Generation X

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk punk rock new wave british punk rock british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


This UK outfit emerged during the punk explosion of 1976. Billy Idol (William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955, Stanmore, Middlesex, England; vocals) had previously worked with Tony James (bass/vocals) in the short-lived Chelsea. With Bob Andrews (guitar/vocals) and John Towe (drums), Generation X made their performing debut in London during December 1976. By the following May, Towe was replaced on drums by Mark Laff, while record companies sought their hand. Eventually they signed with Chrysalis Records. The group soon arrived in the lower regions of the UK chart with ‘Your Generation’ and ‘Ready Steady Go’. The latter, strange for a punk group, was an affectionate tribute to the 60s, full of references to Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Cathy McGowan (the legendary presenter of the UK music programme Ready, Steady, Go!). Following ‘Friday’s Angels’ in June 1979, former Clash drummer Terry Chimes stepped in...

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