Billy Idol looking for himself
alexsavulescu | Ottawa, Canada | 06/29/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Like a Polaroid picture, this EP (four tracks plus an MTV interview) catches Billy Idol at the beginning of his solo career - a furious young man, who tries to hide his emotion under the raw energy of punk music. Idol was not, by all means, unaccustomed with celebrity - his just-disbanded group Generation X had proven it - but upon this occasion, we see more of him than he realized. Giggling throughout the interview with Martha Quinn, the bad boy of British-American rock-and-roll candidly demonstrates how much of a facade his onstage persona is. In a way, the interview is touching - both the artist and MTV were at the beginning of their careers, and they show a charming lack of sophistication.Musically, The EP has little surprises. "Mony, Mony" featured here in its first incarnation, and "Dancing with Myself", one of Idol's first self-penned songs (strongly hinting at masturbation, critics say), are the strong points of the record. "The Untouchables" and "Baby Talk" represent tentative steps towards other styles of music, but somehow stop in mid-air and seem incomplete.Overall, this is a good album, but not a phenomenal one, and its interest is mainly for fans or music historians. Billy Idol was not only dancing WITH, but also looking FOR himself."
More a "Hard-Core Fan Only" CD
Matt J. Craven | Everett, WA United States | 04/06/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album only has four songs on it, it being an EP and all, so you're not going to get a lot of bang for your buck, especially when one of the songs is "Dancing With Myself" and another is "Mony Mony" (both of which you can find on more expansive Idol albums). The other two songs are enjoyable: "Baby Talk" is extremely catchy despite not being all that great of a song, and "Untouchables" is a cool remake of a song he did with his old band, Generation X. But the only thing that really makes this album worth buying is for the Martha Quinn (one of the original MTV VJs) and Billy Idol interview. Although Idol says a few funny things (including something I don't think I'm allowed to print here), it's still nothing more than a novelty. In other words, this is an enjoyable EP, but don't break the bank buying it."
Dont Stop- Buy Me!
Matt J. Craven | 06/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this cd-the music is brilliant-couldnt be better. If you have tried this author before then you will enjoy this one!"