Billy Idol Returns with First New Song in 7 Years
Hear "Bitter Taste" ahead of his forthcoming EP 'The Roadside'
Published Aug 11, 2021Eighties rocker Billy Idol has announced the long-awaited follow-up to his 2014 album Kings & Queens of the Underground with the arrival of "Bitter Taste" — a new single with Steven Sebring-directed visuals to match. It's the renowned British-American musician/actor's first new music in seven years.
"Bitter Taste" comes ahead of Idol's new EP, The Roadside, which is due September 17 via the George Harrison-founded Dark Horse Records. Produced by Butch Walker, The Roadside will also feature the musician's longtime co-writer and guitarist Steve Stevens.
Idol's near-fatal motorcycle crash in 1990 served as the inspiration for "Bitter Taste," which resulted in him being unable to walk for a year and almost losing his leg.
Of the new track, the artist said in a statement:
I think everyone has been feeling more reflective (during the pandemic). It seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident. Certainly, the motorcycle accident was the catharsis — the wake-up moment. A little bit of me got left on that roadside. But it wasn't necessarily a bad thing in the end; it was a wake-up call. Maybe on that roadside I left behind the irreverent, youthful Billy and opened the door for a more attentive father and a more sensitive musician.
A deep reckoning with mortality? Sounds very pandemic-era indeed.
Watch the video for "Bitter Taste" below and check out the tracklisting for The Roadside.
Most recently, Idol featured on Miley Cyrus' 2020 album Plastic Hearts.
1. Rita Hayworth
2. Bitter Taste
3. U Don't Have to Kiss Me Like That
4. Baby Put Your Clothes Back On
Pre-order The Roadside.