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Editors’ Notes

After making two of the finest albums ever released (Los Angeles and Wild Gift), the Los Angeles band X signed to a major label. With The Doors’ Ray Manzarek again producing and protecting, X recorded yet another peerless album. The commercial music scene was so at odds with genuine rock ‘n’ roll that the band eventually found a home in the underground alternative scene, which had sprung up partly due to bands such as X. “The Hungry Wolf,” an excellent representation of what X did best, became a mild hit and raised the band's profile accordingly. The death of lead singer Exene Cervenka’s sister haunts a good chunk of the lyrics, and X shows greater depth in its playing. (The band established itself among the earliest Americana practitioners on “The Have Nots.” The bonus tracks on the deluxe edition include brutal live versions of “Universal Corner” and “How I (Learned My Lesson),” single mixes of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Breathless” and “Riding with Mary,” and an instrumental mix of “Because I Do.”)

Biography

Formed: 1977 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

X were far from the first punk rock band in Los Angeles, and they weren't the first to achieve some level of nationwide recognition, but in a very real way, they were the ones who put the L.A. punk scene on the map. X were the first L.A. punk band to be taken seriously by the rock press on both coasts, and at a time when many wondered how punk could thrive in the land of all that was mellow, X played music that was as raw, passionate, and powerful as anything coming out of New York, London, or any...
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