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Friday, July 13, 2007

X - Los Angeles


By the late '70s, punk rock and hardcore were infiltrating the Los Angeles music scene. Such bands as Black Flag, the Germs, and, especially, X were the leaders of the pack, prompting an avalanche of copycat bands and eventually signing record contracts themselves. X's debut, Los Angeles, is considered by many to be one of punk's all-time finest recordings, and with good reason. Most punk bands used their musical inability to create their own style, but X actually consisted of some truly gifted musicians, including rockabilly guitarist Billy Zoom, bassist John Doe, and frontwoman Exene Cervenka, who, with Doe, penned poetic lyrics and perfected sweet yet biting vocal harmonies. Los Angeles is prime X, offering such all-time classics as the venomous "Your Phone's Off the Hook, but You're Not," a tale of date rape called "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene," and two of their best anthems (and enduring concert favorites), "Nausea" and the title track. While they were tagged as a punk rock act from the get-go (many felt that this eventually proved a hindrance), X are not easily categorized. Although they utilize elements of punk's frenzy and electricity, they also add country, ballads, and rockabilly to the mix.

Track List:
1. Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not
2. Johnny Hit And Run Paulene
3. Soul Kitchen
4. Nausea
5. Sugarlight
6. Los Angeles
7. Sex And Dying In High Society
8. The Unheard Music
9. The World's A Mess; It's In My Kiss
10. I'm Coming Over (Demo)
11. Adult Books (Demo)
12. Delta 88 (Demo)
13. Cyrano De Berger's Back (Rehearsal)
14. Los Angeles (Dangerhouse Version)

Download: X - Los Angeles (35.69MB)

7 comments:

Rob said...

Not just one of the finest punk albums, but THE finest punk album. Not a bad track in the mix.

Mr. Suave

Jon said...

Thanks so much for this. I've heard of them but never gave them a listen before. I am glad i finally did, such a great album.


JOn

Lamb Cannon said...

Exene's hideous "voice", screeching like an injured polecat in the night... hate-rivened smarty songs about niggers, jews and uppity fags... oh where do i sign?

Anonymous said...

Listen to "Los Angeles" again, Lamb.

The song is written in the third person and does not express their own hate, rather replays the bigotry of a young scenester who had come to LA to be "cool" in the big city, for the rich irony it represents.

"She had to get out..." is the frustration she felt when she couldn't confront a world that wasn't full of people like her.

Basically, it isn't your typical facile punk record. Try again.

La Baca Pop said...

Gracias, I think that Ray Manzarek (door's pianist) was their produrer.

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this , timo

raul_dook said...

thanks
-cheers from california