Thursday, March 31, 2005

Generation X

Generation XIt warms my heart to see Billy Idol release a new album. Devil's Playground was released last Tuesday and the album cover is classic Idol. A little older and a little rough on the edges but Billy looks good. I haven't got it yet but plan on it as soon as I can find some money. Initial buzz that I've heard is that its purty good. But I digress, for this post is about Billy's first band, Generation X.

I was a fan of Generation X before the band split up in 1981 and Billy went on to big success as a solo artist. Although not as well as known as some of their peers (the Clash, the Sex Pistols, the Damned, etc.), U.K. punk rockers Generation X burst onto the scene at the same time as the others. Their music was punk with a touch of pop thrown into the mix. Formed in 1976, they released their debut album in 1978 simply titled Generation X. They took their name from a book that Billy's Mum had laying around the house. Generation X ouput was limited to three albums before they split. Bassist Tony James later showed up in Sigue Sigue Sputnik and we all know what became of Billy. Today's track is from the first album Generation X.

Wild Youth by Generation X

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