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Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (Official Music Video)

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (Official Music Video)


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When you watch this stuff, it doesn’t take long before you see what it’s pushing and all about. To sum it up, it’s a rebellion against adulthood.

Billy Idol got the title for this song from the Rebel Yell brand of bourbon whiskey, which has been around since 1936. On an episode of VH1 Storytellers, Idol explained that he was at an event where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones were taking swigs of Rebel Yell straight from the bottle. This gave him the idea for the title, and he wrote the song around it.

The song is about a passionate one night stand with a woman who wants "more more more." A rebel yell was also known as a Confederate battle cry during the civil war.

Idol wrote this song with his guitarist, Steve Stevens, who came up with some unique sounds on the track. The ray-gun effect on the solo he created using a Lexicon PCM 41 digital delay processor, but he later figured out a way to get a more distinctive sound using an actual ray-gun. By tweaking a toy ray-gun, he was able to hold it to his pickups and generate these strange sounds. His "ray gun guitar" became one of the most popular spots of a Billy Idol concert.

The band Dope released a cover version on their 2009 album No Regrets. Other bands to record the song include Drowning Pool, HIM and Kill Hannah. One performance that didn't go over well with Idol's fans was by Miley Cyrus, who sang it on the 2012 VH1 Divas special.

The video was directed by Jeff Stein, whose previous work included The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright. It was shot at the Capitol Theater in New Jersey with the audience made up of kids they bussed in from New York City. In the book I Want My MTV, Stein said: "We had lots of beer and wine on the busses, which nowadays you could not do. Everyone was well soused. I put the hot looking girls with the big tits up front."

Sounds of the crowd cheering and singing along were added to the video version of the song, which captured the live energy of this anthemic song. The clip was a huge hit on MTV, but it almost missed its premiere slot – Stein says MTV made them edit out a shot of a kid holding a beer, and the tape made it to the network just minutes before air.

Sesame Street parodied this (becoming "Rebel L") to teach children the alphabet.

This originally peaked at #62 in the UK in 1984. After its inclusion in the movie The Legend of Billie Jean, it was reissued as a single and landed at #6 in 1985.

This was also used in these TV series:

Doom Patrol ("Pilot" – 2019)
Cold Case ("River" – 2006)
Third Watch ("After Hours" – 2000)
Knight Rider ("Dead of Knight" – 1984)

And in these movies:

Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Big (1988) 
Sixteen Candles (1984)

This song appears in the 1985 movie The Legend of Billie Jean.

This song was included in the video games Guitar Hero World Tour, WWE 2K16 and as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.

The song appears in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as an in-game cassette tape.

This song was used during a flashback scene In the 4th episode of American Horror Story: 1984

So that’s the meaning and facts about this song

From songfacts.com

Billy Idol got the title for this song from the Rebel Yell brand of bourbon whiskey, which has been around since 1936. On an episode of VH1 Storytellers, Idol explained that he was at an event where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones were taking swigs of Rebel Yell straight from the bottle. This gave him the idea for the title, and he wrote the song around it.

The song is about a passionate one night stand with a woman who wants "more more more." A rebel yell was also known as a Confederate battle cry during the civil war.

Idol wrote this song with his guitarist, Steve Stevens, who came up with some unique sounds on the track. The ray-gun effect on the solo he created using a Lexicon PCM 41 digital delay processor, but he later figured out a way to get a more distinctive sound using an actual ray-gun. By tweaking a toy ray-gun, he was able to hold it to his pickups and generate these strange sounds. His "ray gun guitar" became one of the most popular spots of a Billy Idol concert.

The band Dope released a cover version on their 2009 album No Regrets. Other bands to record the song include Drowning Pool, HIM and Kill Hannah. One performance that didn't go over well with Idol's fans was by Miley Cyrus, who sang it on the 2012 VH1 Divas special.

The video was directed by Jeff Stein, whose previous work included The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright. It was shot at the Capitol Theater in New Jersey with the audience made up of kids they bussed in from New York City. In the book I Want My MTV, Stein said: "We had lots of beer and wine on the busses, which nowadays you could not do. Everyone was well soused. I put the hot looking girls with the big tits up front."

Sounds of the crowd cheering and singing along were added to the video version of the song, which captured the live energy of this anthemic song. The clip was a huge hit on MTV, but it almost missed its premiere slot – Stein says MTV made them edit out a shot of a kid holding a beer, and the tape made it to the network just minutes before air.

Sesame Street parodied this (becoming "Rebel L") to teach children the alphabet.

This originally peaked at #62 in the UK in 1984. After its inclusion in the movie The Legend of Billie Jean, it was reissued as a single and landed at #6 in 1985.

This was also used in these TV series:

Doom Patrol ("Pilot" – 2019)
Cold Case ("River" – 2006)
Third Watch ("After Hours" – 2000)
Knight Rider ("Dead of Knight" – 1984)

And in these movies:

Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Big (1988) 
Sixteen Candles (1984)

This song appears in the 1985 movie The Legend of Billie Jean.

This song was included in the video games Guitar Hero World Tour, WWE 2K16 and as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.

The song appears in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as an in-game cassette tape.

This song was used during a flashback scene In the 4th episode of American Horror Story: 1984

So that’s the meaning and facts about this song

From songfacts.com

When Billy Idol married they in separate houses ( that were next to each other ) she did not try tame Billy,s wild ways. He was almost killed in a motorcycle accident.

Last night a little dancer came dancin' to my door
Last night a little angel Came pumpin cross my floor
She said "Come on baby I got a license for love
And if it expires pray help from above"

In the midnight hour she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
In the midnight hour babe more, more, more
With a rebel yell more, more, more
More, more, more

She don't like slavery, she won't sit and beg
But when I'm tired and lonely she sees me to bed
What set you free and brought you to be me babe
What set you free I need you hear by me
Because

In the midnight hour she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
In the midnight hour babe more, more, more
With a rebel yell more, more, more

He lives in his own heaven
Collects it to go from the seven eleven
Well he's out all night to collect a fare
Just so long, just so long it don't mess up his hair

I walked the ward with you, babe
A thousand miles with you
I dried your tears of pain, babe
A million times for you

I'd sell my soul for you babe
For money to burn with you
I'd give you all, and have none, babe
Just, just, justa, justa to have you here by me
Because

In the midnight hour she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
In the midnight hour babe more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
More, more, more

Oh yeah little baby
She want more
More, more, more, more, more

Oh yeah little baby
She want more
More, more, more, more

avevo 14 anni quando mi comprai il 45 giri, ero veramente invasato per questa canzone…pensate un ragazzino che ascolta Rebel Yell appena uscita…un pezzo che ti dava un'energia pazzesca, grande Billy !!!!!!!!!!!!

Your not the only one. I sat in a Lamborghini at a dealer. Turned on the radio in the showroom and this came out. It was a sign. Fuck yea so I brought the lambo there and then. Still got it 6 years later and yes it rocks. lol.

Back when white people had some force in the music industry. This song shits on everyone of those disgusting r'n'b, rap, hip hop or whatever pieces of shit "songs" they want to push nowadays.

I listened to Billy Idol a lot in the 80s as a youngster. I’m now 48-yrs-old. I listen to Billy Idol via my iTunes library now. ✊🏻

Quería que esta canción sonara en AHS 1984 mientras se armaba la masacre en el concierto, ya que billy Idol era el único que no moriría y podría haber dado su concierto 🤘

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