Seminal California punk act X will next month see its first three albums remastered and re-released on CD in their entirety for the first time. Rhino will reissue 1980's "Los Angeles," 1981's "Wild Gi
Seminal California punk act X will next month see its first three albums remastered and re-released on CD in their entirety for the first time. Rhino will reissue 1980's "Los Angeles," 1981's "Wild Gift," and 1982's "Under The Big Black Sun," each with bonus tracks and featuring the original artwork.
While the first two albums were issued by Slash, and the third by Elektra, all three were produced by the Doors' Ray Manzarek, who occasionally contributed keyboards. The group -- singer/guitarist John Doe, singer Exene Cervenka, drummer DJ Bonebrake, and guitarist Billy Zoom -- combined such diverse influences as rockabilly and country with a D.I.Y. ethos to produce a sound that would become the blueprint for the Southern California punk tradition.
"Los Angeles," which produced the lasting title track and memorable opener "You're Phone's Off the Hook (But You're Not)," is bolstered by five additional tracks. It features a demo recording of "Delta 88" and "Los Angeles (Dangerhouse Version)," as well as the never-before-released demos of "I'm Coming Over" and "Adult Books," and a rehearsal recording of "Cyrano DeBerger's Back."
"Wild Gift," which wowed critics upon its release, features seven additional cuts, including three appearing for the first time: a demo of "Blue Spark," a live take on "Back to the Base," and a single mix of "The Once Over Twice." The band's major label debut, "Under the Big Black Sun," is completed by five bonus cuts, including the single mix of "Breathless," and a live rendition of "How I (Learned My Lesson)," the tape of which came to light through an online appeal to fans for unreleased material.
Working together on and off since the late '80s, the band's once married co-leaders have followed other artistic pursuits. Doe has released several albums, both as a solo artist and under the John Doe Thing moniker, and has appeared in the films "Great Balls of Fire" and "Roadside Prophets," as well as in a recurring role on the television series "Roswell." Cervenka, meanwhile, has recorded spoken word and solo albums, and formed the offshoot band Auntie Christ with Bonebrake and Rancid bassist Matt Freeman.