With his first new album in nearly a decade coming up fast, Billy Idol is giving Billboard (and fans) an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the recording process for Kings & Queens of the Underground.
“It’s my life put into words,” Idol says of the upcoming album, out Oct. 21. “A lot of it is bouncing off my autobiography, which I’ve been writing as I’ve been making this record… It’s got quite confessional lyrics. ‘I sold all my vinyl, it went up my arm.’ That was heavy in those days, when you’d sell your record collection for drugs.”
In addition to previewing several of the tracks from Kings & Queens of the Underground in the clip, Idol explains why he’s taken his time with this one.
“Making millions of records is fantastic, but you want to make the right record,” Idol says. “We waited until we had this sensual feeling — the cinematic, high-def, widescreen, CinemaScope version of this music.”
Kings & Queens of the Underground Track List
1. Bitter Pill
2. Can’t Break Me Down
3. Save Me Now
4. One Breath Away
5. Postcards From The Past
6. Kings & Queens Of The Underground
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. Ghosts In My Guitar
9. Nothing To Fear
10. Love And Glory
11. Whiskey And Pills