L.A. Punk with a Rockabilly Twist: X, The Gun Club

“FOURTH OF JULY”     X

XBandDuring the 70’s punk rock explosion, new bands were popping up all over Southern California.   One of L.A.’s finest punk bands of the time was X.   Their all-star lineup included vocalist Exene Cervenka, John Doe on bass/vocals, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake.  On later albums, Dave Alvin from the Blasters joined the seminal punk band.   As what typical of the genre, there wasn’t much commercial success but critics loved their sound.   Their albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, both landed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Best of the 80’s list.   What made X stand out was Exene’s one of a kind voice and their unique meshing of punk with rockabilly.

“SHE’S LIKE HEROIN TO ME”   THE GUN CLUB

GunClub-BackstageJack White of the White Stripes covers their songs in concerts.  R.E.M., Henry Rollins, and the Pixies all acknowledge the major influence The Gun Club has on their music.   The L.A. punk rockers were one of the first bands to incorporate blues, country, and rockabilly into their sound.   Some have even called the genre “cowpunk”.   Their most memorable song, She’s Like Heroin To Me, has a provocative title and a killer hook.   It comes from their 1982 debut album, Fire Of Love.

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