The Roadside is a four-song EP by English singer Billy Idol, released on September 17, 2021. It is Idol's first release on George Harrison's Dark Horse Records and his first release of new material since 2014's album Kings & Queens of the Underground. The EP was produced by Butch Walker and features Idol's longtime collaborator, guitarist Steve Stevens.
The EP's songs all reference Idol's 1990 motorcycle crash, which nearly cost him his leg. The lead single, "Bitter Taste", is a rock ballad about the aftermath of the crash. The other songs on the EP are "Rita Hayworth", a tribute to the actress; "U Don't Have To Kiss Me Like That", a power ballad; and "Baby Put Your Clothes Back On", a tongue-in-cheek rocker.
The Roadside received positive reviews from critics. Louder Sound's Dom Lawson noted, "Judging by his Instagram feed, Billy Idol is the coolest grandad on the planet. Perhaps surprisingly, The Roadside EP is every bit as cool and continues the unexpected good form that the Rebel Yell legend displayed on his last two studio records." William Degenaro of Pop Matters said, "The Roadside bodes well for his future... 'Bitter Taste' could very well prove to be one of Idol's definitive creations."
The EP was a commercial success, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. It was also certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In support of the EP, Idol embarked on a North American tour in the fall of 2021. The tour was a critical and commercial success, with sell-out shows across the country.
The Roadside is a strong return to form for Billy Idol. The songs are catchy, well-written, and full of Idol's trademark swagger. The EP is a must-have for fans of the singer and a great introduction for those who are new to his music.
|Original Release: 2021.|
|Catalog No: DH0004.|
|Type: 12" single vinyl record.|
|Additional: indie exclusive - limited edition.|