Billy Idol has revealed the track list and release date for Kings & Queens of the Underground, the first studio album of original material from the veteran pop-punk star since 2005's Devil's Playground. The record will hit stores on October 21, and features lead single "Can't Break Me Down," which currently is streaming at Idol's official website and YouTube channel.
Most of the album was produced by former Buggles/Yes singer Trevor Horn, although Greg Kurstin served as producer on two tracks, including "Can't Break Me Down." The single is an upbeat, modern-sounding rock anthem that includes some electronic elements also reminiscent of songs of the 1980s New Wave era.
Fans pre-ordering Kings & Queens of the Underground now via iTunes will instantly receive a download of "Can't Break Me Down." The iTunes edition of the album also features a bonus track called "Hollywood Promises," which came from the same sessions that yielded the rest of the album. A CD version of Kings & Queens of the Underground that doesn't include the extra song can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.
The album's cover was designed by renowned graphic artist Shepard Fairey.
Idol has scheduled European tour in support of Kings & Queens of the Underground that will get under way in Birmingham, England. The 58-year-old rocker also will be publishing his self-penned memoir, Dancing with Myself, on October 7.
Here's the full track list for the standard version of Kings & Queens of the Underground:
"Can't Break Me Down"
"Save Me Now"
"One Breath Away"
"Postcards from the Past"
"Kings & Queens of the Underground"
"Eyes Wide Shut"
"Ghosts in My Guitar"
"Nothing to Fear"
"Love and Glory"
"Whiskey and Pills"
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