In 1993, Billy Idol released his 5th official studio album, Cyberpunk, which fell on deaf ears at the time. Music had changed in 1993, and a lot of the bands that were popular in the eighties were now being pushed to the wayside. Reviewers lambasted it and people avoided it like some kind of swine flu virus. Yet the album was considered to be ahead of its time by many people, and was considered to be experimental for the time. The album was recorded in his home studio using a Macintosh computer, which was a fairly new concept at the time. It is a concept album inspired by his personal interest in technology and his first attempts to use computers in the creation of his music. Despite the critical and financial failure of the album, Billy Idol set several precedents in the process of promoting the album. These included his use of the internet, e-mail, virtual communities, and multimedia software – each a first for a mainstream celebrity.
Now despite all the negative reviews of this album, I for one enjoy it and still think there are several great tracks here. It is far removed from any Rebel Yells yet has a certain charm. Wasteland, Venus and Shock to the System are all great tracks and his cover of Heroin is great. So I say to all who dissed this album to cut him a little slack and try revisiting the album. Even though it was almost a career killer, Idol was trying to do something creatively different from his other work and it's not as bad as some would tell you.