Wednesday, 16 March 2016

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"Germfree adolescents"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  EMI
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






































Perhaps the most utopian aspect of the U.K. punk scene was that it offered creative, articulate young people the opportunity to express themselves, and to kick up an exuberantly noisy racket in the process. X-Ray Spex certainly came from this wing of the movement, the brainchild of two female schoolmates who re-christened themselves Poly Styrene and Lora Logic. X-Ray Spex was far from the only female-centered British punk act, but they were arguably the best, combining exuberant energy with a cohesive worldview courtesy of singer and songwriter Poly Styrene. As her nom de punk hinted, Styrene was obsessed with the artificiality she saw permeating Britain's consumer society, linking synthetic goods with a sort of processed, manufactured humanity. Styrene's frantic claustrophobia permeates the record, as she rails in her distinctively quavering yowl against the alienation she feels preventing her from discovering her true self. Germ Free Adolescents is tied together by Styrene's yearning to be free not only from demands for consumption, but from the insecurity corporate advertisers used to exploit their targets (especially in women) -- in other words, to enjoy being real, imperfect, non-sterile humans living in a real, imperfect, non-Day-Glo world. Fortunately, the record is just as effective musically as it is conceptually. It's full of kick-out-the-jams rockers, with a few up-tempo thrashers and surprisingly atmospheric pieces mixed in; the raw, wailing saxophone of Rudi Thomson (who replaced Lora Logic early on) gives the band its true sonic signature. The CD reissue of Germ Free Adolescents appends both sides of the classic debut single "Oh Bondage Up Yours!," one of the most visceral moments in all of British punk -- which means everything you need is right here (*review wrote by Steve Huey).
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"Highly inflammable"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  EMI
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock







































Originally released as two songs single by major EMI, an unknown label made this unofficial compilation with ten tracks not appeared in its debut album, but made and recorded also between 1977 and 1979. Classic punk rock with  few touches of reggae or perhaps some kind of new wave. X-RAY SPEX reapered just mid 90s to record "Conscious consumer" in 1995, an album of pure pop music wich had not success at all and the band re-disbanded late 90s. In 2011 had place a reunion tour and a live album with all its classic hits.
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