Tuesday, January 11, 2022

X - Los Angeles (1980)


X - Los Angeles (1980)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side A

1. "Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not"   2:25

2. "Johny Hit and Run Paulene"   2:50

3. "Soul Kitchen"   2:25

4. "Nausea"   3:40

5. "Sugarlight"   2:28


Side B

6. "Los Angeles"   2:25

7. "Sex and Dying in High Society"   2:15

8. "The Unheard Music"   4:49

9. "The World's a Mess; It's in My Kiss"   4:43


Bonus tracks (2001 CD reissue)

"I'm Coming Over (Demo Version)" – 1:24

"Adult Books (Dangerhouse Rough Mix Version)" – 3:21

"Delta 88 (Demo Version)" – 1:28

"Cyrano de Berger's Back (Rehearsal)" – 3:01

"Los Angeles (Dangerhouse Version)" – 2:14



 

X Band Members / Musicians

John Doe – bass, lead vocals

Exene – vocals

Billy Zoom – guitar

D.J. Bonebrake – drums

Ray Manzarek – organ on "Nausea", "The Unheard Music", and "The World's a Mess; It's in My Kiss"; synthesizer on "Sex and Dying in High Society"



Los Angeles is the debut studio album by American rock band X, released on April 26, 1980, by Slash Records. It was produced by ex-Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and includes a cover of the 1967 Doors song "Soul Kitchen".

Los Angeles placed at No. 16 in The Village Voice's 1980 Pazz & Jop critics' poll. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 286 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

In 1988, Slash issued Los Angeles and Wild Gift jointly on a single CD. It was reissued by Rhino Records in 2001 with five bonus tracks.

X is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles. The original members are vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist-bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D. J. Bonebrake. The band released seven studio albums from 1980 to 1993. After a period of inactivity during the mid-to-late 1990s, X reunited in the early 2000s, and currently tours, as of 2021.

X achieved limited mainstream success but influenced various genres of music, including punk rock, Americana, and folk rock, and is considered one of the most influential bands of their era. In 2003, X's first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, were ranked by Rolling Stone as being among the 500 greatest albums of all time. Los Angeles was ranked 91st on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.

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