Don't Need A Gun was released in March 1986 and peaked at #26 in
the UK singles chart. It was Billy Idol's second single release from the
eighties rock album Whiplash Smile, and the follow-up to To Be A Lover. A third single from the album Sweet Sixteen was even more successful, reaching #17.
I'll never quite understand why Don't Need A Gun
wasn't a bigger hit, as many fans (including myself!) believe this was
one of his best songs.
Overall, the former lead singer of punk band
Generation X has released seven solo studio albums and 34 singles. His
biggest hits were the 80s songs White Wedding and Rebel Yell which both peaked at #6 in the UK singles chart during 1985.
Check out the original 12" Meltdown Mix at my 80s Remix blog - you won't regret it!