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Germ Free Adolescents
X-Ray Spex
Germ Free Adolescents
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
 
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Vinyl Styled Digipak Edition of One of the Great English Punk Bands of the Late '70s X-ray Spex Formed in 1976 by School Friends Marion Elliot (Poly Styrene) and Susan Whitby (Saxophonist Lora Logic). They Exploded Onto th...  more »

      
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All Artists: X-Ray Spex
Title: Germ Free Adolescents
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sanctuary Midline
Release Date: 10/3/2006
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
Style: Hardcore & Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Vinyl Styled Digipak Edition of One of the Great English Punk Bands of the Late '70s X-ray Spex Formed in 1976 by School Friends Marion Elliot (Poly Styrene) and Susan Whitby (Saxophonist Lora Logic). They Exploded Onto the Punk Scene with One of the Era's Great Singles, the Feminist Punk Rallying Cry "oh Bondage, Up Yours". With Logic's Sax Stating the Melody Semi-tunefully and Jak Airport's Guitar Laying Down a Wash of Distorted Chords, Styrene's Vocal, Especially on the Chorus, is a Marvel, Making this One of Punk Rock's Great Moments. So, Too was X-ray Spex's Debut LP, "Germ Free Adolescents", which was Great in Spite of "oh Bondage" Not Being on It. Lora Logic was Gone (To Form Essential Logic), but her Replacement Rudi Thompson Played in as Rudimentary a Fashion, but Stayed in Tune a Little More. The Songs were Guitar-driven Punk-pop that Combined Outrage and Aggression with a Sense of Alienation and Disenfranchisement About Rampant Commerciality and a Increasingly Sterile and

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CD Reviews

Seminal punk rock album...
Barry Linne | south Florida | 01/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"To this day it still astounds me that lead vocalist Poly Styrene was something like 15 when this album was released in the UK punk rock heyday of 1977. With all the accolades of the last 3 decades heaped on the punk rock pioneers (both NY and UK), the X-Ray Specs firmly and uniquely held their own with the likes of The Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Ramones, and so many other blokes who were perhaps ten years Poly's senior. From this perspective it might even arguably be said that the X-Ray Specs and their debut (and only) album, "Germfree Adolescents" were even more important than the aforementioned "pioneers". Screeching from behind her braces in such classics as "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" and my personal favorite "Oh Bondage, Up Yours", miss Styrene and company channeled teen angst and youthful anger in a way that none of those other guys ever could. While The Pistols and The Clash are no doubt extremely important bands, their penchant for social/political vitriol (though totally right on target and necessary) tended to miss the finer points of simply being a disenfranchised youth; which is what punk rock (and rock and roll in general) is really all about. Another reviewer made a distinction between "punk rock" and "punk". It's like the difference between "rock and roll" and "rock". The X-Ray specs were certainly "punk rock", not to mention incredibly original and lots of fun. This disc is a must have for any collection."