Generation X

Generation X was among the first wave of London punk bands, and it was the band that started Billy Idol’s career. William Broad was one of the Bromley Contingent, the gang of early Sex Pistols fans who gathered around that band in 1976. Like fellow Bromley Contingent members Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin, Broad took a punk name: as Billy Idol, he played guitar in the first lineup of singer Gene October’s band Chelsea, who made their live debut opening for Throbbing Gristle on October 16, 1976. The following month, Idol, bassist Tony James and drummer John Towe left Chelsea (or, alternatively, kicked... Read More

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