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Recorded Dec. 19, 2010

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Recorded Dec. 19, 2010

 

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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 other major city. X’s melding of punk’s speed and ferocity with the sounds of rockabilly, blues, country, and other roots music styles would prove to be wildly influential in the years that followed, as were the off-kilter harmonies of John Doe and Exene Cervenka.

Their first two independently released albums—1980’s Los Angeles and 1981’s Wild Gift—were critical favorites and sold remarkably well by small-label standards, helping establish Slash Records as a major independent label as well as defining the group’s unique approach. And while they never enjoyed the commercial breakthrough that many believed was their due, X were massively popular in their home town and could successfully headline large outdoor venues like the Greek Theater, proving there was an audience for punk in the City of the Angels.

X are an American punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles, in 1977. The original members are vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist-bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D. J. Bonebrake. The band released eight studio albums, their most recent “Alphabetland” in 2020 and now their 5th live album: “Live at the Belly Up”.

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Four decades after the inception of punk band X, their music continues to be sonically groundbreaking. Their songs are as compelling and avant-garde today as they were in 1977. X’s first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, were ranked by Rolling Stone as being among the 500 greatest albums of all time. Los Angeles was ranked 91st on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. The set list for this special performance includes the band’s most popular songs “Los Angeles,” “Johnny Hit and Run Pauline” and “Soul Kitchen.”

Run Time: Approx. 73 Minutes
File Size: Approx. 155MB

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Four decades after the inception of punk band X, their music continues to be sonically groundbreaking. Their songs are as compelling and avant-garde today as they were in 1977. X’s first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, were ranked by Rolling Stone as being among the 500 greatest albums of all time. Los Angeles was ranked 91st on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. The set list for this special performance includes the band’s most popular songs “Los Angeles,” “Johnny Hit and Run Pauline” and “Soul Kitchen.”

Run Time: Approx. 73 Minutes
File Size: Approx. 155MB

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