Billy Idol Release Previously Unheard Song From Rebel Yell Era

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Billy Idol has unveiled a hidden gem from his Rebel Yell era with the release of “Best Way Out of Here,” a track that didn’t make the final cut back in 1983.

Reflecting on the song’s origins in an Instagram video, Idol shared insights into its creation. He recalled:

“Back in ’83, must have been working on it, and then didn’t quite finish it.
“But a lot of it’s there. A lot of what Steve [Stevens] had done.”

What’s striking about this track is its unexpected inspiration. Idol revealed that Stevens, his guitarist, seemed heavily influenced by Prince during the recording sessions. Idol remarked:

“Sounds like Steve was very influenced by Prince. It’s almost like a Prince backing track with Billy Idol singing.”

Indeed, the Prince’s influence is palpable in “Best Way Out of Here.” The song grooves with one of the funkiest rhythms in Idol’s repertoire, while Stevens’ guitar work channels the spirit of Prince’s “Kiss.” Meanwhile, Idol’s vocals take on a unique reggae-rock fusion.

As for the lyrical content, Idol admitted to some improvisation. He confessed:

“I think I’m kind of scatting in the lyrics.
“I think I’m probably looking for what I’m trying to sing about. So really, am I making that much sense? I don’t know.”

‘Rebel Yell’ Celebrates 40 Years with Special Reissue

The track release coincides with the 40th-anniversary reissue of Rebel Yell, a seminal album in Idol’s career. Alongside “Best Way Out of Here,” the expanded edition features the Poolside remix of his hit “Eyes Without a Face” and his previously unreleased cover of Rose Royce’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.”

To mark the occasion, the Empire State Building will illuminate the New York skyline in honor of Billy Idol on April 30. Additionally, Idol will treat fans to a special acoustic performance at the iconic landmark, accompanied by Steve Stevens.

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