|"Cradle of Love"|
|Single by Billy Idol|
|from the album Charmed Life|
|Released||5 May 1990|
|Songwriter(s)||Billy Idol, David Werner|
|Billy Idol singles chronology|
"Cradle of Love" is a rock song written by Billy Idol and David Werner for Idol's 1990 fourth studio album Charmed Life. The song is the album's sixth track, and was released as its first single. The song became one of Idol's biggest hits in the United States, where it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey. It was also Idol's first, and only No. 1 hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. to date. In the UK, it stalled at No. 34.
"Cradle of Love" is a rock song composed in common time and in the key of Bb major.
The song title is based on the saying "robbing the cradle."
The video, directed by David Fincher, features footage of Idol singing in large painting frames throughout an apartment. The director made the decision to film Idol from the waist up as he was unable to walk due to injuries from a February 1990 motorcycle crash. The video also features Betsy Lynn George as Devin, a teenager who tries to seduce a modest and mild-mannered businessman (played by Joshua Townshend-Zellner). The film makes use of clips from The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, but as Andrew Dice Clay (who played Fairlane) had been banned from MTV, he is not shown in any of the clips. The video was a huge hit and was placed in heavy rotation on MTV. Idol and George recreated the opening of the video for the 1991 Grammys. An alternative version of the video does not feature the movie's footage, instead depicting a man playing the guitar as heard in the track.
At the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was nominated for Best Male Video and Best Special Effects and won the award for Best Video from a Film.
This video was voted #33 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments.
Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song as the opening track to their 1991 album The Chipmunks Rock the House. In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic included the chorus as the first song in his polka medley "Polka Your Eyes Out" from his album Off the Deep End.
His live performance of the song at the 1991 Grammy Awards was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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