Sunday, June 13, 2010

Billy Idol: Poplar Creek (1984)


Before I started this blog I made a list of all the possible material to include here. Nowhere on the list was a Billy Idol bootleg from the mid-eighties and if anyone had suggested a such I would have punched them in the mouth (well, knowing me I would've been resentfully miffed and held onto poisonous thoughts about the Idol-suggester for months). But now, lo and behold, three years in, I was inspired by the positive reaction not to just the Gen X material (see here) but to Mister William Broad himself, to post this FM Broadcast and mention once and for all that Idol's solo career contained some fine moments (and some wretched ones), including one of my favourite songs of his, "Do Not Stand in the Shadows".


(Note both the album version and the Poplar Creek one are better than the MTV one embedded above)

This set highlights Billy's more American Radio-friendly Elvis-meets-Jim-Morrison shtick but stripped of the disco-fairy-dust of producer Keith Forsey it hits a lot harder.


Live at Poplar Creek link is in the comments.

UPDATE 1) According to Blogger's stats this is the most popular post I've ever made (i.e. this week it's at 802 page views to 223 for the last Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan. This makes no sense to me, since it's a year old post that has never seemed to eleict that much of a reaction. Thoughts?

Update 2 ) Anon adds:

Billy Idol - Rock Am Ring 2005 (DVD)
Size: 873MB
Time: 01:01:22
Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9KW96C76


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    IF YOU'VE COME THIS FAR, YOU SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER LEAVING A COMMENT!




    http://www.mediafire.com/?zdnydiztijw

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  2. Hats off to you for posting this bad ass stuff.

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  3. If you like this one, try and find the FM bootleg to his 1987 tour from South Dakota. I saw him on this tour and that boot is my favorite.

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  4. Thanks for all the Idolatry. Long time guilty pleasure, and my gateway drug into Velvet Underground back in 1987.

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  5. Yeah, thx for posting all the Generation X / Idol stuff!


    stay IDOL...

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  6. Stephen
    Posting the bad-ass stuff is one of our specialties 'round here! Glad you liked.

    Brad32
    I will have to check that one out.

    ArtfulDrudger
    It's always fascinating to find how we get the Velvets - glad Billy did it for you.

    Anon
    It was much fun, glad everyone enjoyed it.

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  7. Jeffen, do you have any Billy Idol (solo) demos?


    stay IDOL...

    Best Regards / mkidol

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  8. Best blog ever! My Gen X library is twice the size it used to be!

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  9. mkidol
    No solo demos (I looked) but they would be cool to find.

    Anon
    Always glad to increase the amount of Gen X in the world!

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  10. Thank you ever so much for all the Generation X and live '84 Billy Idol! The points and comments you made along the way were all appreciated, too! This is a great blog you have here, and I thank you for sharing your insights, and stories in addition to the music!

    As for Gen X vs Idol: When each artist is at their best, they're really something! Gen X often has an edge that some of the Idol stuff lacks, and yet I still think Idol makes most of his solo stuff work, and I'm looking forward to his new album.

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  11. Feel free to delete my post here and make your own blog post with the following link and info:

    Link:

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9KW96C76

    Info:

    Billy Idol - Rock Am Ring 2005
    Size: 873MB
    Time: 01:01:22

    SETLIST
    01. Super Overdrive
    02. Dancing With Myself
    03. Flesh For Fantasy
    04. Body Snatcher
    05. White Wedding
    06. Scream
    07. Eyes Without A Face
    08. Rat Race
    09. World Coming Down
    10. Ready Steady Go
    11. Jump
    12. Rebel Yell

    It's an avi file, so you can rip it to DVD if you want, or just watch on your computer. It is GREAT!

    It's either from toys001 or anon on http://thepiratebay.org/ so thanks to them!

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  12. And of course, thank YOU for all the BFI related material here!

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  13. In the link from anonymous two posts ago, there is one skip in both "Super Overdrive" and "Eyes Without Face" but otherwise it's great!

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  14. Hi Jeffen,
    Thanks for the Billy Idol stuff !!!
    Strange guy ! a survivor... 56 years old & seems so young ...

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  15. MR
    Saw some recent footage when I was rooting around YouTube and you're right - he looks pretty good.

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  16. re-up this Awesome poplar creek concert please...
    Thank you for your efforts!!!

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