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Los Angeles

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By the late '70s, punk rock and hardcore were infiltrating the Los Angeles music scene. Such bands as Black Flag, the Germs, and, especially, X were the leaders of the pack, prompting an avalanche of copycat bands and eventually signing record contracts themselves. X's debut, Los Angeles,

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By the late '70s, punk rock and hardcore were infiltrating the Los Angeles music scene. Such bands as Black Flag, the Germs, and, especially, X were the leaders of the pack, prompting an avalanche of copycat bands and eventually signing record contracts themselves. X's debut, Los Angeles, is considered by many to be one of punk's all-time finest recordings, and with good reason. Most punk bands used their musical inability to create their own style, but X actually consisted of some truly gifted musicians, including rockabilly guitarist Billy Zoom, bassist John Doe, and frontwoman Exene Cervenka, who, with Doe, penned poetic lyrics and perfected sweet yet biting vocal harmonies. Los Angeles is prime X, offering such all-time classics as the venomous "Your Phone's Off the Hook, but You're Not," a tale of date rape called "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene," and two of their best anthems (and enduring concert favorites), "Nausea" and the title track. While they were tagged as a punk rock act from the get-go (many felt that this eventually proved a hindrance), X are not easily categorized. Although they utilize elements of punk's frenzy and electricity, they also add country, ballads, and rockabilly to the mix. [In 1988 Los Angeles and Wild Gift were combined as part of a CD reissue by Slash Records.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227437022
catalogNumber:
74370
Rank:
31328

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Tracks

  1. Your Phone's off the Hook, But You're Not
  2. Johnny Hit and Run Paulene
  3. Soul Kitchen
  4. Nausea
  5. Sugarlight
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Sex and Dying in High Society
  8. The Unheard Music
  9. The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss
  10. I'm Coming Over (Demo)
  11. Adult Books (Dangerhouse Rough Mix)
  12. Delta 88 (Demo)
  13. Cyrano de Berger's Back (Rehearsal)
  14. Los Angeles (Dangerhouse Version)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

X   Primary Artist
John Doe   Bass,Vocals
Ray Manzarek   Organ,Synthesizer
Billy Zoom   Guitar
Don Bonebrake   Drums

Technical Credits

Exene Cervenka   Composer
John Doe   Composer,Reissue Producer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer,Producer
John Densmore   Composer
Billy Zoom   Engineer
Norm Graichen   Engineer
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Sevie Bates   Art Direction
Gary Leonard   Inlay Photography
Shawn Amos   Liner Note Coordination
Robby Krieger   Composer

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Los Angeles 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
X has been one of the most original, and brilliant artists ever. Still playing after over two decades, their live shows are still killer. I know i'm going to hear these re-releases even more times than the original CDs and cassettes. John Doe, Exene Cervenkova, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake are the original members, and they are very talented. I love them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
America as many of us found it in 1980, no cable TV, no internet, no jobs, and here you have a new generation of artists coming into their own. This debute album pulls out all the stops with murder, money, and madness tempered by a distinctively American and literate vision. Former Door's keyboardist Ray Manzerak produces bringing much to an already talented foursome. Yes, "The Worlds A Mess, It's In My Kiss". Here we have a stunning debute by, at the time, America's most important rock band. MoonHog Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago