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Los Angeles/Wild Gift
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
As much as any group, X established punk as a coast-to-coast movement, and these two albums staked out the sunny West Coast as territory for the slash-and-burn set. Originally released as separate records in 1980 (Los Ange... more »
As much as any group, X established punk as a coast-to-coast movement, and these two albums staked out the sunny West Coast as territory for the slash-and-burn set. Originally released as separate records in 1980 (Los Angeles) and '81 (Wild Gift), the first albums by X were distinctive statements that perfectly captured a time, a place, and an outsider perspective. Singers and songwriters John Doe and Exene Cervenka (then a married couple), flash guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake adapted the aggression and speed of Brit and East Coast punks to suit their own purposes. The likes of "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene," "The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss" from the quartet's debut, and "White Girl" from the sophomore release captured the desperate ("get used to it!") mindset of pasty-white punks who inhabited the dark side of Hollywood. Literate, frenetic, and brutally honest, Los Angeles and Wild Gift stand as cornerstones in the history of punk, and, indeed, California rock & roll. --Steven Stolder
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Tim H. (TurnItUpTim)
Reviewed on 8/30/2009...
This album is ESSENTIAL to all music collections. X were one of the most intelligent bands to ever come out of the early 80s punk scene, and their sound remains influential on many bands - whether it's rockabilly, the early 90s grunge scene, or any co-ed group that's came about since then.
A few tracks are completely legendary - "We're Desperate" is just that... Exene Cervenka and John Doe wail with despair "Landlord, landlord cleaning up our mess... Our whole fucking life is a mess.... we're desperate, get used to it!" The drums and guitar just shake your ass right into reality. "Nausea" whips you into a mind-numbing frenzy with a hynoptic, looping riff - you'll be hooked instantly. Other standouts include "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene" and many many more.
You will NOT go wrong spending 15 dollars on this cd, so if you tired of waiting in line, go out and get it already - your ears will thank you for it.
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2 of the best albums of the century
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to understand the greatness of X if you've only heard a little bit of their music. At the first few spins of this album, you fing it to be a simple garage rock band. But, that's part of what made them so famous. Their Chuck Berry licks, the working class poetry, it's almost folk music. But no, it's rock at it's best. The kind of music that fills you with passion because it was made with passion. Required music for any punk, poet, rock n roll fan."
Two great albums on one disc
achidley | USA | 02/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc has two amazing punk albums for less than the individual discs cost, and the sound isn't compressed like on the "remastered" versions, which I'd bought before this version."