by Mark Nobes, chief editor

Dancing With Myself was originally released by Billy Idol with his band Generation X in 1980 and featured on the album Kiss Me Deadly.

This slightly softer, more polished version was released by Billy Idol as a solo artist in 1981, and re-released again in 1983. However, the song failed to chart in most countries including the UK, although the later release did reached #9 in New Zealand. The song featured on Idol's four track album Don't Stop, which was only released in America. The first "proper" album to be released was the self-titled Billy Idol and reached #36 in the UK and #45 in the U.S.

Billy Idol's first British singles chart success came in 1984 with the release of Eyes Without A Face which reached #18, and #4 in the U.S. The song as lifted from his second album Rebel Yell.

Dancing With Myself US vinyl sleeve - Billy Idol

US front sleeve for "Dancing With Myself"

The video (above) received a lot of airplay on MTV. It was directed by Tobe Hooper, who produced the 1974 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the 1982 movie Poltergeist.
Both the 7" and 12" UK singles included the B-side "Love Calling (Dub)". The UK 12" also included "White Wedding" (8:20) and "Hot in the City" (5:20)
Dancing With Myself 4 track EP (UK) by Billy Idol

Dancing With Myself 4 track EP