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Love Calling (2002 Digital Remaster)

By: Billy Idol

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After earning his punk rep in the 1970s with the seminal band Generation X, Billy Idol became one of the more unlikely pop icons of the 1980s. With his peroxide-blond spikey hair, trademark sneer, "rough boy" looks, and pop-ready anthems, Idol would become an early-MTV darling. By the middle of the decade he was a consistent hitmaker on both sides of the Atlantic, with enduring singles such as "Eyes Without a Face," his #1 cover of "Mony Mony," and "Cradle of Love."

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1   Come On, Come On (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
2   White Wedding - Part 1 (2001 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
3   Hot In The City (2001 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
4   Dead On Arrival (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
5   Nobody's Business (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
6   Love Calling (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
7   Hole In The Wall (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
8   Shooting Stars (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
9   It's So Cruel (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
10   Dancing With Myself (2001 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy

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It may be debatable when the punk and new wave subculture of the late '70s and early '80s first broke through to the mainstream, but this album remains a perennial contender. Indeed, the cover shot alone perfectly encapsulates the clich├ęs--the sultry pout, black leather vest, tattoos, and spiked bleached hair--of an entire era. After leaving the popular British punk outfit Generation X (represented here by their ubiquitous, if belated American breakthrough hit, "Dancing with Myself"), Idol was shrewd and/or lucky enough to pump up his image just in time for the rise of MTV, infuse his music with guitarist Steve Stevens's metal flash, and hook up with Kiss's former manager--though not necessarily in that order. Former Gen X producer Keith Forsey further burnished Idol's trademark snarl with accessible pop flourishes and yielded two sizable hits, "White Wedding" and "Hot in the City." While "Love Calling" weds some catchy vocal hooks with a Burundi beat to good effect, much of the rest comes off as flaccid, rushed filler. Though 24-bit mastering enhances the sound greatly, the album's brief 10 tracks could have benefited greatly from the inclusion of an original-release track ("Congo Man" was replaced by "Dancing with Myself" shortly after the album's initial '82 release) and several contemporary EP songs that are strangely MIA here. --Jerry McCulley

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