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Published on Sep 11, 2011
"Rebel Yell" is the first song on the Billy Idol album of the same name. When first released in 1984, it charted outside the UK Top 40, but a re-issue in 1985 reached nº6. It did not fare as well in the US, only reaching nº46. The song was named the 79th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. According to Billy Idol at a televised performance of VH1 Storytellers, the idea of a song thus entitled came to him at an event he once attended, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones were taking swigs of a "Rebel Yell" bottle of bourbon whiskey, a brand unknown to him, the name of which he liked; Billy decided and stated that he would set off to write a "Rebel Yell" song. The song was co-written by guitarist Steve Stevens. The instrumental introduction, which sounds like a combination of electric guitar and electronic keyboard, is performed by Stevens on guitar alone, who intended it to sound this way. Stevens states that he was inspired by acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke's style. Album : Rebel Yell. Released : November 10, 1983. Recorded : 1982-1983. Label : Chrysalis. Producer : Keith Forsey. Genre (s) : New Wave, Hard Rock, Post-Punk.