Hey, thanks for rebooting on me, phone. If Uipon hadn’t coyly suggested that something was going to happen, I’d have never known that we were going to be presented with as a sure a live-revitalizer as you’re ever going to get. From single out next week:
Of course Noni plays the sax
Someday, BILLIE IDLE will get the respect they deserve for their music and MVs. “Why Maniac,” you say, “BILLIE IDLE is quite popular!” And that’s true, but it’s also not true enough; while they’re not here trying to shift too many paradigms or experiment, BILLIE IDLE does one thing better than anybody: Full-on acceleratrix punk rock that oozes attitude on a spectrum somewhere between fun and MOAR FUN, shared with a no-frills look — it’s the members and the music that matter, not the presentation — and wrapped in a style that really is uniquely theirs.
And that’s before taking the cartoon aspect into account! If there’s anything wrong with many BILLIE IDLE MVs, it’s that they deprive the world of more direct encounters with the members, a crime in its own right even without allowing for the necessary genuflections before Head Goddess in Charge First Summer Uika. Not dissimilarly to Bill and Ted, these are talents and personalities whose true power needs to be harnessed for the elusive goals of human equality and world peace. Maybe some of their celebrity friends can step up and start getting the word out.
You do have to wonder how long they can keep this up. There aren’t a ton of idols who stay active well into their 20s, and Uipon’s inching ever closer to 30. Maybe that’s why they seem hellbent on scaring the crap out of me every few months.
If you crazy kids are regular followers of that hip new rock ‘n’ roll idol group BILLIE IDLE, you may have noticed a whole mess of references to something called “P.S.R.I.P.” lately. Ominous, no, after LAST ALBUM? Kind of!
Well, it’s a single. John with the heavy lifting:
We knew to expect something from Billie Idle today, we just didn’t know what. So we had to wait around for the announcement, as usual. 今晩22時にお知らせがあります。 — BILLIE IDLE® (@b_idle_official) February 22, 2018
So after all of that, at the completion of their LAST TOUR to support LAST ALBUM, the one with the apocalyptic artwork that spawned one of the truly incredible idol conspiracy theories ever floated in a space that loves nothing more than indulging in wild hyperbolic conjecture, shortly after announcing the LAST CHRISTMAS performance, BILLIE IDLE, who are not idol if you ask, announced … a new single and tour for the spring:
Leaving aside the fact that one of the greatest assemblages of humanity to ever hit the stage will continue to hit the stage (and be assemblaged!), and that First Summer Uika in particular won’t stop not-idoling until she’s in her 40s, this is a betrayal of trust so deep that it makes me want to give up the game forever. I AM OFFEND.
So I wasn’t going to write about this. I already wrote a big thread on Twitter. But then John poked me asking why this isn’t on here, then I realised that running an idol news blog never stopped Maniac going full-on tin foil hat, so you know what? Screw it.
I’ve come to the (probably false) conclusion that something big is going to happen soon. Something big enough for me to be sat typing nonsense at 2:00 a.m. Something that will really shake up the idol world as long as you’re a WACK fan, probably. My theory?
Nozomi and Uika are going to quit BILLIE IDLE and re-join BiS.
Man, was I glad to wake up to see this from BILLIE IDLE; in addition to just generally being awesome and on an absolute roll since last year’s membership difficulties, I admit again to having had trepidation on account of their most recent work being a Best Of / live double album. Such things are usually not harbingers of long stretches of continued growth and activity! One could be forgiven for thinking that they might disband!
But no, absolutely not, BILLIE IDLE will actually never die because no, they will not shut up.
I really struggled to avoid titling this “BYE-BYE, Billie Idle” just to see what would happen, but I’m not that cruel
Go ahead. Say it. And then when you’re listening to it for the third straight time, you can shake your fist at my computer monitor in the impotent rage of a person who realizes that a hook has once again embedded itself into your brain, and you simply cannot remove Billie Idle from your consciousness no matter how stupid everything felt the first time. T-Palette Records thanks you for your inevitable purchases. Continue reading →