A LOT better than some will make them out to be. They had the melodies, the lyrics, the looks, the vocals (Billy has always been a great singer, despite some dodgy solo material) and the attitude. I guess they've always had to take some stick for being slightly more "commercial" than acceptable. But why would anyone even care about that when the music obviously didn't suffer from it?
Kiss me deadly is a wonderful track. Unfortunately, Billy Idol was plastic so Gen X evaporated pretty quiclkly into Billy's self esteem and self loving. First album worthy of a good shout - after that it all goes downhill. Punk band ? bout 5 minutes yeah but lost the plot.