Quintessential punk quartet, X revolutionized the California punk scene with their searing intensity, driving beat and distinctive yet dissonant harmonies. Formed in 1977, the band’s original lineup consisted of vocalist Exene Cervenka, bassist-singer John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake. A mix of rockabilly, blues, country and other rock styles, their unique sound blasted across seven studio albums, with their first two being ranked among the greatest of all time.
X truly marked the spot with their 1980 debut album, Los Angeles which exposed a darker side of the city. Produced by former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, it also featured a Doors cover of“Soul Kitchen”. Telling unsavory stories of LA’s underbelly, the songs gave it a classic film noir essence. The iconic album art was courtesy of Slash Records owner, Bob Biggs who made an X out of plywood, took it out the desert, set it on fire and had it filmed. One of the frames captured what looked like a little face in the middle and everyone said,“That is provocative and striking.” And just as the X is set aflame, so will the songs burn into your senses for years to come.
Los Angeles album cover art
Text:“Los Angeles” stylized on upper right side
Full“Los Angeles” tracklist and lyrics
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