- Released: September 18, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Rhino
Spin - 5/01, p.108Ranked #4
in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records" - "...Rip-your-granny-dress-and-hit-the-poetry-slam punk..."
Entertainment Weekly - 9/28/01, p.75
"...[Their] skewered harmonies made them the George and Tammy of urban dislocation..." - Rating: A
Q - p.1063 stars out of 5
-- "[A] dark drawl around the City of Angels' dankest corners..."
Q - 5/02 SE, p.144
Included in Q's "100 Best Punk Albums".
Q - 11/01, p.1463 out of 5 stars
- "...A sinewy 28-minute blast resembling a dour and acerbic B-52's..."
Uncut - 12/01, p.1184.5 stars out of 5
- "...[The album] came snapping from the traps, a furious, machine-gun spray of indignation..."
No Depression - 11-12/01, p.108
"...What guarantees their debut its exalted status is the band's wholly-formed attack - fast and lean..."
- 1.Your Phone Is Off The Hook, But You're Not
- 2.Johny Hit And Run Pauline
- 3.Soul Kitchen
- 6.Los Angeles
- 7.Sex And Dying In High Society
- 8.The Unheard Music
- 9.World's A Mess, It's In My Kiss
- 10.I'm Coming Over
- 11.Adult Books
- 12.Delta 88
- 13.Cyrano De Berger's Back
- 14.Los Angeles
Available with WILD GIFT on 1 CD.
X: John Doe (vocals, bass); Exene Cervenka (vocals); Billy Zoom (guitar); D.J. Bonebrake (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Ray Manzarek (organ, synthesizer).
Recorded at Golden Sound Studios, Hollywood, California in January 1980.
Originally released on Slash (104). Includes liner notes by Kristine McKenna.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: John Doe (vocals); Billy Zoom (guitar); Ray Manzarek (organ, synthesizer); D.J. Bonebrake (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: Hound Dog Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1977-1980); Kitchen Sync, Hollywood, CA (1977-1980); X's Garage, Los Angeles, CA (1977-1980).
Photographer: Frank Gargani.
Since its release in 1980, X's debut album LOS ANGELES has rightfully gone on to be widely heralded as one of punk rock's true classics. Produced by former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, the album announced to the rest of the world the arrival of the West Coast punk explosion (which included such other acts as Black Flag, the Germs, Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Fear, etc.). But X was more than just your average, ordinary punk band, as they weren't afraid to inject rockabilly riffs and poetic lyrics into the punk rock stew, as exemplified throughout LOS ANGELES.
The album spawned some of the quartet's best-known tracks, including "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," "Nausea," "Los Angeles," and "The Unheard Music," while the 2001 Rhino Records reissue tacked on five extra bonus tracks. Of the newly included tracks, standouts include the forgotten early demo "Delta 88," as well as an early take of "Adult Books," which would be reworked on their sophomore release, WILD GIFT.