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X marks the spot

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Buzz Publications
February 9, 2006


San Diego is in for a rare treat. Finely woven into the fabric of Southern California culture, the punk poetry and unique harmonies of the legendary rock quartet known simply as X, will prove once and for all punk never died…it just aged gracefully in between solo projects and feature films.

London had the Sex Pistols, New York had the Ramones, and Los Angeles had X. Formed in 1977, helped define a generation with and driving music that spoke of a darker California dream. Produced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors, X was more than old school punk. With killer hooks and smart guitars, X made its name with Los Angeles.

X is more than just one of the greatest rock and roll bands. Considered one of the best live acts in history, X has been rocking San Diego for quarter of a century, and will continue to do so on February 22 at the House of Blues. With Punk goddess Exene Cervenka fronting the band, alongside John Doe, an X show is equal parts punk, rock, rockabilly, Americana and blues. Held steady by the unwavering rhythms of DJ Bonebrake, and guitar mastery of Billy Zoom, experiencing X live is essential.

The quintessential, LA punk band, X set the standard with the release of its debut album Los Angeles in 1980. Known for their beatnik sensibilities, X gave voice to the angst and anger of the eighties. Wild Gift, their 1981 follow-up album was voted album of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Releasing Under a Big Black Sun in 1982, and More Fun in the New World in 1983, X built up an impressive body of work, cementing their names in rock and roll history.

The editors of Rolling Stone magazine consider Los Angeles and Wild Gift two of the top 200 albums of all time.

Seeing X live is always rewarding. The last time John Doe and company played San Diego's House of Blues the club was packed, and Exene in perfect form. As expected, a mosh pit formed, albeit a mild one, and all had a good time. Consummate musicians, and seasoned performers, these first generation punks remain edgy and relevant.

X never gives the same show twice. See them live at the House of Blues – (insert show date and times)

An X show is like a gathering of friends, wear comfortable shoes, and bring money for beer.

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