This has always been my favorite cut by Billy Idol. While it’s obviously very different than most of his other stuff, it should not be regarded as a ballad by any stretch of the imagination. While the wonderfully melodic synths are what makes the song most captivating for me, the lyrics are pretty dark and disturbing.
Surprisingly this was actually Billy’s first Top 10 hit. It broke a barrier for him on mainstream radio for the fact that it incorporated a pop element of appeal that was made for the masses. A lot of people don’t realize this and it took me years before even I did, but the female voice in there is speaking the french words “Les yeux sans visage” which, you are not going to believe this, it means ‘eyes without a face’ :)
This is the album mix that’s just a little bit longer in instrumentation on the intro, and features some additional lyrics. Otherwise it’s the classic track that was riding the charts back in ’84.