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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.”

Customer Reviews

Rock and Roll Perfection.

Yes, this is the "X" from Los Angeles, not the "X" from Japan, or the "X" from Australia. I have always had trouble understanding why the "punk rock purists" of the world dispise this band so much. Is it because of the talent displayed by the musicians? is it because they were really hyped in their prime? Is it because the "X" from Australia is better? It's all a load of garbage! X is brilliant, enough said. The songs are tough and loud and catchy. The lyrics emotional and dangerous. Buy this, their first LP, Wild Gift, and Under the Big Black Sun. You won't be sorry.

It's about time itunes got this slice of awesomeness!!

Not only is this one of the best punk albums ever, it's one of the best rock and roll albums ever. I love Exene so much I named my rottweiler after her. Does that make me cool or lame? I'm not sure.

Punk Rock Classic

Many people will be surprised to find out that Ray Manzarek of The Doors produced this album. "Los Angeles" is an absolute punk classic and the Chuck Berry influence is undeniable in "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene". If you're a fan of Punk Rock your collection is not complete without this album.


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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