Video exclusive: Billy Idol on working with producer Trevor Horn

"It is a combination of my life put into words, really," Billy Idol says of his upcoming album, Kings & Queens Of The Underground, due out on October 21. "A lot of it's bouncing off my own autobiography, though I've been writing while we were making this record, and so we couldn't help but it be a little bit kind of introspective."

Not counting 2006's Happy Holidays collection, the new album is Idol's first studio effort in nearly a decade. The singer and his longtime guitarist/collaborator Steve Stevens worked in London and Los Angeles with producer Trevor Horn (Seal, Yes, Lisa Stansfield) on eight of the album's 11 cuts, with producer Greg Kurstin helming the remaining numbers.

Of the extended gap between releases, Idol says, "Making millions of records is fantastic, but you want to make the right record, so we really waited quite a long time for this sensual feeling - this cinematic, theatrical, 1080 pixels, hi-def… That's the way it feels to me. It feels very like a soundtrack."

In the above video, Idol discusses how he came to work with Horn and why the celebrated record maker and musician, whose resume also includes the soundtracks to films such as Days of Thunder and Toys, was a natural fit for his "widescreen CinemaScope" vision.

Billy Idol's Kings & Queens Of The Underground will be released on October 21. You can pre-order the album at iTunes (opens in new tab) and Amazon (opens in new tab).

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.