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Billy Idol – Flesh For Fantasy (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 19th, 2017


“Flesh For Fantasy” is a song by English rock musician Billy Idol, from his second album Rebel Yell (1983). It was released in 1984, as the third single from the album.

In the U.K. “Flesh For Fantasy” reached #54. In the United States the single did much better peaking at #29 on October 6, 1984 after spending twelve weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Flesh For Fantasy (Below The Belt Mix) 7:05
Remix – Gary Langan

Flesh For Fantasy 3:50
Blue Highway 5:06

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Flesh For Fantasy U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #29
1984 Flesh For Fantasy U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #8
1984 Flesh For Fantasy U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #21


Label: Chrysalis ‎– IDOLX 4
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1984
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock

A&R [Direction], Management – Aucoin Management Inc.*
Producer – Keith Forsey
Written-By – Idol*, Stevens*

Comes with large fold out poster
From the LP “REBEL YELL”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS


Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Sovtek 12AX7LPS Vacuum Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2, ocenaudio
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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24 Responses to “Billy Idol – Flesh For Fantasy (UK 12″)”

  1. John Says:

    Love the Billy Idol records in the 80’s and love this track too. Steve Stevens was a fantastic guitarist on Billy’s records, great power chords on many of his tracks like White Wedding and Rebel Yell.

    Another fantastic post paul, have you got INXS ‎– To Look At You (extended) which is on the US 12″ and also on Dekadance.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Pretty ure I have “Dekadance” John 🙂


    John Reply:

    That’s cool Paul, Dekadance would be a great EP to see on here, you always record the best quality from any vinyl and I always love the scans of the covers, the 80’s had such great artwork!

    There is a documentary just shown in Australia called Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar and it featuring various famous musicians including Simon Le Bon and Bono, hopefully it will get shown everywhere else or maybe a DVD or Blu-Ray release..


  2. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. What’s really rare is the video mix of this single which combines both the standard and 12” mix. Was that ever put onto record ?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Not sure if the video mix is on vinyl or not Omar. Will have to do some research.


  3. David Says:

    Saw him live last year at the Forum in Los Angeles as part of a big 80’s lineup with Tears For Fears, Culture Club and a lot more. He was incredible. He looked amazing, and sounded so good I thought for a minute he might have been lip-synching, but he wasn’t. Each act only had about 25 minutes to play, so he only did three songs- all with lengthy solos and extended parts- I hope he tours again, I’d love to see a full show.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I know he has been doing a lot of touring lately so he may come to your area again David 🙂


  4. Dirk Says:

    Oh boy, the one-eyed thing pops up again in music history. Hard to imagine his bossess still rule the industry, no?


  5. Jeff Says:

    What a scintillating track this is Paul!! Billy Idol is a walking, breathing sex God!! This record just oozes testosterone and you can almost smell the sweat and sex as it plays through thespeakers! Love this……BIG TIME!!! It gets me “below the belt” each time!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Such a writhing rhythm on this track. 🙂


  6. Fred Says:

    Thanks, Paul!

    What I’ve always loved about this remix (not to mention the song itself) is the amount of editing/sampler work that was done on this remix so early in the 80s. In fact, I’m not so sure the work was even a sampler. If you closely listen to 2 snippets: 3:59-4:01 and later at 4:45-4:50…it’s not the typical “stutter” effect and it’s not just repeating the same split second over and over. If any of you have used Cubase back the early 90s, you could highlight a very short snippet of song and loop it endlessly BUT move that window so the loop moves…this was so you could preview what you are about to loop and see if the loop is perfect. I’ve never seen this replicated in any software. Other software allows you to make your loop, but you can’t MOVE that window of the loop as it is playing so you can fine tune it. Another way to think of it is if you highlighted .1 seconds of audio and looped it, but now move that .1 seconds of window forward and backward and you get this Billy Idol effect. Cubase was born in the early 90s. It would be really interesting to see how these areas of this remix were created so early in time. I’m hesitant to say it was pure manual editing like the Latin Rascals in the mid-late 80s.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Interesting Fred hopefully one of our knowledgeable readers can help us out with this.


    The Doctor Reply:

    Cool Edit (which became Adobe Audition when they bought it out) was another editor program that would let you move the endpoints of the loop while it was playing.

    Actually, I can think of one way this effect could have been done with a sampling synth back in the 80s. Many of them would stop and restart the sample tied to a key if you struck the key, released it, then struck it again before the sample finished playing. So, if you tied that “Flesh!” sample to a key, then used two fingers to stike and release the key as rapidly as possible (like you’re playing the Track and Field arcade game, except you’re hammering on the same button instead of two separate ones), you might be able to get that variable-loop-point effect since your timing would never be perfect from one keypress to the next.

    Or, if you’re feeling clever, have a bit of electronics knowledge, and don’t mind hacking your gear, you could connect multiple buttons to the keyswitch, or even drive it with a 555 timer and a relay or optoisolator and pulse the switch contacts more rapidly than a human being could do. A potentiometer in the 555 circuit would allow you to vary the oscillator frequency, and thus the timing of the sample looping.


    Jeff Reply:

    I love when you respond to something Fred like this record. I have so much admiration for people like you who really analyzes things in great detail. Plus you really share my passion for sampling and multi-editing. Paul is the only person I know who really showcases vintage 12-inches that really contain some wonderful editing and such. He also gives full credit to these masters in his posts. I’ve always lamented that when a track winds up on a CD compilation, so many of the editors are left out of the credits. Liner notes are important to celebrate the hard work these guys put forth.

    Thanks for the info you put into your comments. Have a great day and weekend too!!



  7. Rafael Cova Says:

    wooooow THANKS PAUL I love this song (and every Billy Idol’s 80’s song) this 12″ is so fantastic! Thanks you.

    Once again you brightened my day!

    Regards. Rafa


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are most welcome Rafa 🙂


  8. Kosta Says:

    What to say about Billy Idol, another great artist of the 80s, listened to his tapes hundreds of times while driving, danced his songs at the discotheques and bought all his maxi singles, picture disks and LPs until the Charmed Life was released. Steve Stevens was at his best also on guitar.He contributed on bass and keyboards too. Harold Faltermeyer in the 3rd LP helped a lot on the synths and made a great different style record.
    MTV was playing his videos a lot in the 80s.
    Billy is one of the standards in the 80s era of new wave.

    Great choice Paul! Keep it up!


  9. Ray Says:

    Thanx a lot Paul. Lots of great memories of Billy Idol while exploring the Italian islands back in the mid ’80s.


  10. Retro Hound Says:

    Great post DjPaulT! Love all your thoughtful posts but keep up the rock and roll!!

    Retro Hound


  11. Carlos Says:

    Super Pault gracias


  12. negative1 Says:

    great song, and great remix, which is one of the better ones for billy idol.

    nice mix of rock and synth. what a great album, too bad rebel yell didn’t have
    a remix.

    thanks again,



  13. Ally Says:

    Thank you. Do you have the 1990 remix?



  14. gonzalo76 Says:

    Thank you for Billy Idol !!!!!!!


  15. CL Says:

    🙂 🙂 Thanks a lot!!!!!


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