Billy is a guerilla video cameraman who stumbles upon police brutality in future L.A., they in turn see him assault him breaking the camera which fuses into Billy making him a cyborg freedom fighter for the
This is basically a rock video homage to Tetsuo: Iron Man & Tetsuo II: Body Hammer by 'The Lawnmower Man' , 'Virtuosity' director Brett Leonard with special effects created by Stan Winston's creature shop. Basically you could say it's a rock n' roll introduction for the uninitiated to cyberpunk lore.
This Billy Idol video for his overlooked 1993 album 'Cyberpunk' almost never played on Mtv which irked the Idol one very much, after alot of cash flow went into making this production. A home video release of this was made featuring the making of the 'Shock To The System' video highlights with some mirth,merriment and lots of hamming up by Brett Leonard, Idol and Stan Winston
The video also features Billy's techno cover of Lou Reed's 'Heroin' which is also on the album.
The album's tour(only in Europe and one performance re-uniting him with his former Generation X bandmates onstage).had an interactive video stage show featuring Brett Leonard's digital media crew. Sensing that this was an expensive stage production for a US tour and that the album sales were low and the singles were not exactly burning up the charts, Chrysalis records pulled the 'cyberplug' on Idol. His longtime record label parted ways with Bilvis after having been signed to them since '78 during his tenure with Generation X .
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