Billy Idol

Billy Idol’s “Cradle of Love” (1990) And so it begins. Released in early 1990, Billy Idol’s “Cradle of Love” ushered in what would be a bolder, more forward decade of teenage sexuality, one that often felt far removed from the complexities and repercussions of “Lolita” (see Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, etc.). In this video, a lonely, glasses-wearing sophisticate is forced to give in to temptation when Devin, the teenage girl from “down the hall,” arrives to play a cassette. Once Idol’s rock song starts, Devin proceeds to strip and simulate sex on her neighbor’s bed. In the process, she destroys his expensive plate collection, and reduces him to tears. Only when he is begging her to leave does she lock lips with the male next door, thereby absolving the man of any guilt.
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