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Rising out the disregarded L.A. punk scene, X’s hook-thick and emotionally powerful songs on this 1980 debut mixed haunted Hollywood imagery and street-grit poetics with snarly guitars and songcraft. The album owes as much to traditional country music as it does classic rock and punk. The dual vocals of singer Exene and bassist John Doe blended to create mellifluous yet friction-filled harmonies with lyrics that beautifully reflected the decay of inner-city Los Angeles, especially on the title song and “The World’s a Mess It’s in My Kiss.”

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X, The Review

This first X album is absolutely great. I still own the cassette version. It sounds great played real loud on the freeway in a car with the windows down. Preferably an 80's car with t-tops.


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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Los Angeles (Deluxe), X
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Punk, Indie Rock
  • Released: Apr 26, 1980

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