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Performer: Billy Idol
Title: Whiplash Smile
Style: Contemporary Pop/Rock,Dance-Rock,Hard Rock,Album Rock
Duration: 45:29
Location: Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY
Relesed: 1986
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 427
Other formats: MP2 ASF AC3 RA AHX MPC

Whiplash Smile is the third studio album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol. It was released on 20 October 1986 by Chrysalis Records. After his successful album Rebel Yell (1983), Idol continued his collaboration with Keith Forsey and Steve Stevens while writing and producing songs for the album. Commercially, the album noted a success similar to his previous album

Although it was ultimately an unsatisfying album, failing to live up to the promise of its fabulous single, "To Be a Lover," Whiplash Smile still burned clean with an immediately recognizable 1980s energy. Like Billy Idol himself, who affected the punk archetype but cut it with a two-dimensional, cartoonish plasticity perfect for the decade, Whiplash Smile expands on the sound of the 1983 breakthrough Rebel Yell while cleverly leaving its key elements unchanged.

Mastered At – Sterling Sound. Artwork By – Billy Idol, Gorman. Bass – Billy Idol, John Regan, Marcus Miller, Steve Stevens. Whiplash Smile ‎(LP, Album).

Released on 20 October 1986, Whiplash Smile is the third studio album by Billy Idol. Idol had this to say about the making of the album: Whiplash Smile had a lot of potential. It should have been a worthy successor to Rebel Yell, an album featuring a real band working, rehearsing, and recording songs collaboratively.

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Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Worlds Forgotten Boy Billy Idol / Steve Stevens Billy Idol 5:43
2 To Be a Lover William Bell / Booker T. Jones Billy Idol 3:52
3 Soul Standing By Billy Idol Billy Idol 4:36
4 Sweet Sixteen Billy Idol Billy Idol 4:17
5 Man for All Seasons Billy Idol / Steve Stevens Billy Idol 4:38
6 Don't Need a Gun Billy Idol Billy Idol 6:17
7 Beyond Belief Billy Idol Billy Idol 4:02
8 Fatal Charm Keith Forsey / Billy Idol / Steve Stevens Billy Idol 3:43
9 All Summer Single Billy Idol Billy Idol 4:36
10 One Night, One Chance Billy Idol / Steve Stevens Billy Idol 3:57


Phillip Ashley - Keyboards
William Bell - Composer
Jocelyn Brown - Vocals (Background)
Dave Concors - Engineer
Debi Cornish - Engineer
Bobby Deluca - Production Coordination
Neil Dorfsman - Engineer
Harold Faltermeyer - Keyboards
Keith Forsey - Composer, Producer
David Frank - Keyboards
Caroline Greyshock - Photography
Connie Harvey - Vocals (Background)
Billy Idol - Art Direction, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Illustrations, Primary Artist, Vocals
Booker T. Jones - Composer
Gary Langan - Mixing
George Marino - Mastering
Moira Marquis - Engineer
Marcus Miller - Guitar (Bass)
Bill Miranda - Engineer
Olinsky - Art Direction, Illustrations
John Peden - Cover Photo, Photography
John Regan - Guitar (Bass)
Herb Ritts - Cover Photo, Photography
Albert Sanchez - Cover Photo, Photography
Art Smith - Production Coordination
Steve Stevens - Bass, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming
Richard Tee - Keyboards
Steve Tjaden - Engineer
Craig Vogel - Assistant, Assistant Engineer, Mixing
Brigid Waters - Personal Assistant
Dave Whittman - Engineer
Dave Wittman - Engineer
Janet Wright - Vocals (Background)
Reviews (1)
Allmusic review is quite offbase on this one. Reviewer disses on "Sweet Sixteen" yet it was a big '86 summer hit. Very catchy hook (reviewer apparently missed that one). Of course, "To be a Lover" was the biggest hit - deservedly so. Side 1 (for the lp and cassette owners) was the best part of the album. Side 2 had "Don't need a Gun" (also an excellent, catchy single) and pretty strong. Only the last 2 songs were filler for me. Idol really stretched his musical palette here and, to me, nails it big time. At least he didn't tiredly rinse and repeat the same "Rebel Yell" formula. 8 keepers out of 10 makes for an excellent, consistent album. As a guitar player, Steve Stevens is amazing on this album - criminally underrated, sublimely inventive, innovative and inspired. Steve deserved co-billing status with Billy. Too bad they split up after this (only to reunite almost 20 years later on his comeback effort). I rate this 4 stars out of 5 (just a smidgen behind his best work, Rebel Yell).

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