Eyes Without A Face (as made famous by Billy Idol)

“Eyes Without a Face” is a song by English rock musician Billy Idol, from his second album Rebel Yell (1983). It was released in 1984, as the second single from the album. The song is softer and more ballad-like than most of the album’s other singles. It reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Idol’s first Top 10 hit in the USA.[3] The song is notable for the female voice of Perri Lister (who appeared in the banned video for “Hot in the City”) that sings “Les yeux sans visage” (French for “Eyes without a face”) as a background chorus. The title of the song refers to the English title of French director Georges Franju’s 1960 film Les yeux sans visage.

In a retrospective review of the single, AllMusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song and wrote: “The music plays against the dark tone of the lyrics with a ballad-styled melody comprised of yearning verses that slowly build emotion and a quietly wrenching chorus that relieves the emotional tension in a cathartic manner.”[4]

“Eyes Without a Face” was written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens and produced by Keith Forsey. Credits on the song include:

Billy Idol – vocals
Steve Stevens – guitars
Sal Cuevas – bass
Thommy Price – drums
Judi Dozier – keyboards
Perri Lister – background vocals
Dave Wittman – sound engineer