 6Vinyl12"Rebel Yell (extended version)(Do not stand) in the shadows), Blue highway2 x picture sleeves, slightly different and one black sleeve
IDOLP 6Vinyl12" Rebel Yell (extended version)(Do not stand) in the shadows), Blue highwayPicture disk
IDOL 8Vinyl7" To be a loverAll summer single 
IDOLX8Vinyl12"To be a lover (mother of mercy mix)All summer single, to be a loverWith free 12" – IDOLX 5a mega idol mix (see above!!)
IDOLP8Vinyl12" To be a lover (mother of mercy mix)All summer single, to be a loverPicture disk
IDOLX8Vinyl12"To be a lover (mother of mercy mix)All summer single, to be a loverOne with free sticker and slightly different wording on back and the other standard 12"
884 903-1Vinyl12" To be a lover (mother of mercy mix) All summer single, to be a loverFrench Promo (I think) with thicker record (!) and thicker card (type on spine)
IDOL 9Vinyl7"Don’t need a gunFatal charmSingle
IDOLG9Vinyl7" Don’t need a gunFatal charmGatefold
IDOL 9Vinyl12"Don’t need a gun (Melt down mix)Acapella version, Fatal charmWhite label promo
IDOLP 9Vinyl12" Don’t need a gun (Melt down mix)Acapella version, Fatal charmPicture disk
IDOLX9Vinyl12"Don’t need a gun (Melt down mix)Acapella version, Fatal charmNormal 12" and Import (also a beyond melt down remix but not sure where it is – used to be my favourite remix)
IDOLX10Vinyl12" Sweet sixteenBeyond belief, rebel yell (Ext.) 
IDOLP10Vinyl12"Sweet sixteenBeyond belief, rebel yell (Ext.)Picture disk
ZIDOL10CasseteCassingleSweet sixteenBeyond believeCassete single pack with postcards
IDOL 11Vinyl7"Mony monyShakin all over 
IDOLX11Vinyl12" Mony Mony (hung like a pony mix)Shaking all over, mony mony 
IDOLXP11Vinyl12"Mony Mony (hung like a pony mix)Shaking all over, mony monyPicture disk
IDOLX12Vinyl12" Hot in the city (exterminator mix)Catch my fall, soul standing by 
IDOLXP 12Vinyl12"Hot in the city (exterminator mix)Catch my fall, soul standing byPicture disk
IDOL13Vinyl7" Catch my fallAll summer single 
IDOLB13Vinyl7"Catch my fallAll summer single7" pack
IDOLX13Vinyl12" Catch my fall (re-mix fix)All summer single 
IDOL14Vinyl7"Cradle of love311 manPromo
IDOLXP14Vinyl12"Cradle of dub (extended mix)Cradle of love (LP ver), Rob the cradle of dub (extended mix), 311 ManPicture disk
IDOLX14Vinyl12" Cradle of dub (extended mix)Cradle of love (LP ver), Rob the cradle of dub (extended mix), 311 Man 
IDOLX15Vinyl12"LA WomanLicense to thrill, Lovechild 
IDOLXP15Vinyl12" LA WomanLicense to thrill, LovechildPicture disk
IDOLX16Vinyl12"Prodigal bluesThe loveless, mark of caine 
IDOLXP16Vinyl12" Prodigal bluesThe loveless, mark of cainePicture disk
IDOL 16Vinyl7" Prodigal bluesThe lovelessGatefold
CHS 3994Vinyl7"Shock to the systemAftershock 
CHS 3994Vinyl12"Shock to the systemHeroin (Overlords mix), Heroin Durga trance dub) 
VV24826Vinyl12" Heroin9 mixes of itUS Promo white vinyl
BM110Vinyl7" SpeedRebel Yell (acoustic)Poster pack
CHR1450VinylLPRebel YellRebel 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 doorGold stamped promo LP
RML 53178VinylLP Whiplash SmileWorlds 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 chanceAustralian translucent brown vinyl
BILTPIVinylLP11 of the bestRebel 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 myselfPicture disk
TTS 1003Vinyl Interview disk Saw shaped picture disk
TT interview disk Interview disk Normal picture disk
LSM 02  Interview disk  
BAK 2103 Interview disk Picture disk
Billy1Vinyl 7" Interview disk Picture disk set of three

Billy Idol 7″ Photos

Billy Idol 12″ / LP Photos