X is a Los Angeles-based punk band. Formed in 1977 by singer and
bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, singer Exene Cervenka, and drummer D.J.
Bonebrake, X was an immediate critical success. In their first years of existence
they quickly rose to the top of the L.A. underground music scene. After attracting
a large local following, X was signed to the local Slash
label and released their first album LOS ANGELES (produced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors),
in 1980. The album, with its driving cow-punk rock, led by Zoom's rockabilly
guitar, Manzerek's keyboard, and the dark, socially conscious, lyrics of Cervenka
and Doe, was a critical hit and sold surprisingly well for a album on such a
small label. WILD GIFT (1981) reached the national
charts and X was soon signed to a major label, Elektra.
X followed with UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN (1982),
MORE FUN IN THE NEW WORLD (1983), WILD
THING (12" Single 1994),and AIN'T LOVE GRAND
(1985). In late 1985, Billy Zoom left X and was replaced by Blasters guitarist
Dave Alvin, who with Doe and Cervenka were members of the acoustic country-rock
band the Knitters. In early 1986, X became a quintet with the
addition of guitarist Tony Gilkyson, formerly of Lone Justice, and recorded
SEE HOW WE ARE (1987). Alvin left the band and the
remaining members recorded a double live album, LIVE AT
THE WHISKY A GO-GO (1988) and soon announced a hiatus. During the next five
years, Both Cervenka and Doe pursued solo careers. In 1993, X reunited and with
a new label, released HEY ZEUS! (PolyGram, 1993) and
UNCLOGGED (Infidelity, 1995). In mid 1996, X, after
19 years, decided to call it quits."X is no more and not getting back together
and not on a hiatus so we can can do solo projects," stated Exene Cervenkova
(formally Cervenka) in a L.A. Times article."It's Done. We had such a bond, but the band
had evolved too far away from it's punk roots for me." In October 1997,
X released the retrospective BEYOND AND BACK. This 2-CD compilation includes demos,
live recordings, rehearsal numbers, and studio tracks; according to Exene, in
a Billboard magazine interview, the album's crude, unfinished quality makes
it especially timely when compared to today's overproduced music."I think
that the culture sucks again, just like it did when we started," she says."With
the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac being the biggest tickets right now as
a concert, it's totally perfect for this record to
be released at this time. When you listen to KROQ [Los Angeles] or watch MTV,
you realize that everything is artifice and crap. It's the same stuff we were
fighting before. " In February 1998, original guitarist Billy Zoom rejoined X for a mini reunion tour with shows in San
Francisco and Los Angeles. X joined the 1998
Fleadh Fest and played several more shows in the
months that followed. In 1999 the reformed band playing several shows in cities
that included L.A., San Diego,
and Las Vegas. The end of 1999 found Exene, John Doe, and D.J. Bonebrake touring
with the reformed Knitters. Billy Zoom currently lives in Orange County (CA)
and runs an amplifier repair business.
The good news is that Rhino is going to re-issue all the X records, the first 3 very soon!
NEED YOUR HELP!
If you have any tapes, photos, or interviews, please contact us at:
c/o Rhino Records
10635 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
If we use your
stuff, you will be credited on the record.
John Doe, Exene, D.J. Bonebrake, Billy Zoom
the official website
The World's a Mess, It's In My Kiss
X Live at the Hollywood Palladium - Feb 28, 1998
Find The Music
This is an unofficial fan page that is in no
way associated with X.
"X The Unheard Music" the original X site online since 1995.