Behind The Song

Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”: from punk rocker to pop star

“Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol is now a classic for good reason. It showcases his unique ability to put a hard edge on a pop song, and it was one of the reasons his 1983 Rebel Yell album went double platinum. His success paved the way for a mainstream embrace of the aesthetics of punk rock, heralding a turning point in 1980’s music at large. One listen to this song and you want more more more…dig in to the story behind it in the new episode of the Behind The Song podcast.

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