Things That Make Me Die Inside (Vol. 7) 


143613__idol_lNo, Billy Idol, NO! You are not supposed to be dreaming of a "White Christmas." A "White Wedding"? Absolutely. L’Oreal No. 473: White-Blonde? OK, sure. But a White Christmas? Seriously? Maybe in the privacy of your own home, with the blinds drawn tight, but certainly not as the lead single and video (now streaming at YouTube) to your new Happy Holidays disc. I know this might not sound very festive of me, but I do not care to see you shake a neatly wrapped package like a tambourine. I do not care to see you mime the signing of Christmas cards. I do not care to witness you following Rod Stewart into the Great American Songbook. Are we clear on this? Good. Now, go, dance with yourself, yell like a rebel, rock the cradle of love if you must. Just leave the crooning to Tony Bennett. That’s all.

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  • Just me

    Hey!
    Billy is God.
    Don’t bad-mouth him. ;-p
    I saw him perform a year ago and he just blew me away. What a performer, he’s incredible in his shows. He certainly isn’t one of those singers that need to lip-sinc in order to sound good.
    Personally the thought of him doing christmas-tunes cracks me up. Love his sense of humor. :-)

  • Joe C

    Actually, I like the idea. Just the idea of Billy singing WHite Christmas cracks me up. Go for it, Mr. Sneer!

  • Dave

    does this video seem familiar to anyone else out there? i can’t stop thinking of bill nighy in love actually.

  • Fatima

    24 seconds. That’s all I could handle

  • brandonk

    He’s kind of scary-looking and not a very good singer.

  • Dan

    Oh come on. Billy Idol was always a poser. It’s not as if it were Joe Strummer or Joey Ramone … may they rest in peace.
    So much of popular music is about selling an image, and that was never more true then back in the revered days of punk. To me, Billy was always clearly on the bandwagon.

  • mike

    I watched 30 seconds. That’s all I could take. He wants to sneer. But, He can’t on a Christmas song. I’m tired of rockers of my youth turning into Vegas lounge acts.

  • Val

    So sad… I was also thinking of “Love Actually” ! It almost looks like a parody !

  • Karla

    Oh my sainted aunt! Is that the worst arrangement ever (strum strum strum, chord change, strum strum)? He so obviously can’t wrap his fabulousness around it AT ALL. He looks so uncomfortable.
    Y’all whippersnappers, it was the master crooner Bing Crosby himself who called Billy a crooner back in the day, and warned him not to scream his throat raw. And he was right. Billy had a gorgeous baritone, but he blew out his voice with all the screaming – as you can hear when he sings this song. He can’t hold a note long enough, and he’s turned the song into a dull staccato.
    Rod found a way to sing around his breathy, screamed-raw voice. I don’t find it worth listening to, but he did find a way. I think Billy might be able to as well, with a better choice of songs and a vocal coach.
    Let’s find him a song list stat! Because I love my Billy Idol.

  • Cassie

    Oh Lord! I don’t think this is what Irving Berlin had in mind when he wrote this song.

  • C

    So glad he got to work in his sneer for the cameras. Best work since the cameo in Wedding Singer.

  • exiene

    Definately thought of Love Actually myself, Perhaps he’s going for the Christmas number one spot in the UK where it is a tradition there. I mean Katie Price and her hubby singing “A Whole New World” are the only compitition, look that up on you tube, it’s dreadful and funny. Also I think Bing Crosby was referring to David Bowie and not Billy Idol, Crosby died in 1979, Billy got famous a few years later.

  • dma69

    Just thinking about this scares me. Billy Idol is, was, will always be a poser.

  • aramis

    *blank stare*
    *blink* *blink*
    *blank stare*
    *swats fly on computer screen*
    *blank stare*

  • Kelly O

    I think he’s hot, and possibly slightly drunk. It’s certainly no more ridiculous than White Wedding.

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