X The band defined my early college years. Seeing this band live was always an unknown, whether playing at the Whiskey a Go-Go on the Hollywood Strip or at the Olympic with 20 other punk bands. You never could predict what would happen. Kids dressed in Levis and steel toed engineer boots all jacked up on Black Beauties and Colt 45. Fights in the pit common (Beach Punks vs. Hollywood Punks) or the cops would show up with billy clubs swinging. Mayham.
Bands like the Circle Jerks, Black Flag were super violent scenes, where the music was just background for beating the crap out of anyone who was in the way. X could play punk rock with a unique vocal melody between Jon Doe and Exene, Billy zoom smiling posed guitar stance, and DJ Bonebrake pounding drums. This sound made punks look up and listen. Los Angles by X is still one of my favorites even 30 odd years later. Listen. You will be hooked.
“Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Los Angeles by X ranks #286”