After ‘Charmed Life’, Billy wanted to do something different. He didn’t want to keep repeating his previous work over and over again. Let me tell you he completely succeeded. The album is nothing like his previous work and I think was way ahead of its time. ‘Cyberpunk’ delivered Billy’s most experimental and most controversial album.
Billy became fascinated with technology and the cyberpunk movement of the early 90’s. He saw how the advancement could be used to make music and in fact, this was one of the first albums to use ProTools for almost the entire recording of the album. He felt the use of the computers allowed him to do things faster and he felt it gave the whole feel of a garage band. I don’t know about that last part, but it was the very early stages of how albums and music would be recorded down the road.
When he released the single for “Shock to the System” he released it with a 3 1/2″ Floppy Disc. MP’s eat your heart out. The disc housed pictures, bios and all the things you now see issued in todays electronic press kits (EPK). He was also was one of the first albums to actually have an email address in the booklet that came with the album (don’t try it, it no longer works).
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Billy Idol’s world was different now after ‘Whiplash Smile’ and ‘Vital Idol’. Steve Stevens was gone, his manager Bill Aucoin was gone and he needed a fresh start. After reconciling with his girlfriend, Perri Lister, they moved from New York City to Los Angeles to give things a go.
Billy and Perri had a baby boy, Billy bought himself a motorcycle, Billy got the acting bug and Billy couldn’t stay faithful to Perri. A lot was going on. Oh yeah, and he continued to use drugs. So, where to begin. I will give a Cliff Notes version as it would be a rather long synopsis if I didn’t.
I guess we will go with the fact that he had a baby and was now a dad, but it didn’t seem to stop his infidelity. He continually cheated on Perri and even fell for a girl 13 years younger than him. Well, he knocked her up and she gave Billy a beautiful baby girl. This of course was the end of Billy & Perri when she found out.
Billy also met a lot of people in the movie business and actually got a big role in the Oliver Stone movie ‘The Doors’ about Jim Morrison and the band. But before he could do that role, Billy went and had himself a little motorcycle accident which nearly cost him one of his legs. As a result, he couldn’t do the role and had to settle for a much lesser role in the movie. In fact, it was so bad he wasn’t able to promote his new album he had been working on called ‘Charmed Life’. He did appear in the video for the first single (more on that later), but not much else.
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