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Billyidol The words we've dreaded to hear: Billy Idol has recorded a Christmas album. No, not a rock Christmas album. Just a straight-forward re-recording of the usual classics. Frosty the Snowman, White Christmas, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ... a total of 17 excruciating tunes.

Fans can listen to some of the songs and view some videos at Billy's MySpace page. I'm warning you right now: You're going to be dumbstruck. You might laugh. You might want to gouge your ears out with a Bic pen. Or you might even be so moved as to round up all your Billy Idol albums and grind them up in the garbage disposal. (Don't do that. It's never really a White Christmas without Billy, bourbon in your egg nog and "Blue Highway.")

The CD -- "Billy Idol Happy Holidays" -- is set for release on Nov. 14. The first 500 people to preorder the album get a hand-signed Christmas card from Billy. (I'd rather have a handwritten note of apology.)

Three Billy Idol albums every fan should own:
3. Charmed Life: L.A. Woman, Cradle of Love
2. Don't Stop: Dancing with Myself, Untouchables
1. Rebel Yell: Blue Highway, Flesh for Fantasy, Dead Next Door

[Do you really miss the old Billy Idol? Then listen to our podcast celebrating Idol on his 50th birthday.]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:20pm]


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