- Eyes Without a Face (song)
Name = Eyes Without a Face
Caption = "Eyes Without a Face" by Billy Idol
from Album = Rebel Yell
Released = May
Format = Vinyl (7" and 12")
Recorded = Studio A,
Electric Lady Studios, New York
Genre = Rock, ballad, New Wave
Length = 4 m 58 s
Billy Idol, Steve Stevens
Chart position =
* #4 (US
Billboard Hot 100)
* #18 (
UK Singles Chart)
* #5 (US
Mainstream Rock Tracks)
*AMG [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=33:au8gtq8z9uk3 link] |
Last single = "Rebel Yell" (1984)
This single = "Eyes Without a Face" (1984)
Next single = "
Flesh for Fantasy" (1984)
Misc = Audiosample
Upper caption = Audio sample
Audio file = Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol.ogg
"Eyes Without a Face" is a song by
Billy Idol, co-written with guitarist Steve Stevensfrom Idol's 1984 album "Rebel Yell". The song is softer and more ballad-like than most of the album's other singles.
Released in May 1984, this was the second single from the "Rebel Yell" album. It was very successful and reached a high of #4 on the Billboard Charts becoming Idol's first Top 10 hit in the U.S.
liner notesfor the Expanded Edition of "Rebel Yell", Billy Idol notes that this song was one of the first three written for the album (the other two being the title track and "(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows." The original track was recorded in Studio A at Electric Lady Studios in New York, with a Linn drum machine and the bass parts played by Steve Webster. cite web|url=http://mixonline.com/recording/interviews/audio_billy_idols_rebel/ |title=Classic Tracks: Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" |accessdate=2006-09-28 |last=Reesman |first=Bryan |date=2006-06-01 |work=Mix Magazine |publisher=Penton Media, inc ]
The song is notable for the female voice of
Perri Listerthat sings 'Les yeux sans visage' (French for 'eyes without a face') as a background chorus.
The video was directed by David Mallet and begins with a close-up of Idol's sneering face, interspersed with three unidentifiable ('faceless') female singers. Later during the song's bridge, the scene changes to Steve Stevens shredding on guitar and Idol in familiar punk poses while dancing in a flaming hexagon surrounded by hooded acolytes. The imagery of the video contrasts with the relative softness of the song and its lyrics of longing.
"Eyes Without a Face" was written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens and produced by Keith Forsey. Credits on the song include:
* Vocals - Billy Idol
* Guitars - Steve Stevens
* Bass -
* Drums -
* Keyboards -
* Background vocals - Perri Lister
* Engineered by Dave Wittman
* The song has been covered by Scooter on their 1998 album "
No Time to Chill" and by Paul Ankaon his 2005 album " Rock Swings". It was also covered by Tori Amoslive the same year.
* There is an episode on that has the same title.
* Eyes Without a Face is featured on the TV series
Nip/Tuckduring a face-lift on the mother-in-lawof one of the main characters.
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=33:au8gtq8z9uk3 Song review] - All Music Guide
* [http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2821 Songfacts]
* [http://www.mvdbase.com/video.php?id=13566 Video facts]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZhHNI7HXiE Music video] courtesy of YouTube
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