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Album: Charmed LifeReleased: 1990Charted:
In this song, Idol sings about enjoying a sexual relationship with a much younger girl. The song title is based on the saying "Robbing The Cradle."
Idol had split up with guitarist Steve Stevens when Charmed Life was released. Billy was having hard times with drugs and alcohol, and eventually wound up in a horrible motorcycle accident when he ran a stop sign on his Harley late one night in Los Angeles (February of 1990). A steel rod was inserted into his right leg, and against his doctor's wishes, Billy went on tour to promote the album, which got it's unfortunate title before the crash. The accident caused Billy to walk with a cane for most of the tour - he had a large gauntlet made to go over his arm while he sang onstage. The wreck also cost Billy his major role in The Doors film by Oliver Stone. Billy's part was largely cut down since he couldn't walk.
The song first appeared on the soundtrack from The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane. Starring Andrew "Dice" Clay.
Since Idol couldn't walk, the video for the song had to be shot differently. Billy appeared on large screens singing from the chest up on the walls of an apartment. The video, which David Fincher directed, featured the hot model Betsy Lynn George, who comes over to an older man's apartment to, "Play this tape," and proceeds to dance seductively for the older man. The video also features clips from Ford Fairlane. The idea worked, and the song quickly shot up the charts as the video got lots of airplay on MTV.
Besty Lynn George appeared with Idol when he played the song at the American Music Awards.
Billy often sings, "This song is so cheesy" in the chorus.