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Ranked #287 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums ever, Los Angeles is X's groundbreaking debut album. This 2015 reissue by Porterhouse looks just like the first press, only better. Remastered and approved by the band, with replica packaging on 180-gram vinyl.
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.
|A1||Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not||2:25|
|A2||Johny Hit And Run Paulene||2:50|
|B2||Sex And Dying In High Society||2:15|
|B3||The Unheard Music||4:49|
|B4||The World's A Mess; It's In My Kiss||4:43|
Original Release Year: 1980
Catalog #: PHR-2010
Format: 12" Vinyl LP
Vinyl Color: Black