Ready to take another journey beyond the static veil to the land where audio and visual are married into a phantasmagorical whirlwind of pure rock n’ roll insanity? Awesome! And speaking of married…
Billy Idol’s 1982 hit song and video White Wedding is possibly one of the most iconic music videos ever created. Copious usage of slow-motion, blood, women shaking their pleather enrobed posteriors in front of the leering lens of the camera, profane usage of sacred tropes…this one has it all, and it’s awesome! And that doesn’t even cover the star of the show, Billy Idol himself. Idol is a sneering, wiry, smoke belching rock n’ roll demon whose visage is forever tattooed upon the consciousness of a generation of disaffected youth who were more than ready to raise their fists at society and demand their televised revolution. “I Want My MTV” indeed.
The video also had a profound influence on my creativity as well. As I wrote my first novella The House of Thirteen Doors, I pictured the story as a movie…a movie with the same visual sensibilities as White Wedding. I pictured every exterior presented with bizarre colored filters and outré characters moving dreamlike through gothic locales. And as for that motorcycle smashing into the room? Well, that made its way in there too!
So why not take the plunge and walk down the aisle with ol’ Billy today? Head here, enjoy the show, and don’t forget to share your video memories in the comments section below!