Punk rock icon and MTV sensation Billy Idol’s 1980s remix collection Vital Idol has had a modern-day upgrade with numerous celebratory hands getting on board for Vital Idol: Revitalized. The record is out now on CD and digitally through Virgin EMI/UMC and on a 2 elpee 180-gram black vinyl in addition to a limited edition, colour variant to follow on 16th November.
More than 30 years after Vital Idol cemented the vibrancy of the dance-rock remix genre in the second half of the 1980s, Idol’s Revitalized collection features 11 brand new remixes of his most classic and enduring hits.
Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries Moby, Paul Oakenfold andThe Crystal Methodas well as current innovators including Tropkillaz, Shiba San, Juan Maclean, CRAY and RAC whose remix of ‘Dancing With Myself’ is now out as a single.
Vital Idol, initially released in 1985, was the first remix record released by a rock superstar. Besides being certified platinum, Vital Idol was accompanied by a version of ‘Mony Mony’ that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, as well as hitting the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart.
The digital version of Revitalized features four additional exclusive remixes, including a Billy Idol/Steve Stevens eemix of ‘Mony Mony’ and keeping it in the family ‘Save Me Now (Lost Dog Remix)’ reworked by Idol’s son, Willem Wolfe with Brandon Rauch and Ed Bedrosian.
The full tracklisting is as follows: ‘White Wedding (CRAY Remix)’, ‘Dancing With Myself (RAC Remix)’, ‘Eyes Without A Face (Tropkillaz Remix)’, ‘Rebel Yell (The Crystal Method Remix)’, ‘(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows (Moby Remix)’, ‘Flesh For Fantasy (St. Francis Hotel Remix)’, ‘Catch My Fall (Juan Maclean Remix)’, ‘One Breath Away (Paul Oakenfold Remix)’, ‘To Be A Lover (DJDS Remix)’, ‘Don’t Need A Gun (Shiba San Remix)’ and ‘Hot In The City (Shotgun Mike Remix)’.
Bonus tracks on the digital collections are: ‘Mony Mony (Idol/Stevens Remix)’, ‘One Breath Away (Paul Oakenfold Extended Remix)’, ‘(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows (Moby Remix) (Half Time Version)’ and ‘Save Me Now (Lost Dog Remix)’.