Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Billy Idol: Whiplash Smile

Lucy O'Brien, New Musical Express, 25 October 1986

THIS IS an ode to peroxide. Bottle Blonde spikes and matted hair. Gel by the ton. A sneer, a whiplash smile, a surly pout. The eternal teenage pose circa Kings Road punk '77, fossilised in time, breathing under glass, pickled on MTV. Although the spikes are so passe, darling. Bill still retains that beacon...the power of Permanent Dye.

Total word count of piece: 272

Subscribe

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.

Login


Login via your library

If your local library has signed up with Rock's Backpages, please enter your card number below: