- White Wedding (song)
Name = White Wedding
Caption = "White Wedding" by Billy Idol
from Album = Billy Idol
Released = 1982
Format = Vinyl (7" and 12")
Recorded = 1982
Genre = Rock, New Wave
Length = 3:30 (7") 8:19 (12")
Label = Chrysalis
Chart position =
* #36 (US
Billboard Hot 100)
* #6 (
UK Singles Chart) - 1985 reissue
* #9 (US
Mainstream Rock Tracks)
Last single = "
Hot in the City" (1982)
This single = "White Wedding" (1982)
Next single = "Rebel Yell" (1984)
Misc = Audiosample
Upper caption = Audio sample
Audio file = White Wedding by Billy Idol.ogg "White Wedding" is a
songby Billy Idolthat appeared on his album"Billy Idol" (1982). According to "the Big 80's:Episode I" [ [http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/pop_up_video/50150/episode.jhtml Pop-Up Video : The Big 80's: Episode 1 at VH1.com] ] of VH1's " Pop-up Video" trivia show, Idol claims it was written to show his displeasure with his sister's fiancé.Fact|date=August 2008 It is often considered his most successful song, although other Idol songs charted higher. It reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100on its original release, and reached #6 in the UKupon its release there in 1985.
music video, featuring Idol attending a gothic wedding, is one of his best-known videos. The bride in the music video is played by Perri Lister, Idol's real-life girlfriend at the time. In a memorable scene from the video, Idol forces the wedding ring onto the bride's finger and cuts her knuckle. Lister insisted that her knuckle actually be cut in order for the scene to appear more realistic. MTV removed this scene from the video. The video was filmed in a real church outside of London. The MTV-edited version of the video is included on the DVD portion of CD/DVD package.
Other versions and appearances
The song has been covered by
Murderdolls, Ardor (of Tanzwut), Deathstars, Doro, Rowland S. Howardon his album Teenage Stuff Film, Sentenced, Aiden, The Way Of All Flesh and has been featured in the 1998 film, " The Wedding Singer" and the TV series, " My Name Is Earl". It was also sung by Eva Avila, in the 2006 Canadian Idolshow "80's Hits". It was also performed by Toby Rand on the finale of the television show "Rockstar: Supernova". It was also featured in the skate video CKY. Additionally, the ska band Umbrella Bedcovered it on their album "King Size." Serbian punk rock band KBO!recorded a version on their 2001cover album "(Ne) Menjajte Stanicu" ((Do Not) Change The Station). The Christian pop band Sonseedrecorded a version (with lyrics amended to praise the union of matrimony) for their 1985 album "Just Can't Get Enough (Of Jesus!!!)".
"White Wedding" is featured on the fictional
radio station, K-DSTin the videogame, "". In addition, it is covered by the band Aiden, on their EP, " Rain In Hell". The song was also covered by the band Queens of the Stone Ageon their recently released album, "Era Vulgaris" as a B-Side. Part of it is included in Franz Ferdinand's cover of Gwen Stefani's" What You Waiting For?"
The line, "It's a nice day to start again", was featured on the sticker on the front of Billy's 2005 comeback album, "Devil's Playground".
The song is also in Harmonix's
Rock Band 2.
The popular Canadian teen drama , which is known for naming each episode after an 80s hit song, named a two part episode after this song.
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