Generation X's self-titled album from 78...what an album! 'Kiss Me Deadly' from 81, their third and final release...hmmm...patchy, but if you just accept that this was pretty much just Billy Idol warming up for his solo career, then it's quite an enjoyable listen. Billy was always far more interested in style over substance, but he could write a catchy tune, that's for sure. Six out of the ten songs fit that bill, with everything sounding like it was written with only bass and vocal melody in mind and then either powerchords or some reverbed colour thrown over the top. Hey, I'm not criticising - 'Dancing with myself' and 'Triumph' are absolute pop masterpieces (even if they are essentially the same song). I would've liked to have heard this album with original member 'Derwood' Andrews playing guitar as I thought he had a cool, original sound. This album probably suffers from the fact that it was a heap of ring-ins. And Terry Chimes on drums...man, he has been in a shitload of my favourite bands (Clash, Hanoi Rocks, Cherry Bombz in particular), even though I've never really cared for his style. Anyway, when I bought this back in the early 90s at the Box Hill record fair, I paid 3 bucks – it was definitely worth that...as was Billy's first solo album that I got at the same fair for $1. Actually, the non-single tracks from his solo album are surprisingly rockin'.