A major star in the early days of MTV, Billy Idol's punk pedigree and talent for generating memorably, hook-driven pop-rock hits with a tinge of glam and danger, led to a multi-platinum-selling career highlighted by fist-pumping anthems like "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself" before the travails of fame derailed it in the mid-1990s. Idol's sneering visage and spiked, white coiffure was an offshoot of his tenure in the U.K. punk scene of the 1970s, where he launched his musical efforts as singer for Generation X, whose affinity for '60s British pop put them at odds with their anti-establishment peers. When the band petered out in the early 1980s, Idol refashioned himself as a solo performer, sanding down the rougher edges of his music while adding dance-friendly beats to his material. His insouciant charm and good looks found considerable favor with MTV viewers in the early '80s, who soon boosted him to the top of the charts in the mid-1980s. However, with Idol's rocket ride to stardom also came a debilitating drug addiction and a 1990 accident that nearly cost him his leg. By 1994, Idol's life had reached rock bottom after a near-fatal drug overdose, but after recovery, he found fame with older listeners whose teenage years had been enlivened by his palatable brand of anarchy. He remained an active presence on the concert trail, where his still-vigorous performances were potent reminders of his past as one of the most entertaining rock rebels of the 1980s.