So, this obsession was more slow growing than most.
See, I saw a clip on YouTube about six months ago of Billy Idol performing some familiar song of his with Miley Cyrus. I probably watched it because I really like Miley.
I was like Damn, that old man still has really good abs.
Then I would hear a song of his here or there on a classic 80s rock weekend on the radio.
I was like I didn’t care much for Billy Idol back in the day, but his music is really growing on me now.
Then, well, the obsession hit me like a ton of bricks, as they usually do.
I had a dream where I was dating Billy Idol.
Old Billy, as he is now. We didn’t do anything kinky. He just held my hand and was attentive and loving.
I woke up, told my husband I had a dream I was dating Billy Idol. Then I went back to sleep.
And had ANOTHER dream. This time I was at a rich friend’s house. We were both teenagers. She had like five televisions and I had Billy Idol on all of them.
After I woke up, I was compelled to search YouTube for Billy Idol music videos. The first one I came across was “Cradle of Love.”
I didn’t listen to rock music until like 1989. The only song he had that really came out after that that was big was “Cradle of Love.” I remembered now watching it on Canada’s Video Hits.
And I realized the swanky apartment and the moving portraits in the video were VERY similar to my dream. (Damn you, subconscious.)
I didn’t think I knew that many Billy Idol songs.
But then I discovered the theme song to the long-ago cancelled 21 Jump Street spin-off Booker starring Richard Grieco was a Billy Idol song.
I discovered he was in the Adam Sandler movie The Wedding Singer. I promptly borrowed it from my local library.
I have been busy schooling myself on his life courtesy of Wikipedia and VH1’s Behind the Music. (FYI-One of those only implies he has one child. He actually has two. I found their pictures on the interweb 😉 I have refreshed my memory on his bad motorcycle accident. I am using YouTube to try and listen to his other songs. His more current stuff is pretty damn good. The good thing about becoming obsessed with someone who already has a full career is there is a never-ending wealth of work to mine for my own satisfaction.
And, I discovered his abs are better now then they were on some occasions in the 1980s.
I thought my friends would be shocked that I liked Billy Idol. They were all just like “Oh ya, I’ve always liked him.”
Uh, why didn’t you give ME the memo of how awesome he was?
And this obsession too shall pass, to be replaced by another fleeting passion.
…Actually, have you ever noticed how Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer looks an awful lot like Billy Idol?
After watching the final three seasons of Buffy (and the last season of Angel), I now have a Spike obsession as well. Thank you James Marsters.
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