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Billy Idol lists 12 must-have CDs

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1 T. REX T. Rex 1970 (Castle) ”I didn’t like Marc Bolan much, but this girl I went out with loved T. Rex. I ended up not only knowing Marc, but he really helped my punk band, Generation X.”

2 ELVIS PRESLEY Promised Land 1975 (RCA) ”’Promised Land’ is a Chuck Berry song about a journey through the South all the way to California. I play it when I want to feel good.”

3 THE VELVET UNDERGROUND White Light/White Heat 1967 (Verve) ”This girlfriend I had when I was about 18, her brother was into it. I went, ‘What?’ And then I went, ‘Wow!”’

4 THE STOOGES Raw Power 1973 (Co-lumbia/Legacy) ”Same girl. She said to me, ‘Have you heard about this other guy, Iggy Pop?’ So I had sex with this girl and found out about all this great music. If you think about it, that’s how it should be, really. If you’re not having sex to great music, what are you doing?”

5 KING TUBBY King Tubby’s in Fine Style 2004 (Sanctuary) ”In a way, dub was the spiritual side of punk. But back when it was all coming out, I didn’t have the money to buy it.”

6 THE RAMONES Rocket to Russia 1977 (Sire) ”I was coming from rehearsals in 1978 and saw these Scottish football supporters, and I thought, ‘I’m dead.’ But it was brilliant — instead they all just burst into ‘Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.”’

7 JOHN LENNON John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 1970 (Capitol) ”A hero of mine. Most people think Imagine’s the best album, when it sucks compared to Plastic Ono, where he’s being raw.”

8 DAVID BOWIE Hunky Dory 1971 (Virgin) ”When I was in the hospital with a broken leg, these three girls brought me Hunky Dory and Fire and Water, by Free. I’d be crying one minute, laughing the next…”

9 FREE Fire and Water 1970 (A&M) ”…I had a huge hole in my leg, I could see the bone. So I was like, ‘Now I know what these songs really mean. Fantastic.”’

10 MASSIVE ATTACK VS. MAD PROFESSOR No Protection 1995 (Gyroscope) ”The girlfriend I’ve got now brought it out. I like Massive Attack, but now I really like it ’cause we’re having sex to it.”

11 NEU! Neu! 1972 (Astralwerks) ”This is actually the one record I haven’t had sex with a girl to. Maybe I should try that. But we open the show with ‘Hallogallo.’ Ladies love it.”

12 THE STROKES Room on Fire 2003 (RCA) ”Because ‘The End Has No End’ — and I believe that.”

A featured performer at this year’s SXSW, Idol has a new album, Devil’s Playground, which hits March 22.

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