Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV's first megastars. Idol created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of '77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation, and rock'n'roll decadence. Following the breakup of Generation X, Idol went solo in 1982 with his breakout self-titled debut. And although it remains a classic, 1983 follow-up Rebel Yell stands as his reigning masterpiece. Equal parts new-wave, metal, punk, and pop, the double platinum affair reunited Idol with the hit-making team of producer Keith Forsey and guitarist Steve Stevens and generated the anthemic and seductive hit singles "Rebel Yell," "Eyes Without a Face" and "Flesh for Fantasy."