Wednesday, September 24, 2008

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday -- "White Girl" by X

For my money, X was one of the greatest bands of the 1980s but was recognized as such by only a select few.

Yes, D.J. Bonebrake (drums) Exene Cervenka (wailing vocals), John Doe (bass and vocals) and Billy Zoom (amazingly awesome guitar) never got the credit they deserved.

So, here's a video of them recording one of their best songs. And, yes, that is former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek running the board -- he produced a couple of albums for X.

Stop thinking of X as just another punk band, now. X was an incredibly good rock and roll band, period.

Turn those speakers up loud and enjoy!

8 comments:

FishHawk said...

Well, your taste in music is most definitely...umm....different.

Toni said...

I liked it. I had never heard of X or this song. Thanks for my morning music...

lala said...

Yeah, I'm surprised I never heard of them either.

I would say this is back in the CBGB days, huh. This is Punk Rock, a nice fusion of both. And after all, The Ramones (as was Blondie) were classified as Punk Rock.

No, not Sid and Nancy, but Punk Rock nonetheless.

ImitationAngel said...

Never heard of them before but this is a nice sound.

Danny Thornton said...

I have to say that I have never heard of this group till now. Actually, I liked it.

The Natural State Hawg said...

FishHawk -- Ah, come on! X is the coolest...

Toni -- You're welcome. That particularly song is from Wild Gift, X's second LP. That's a good one, as is their first disc (Los Angeles). X had a lot of great stuff, but the first two albums remain my favorite.

Lala -- Well, X was from the West Coast, so it's more Whisky a Go Go. Similar stuff, though, yeah?

I'm kind of careful about throwing that "punk" label around anymore as it's come to mean lightweight sissies like Greenday or (even worse) Blink-182. I wouldn't want anyone to think a fine band like X was in the same league as a bunch of corporate rockers.

Imitationangel -- X was one of the best. They still tour from time to time, actually. If I weren't pushing 40-years-old, I might try to go see a show sometime!

Danny Thornton -- Glad you liked it. Ah, now your mission is clear -- rush out any buy some albums, yeah?

Dee said...

Fun trivia - Exene used to me married to Viggo Mortenson, of The Lord of the Rings movie fame. I think they have a son together.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Dee:

Yep, and she sued him for more child support not long ago...