Friday, November 9, 2018

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X Rat Spex : Germ Free Adolescents

On November 10, 1978 X Ray Spex released their only studio album, Germ Free Adolescents. Spin Magazine's Alternative Record Guide calls the album essential, with Rob Sheffield writing "Germfree Adolescents is so exhilarating, so inspiring, so fun, it naturally took fourteen years to get released in America." Mellower and more melodic than the singles we've featured here so far ( "Oh Bondage , Up Yours", "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" and "Art-I-Ficial"), the songs whizz by with images of Woolworth's , deodorant and fast food.

Saxophone player Lara Logic had already left by the time Germfree Adolescents was released. By the end of the year singer Poly Styrene had broken up the band, claiming to have suffered a nervous breakdown after a visit by UFOs. She would join the Krishna Consciousness movement. Bassist Paul Dean would join Loverboy, for fucks sake. ** (I stand corrected on this but of info which I got from Rob Sheffield's review for the Spin Alternative Record Guide). There is a Paul Dean who plays with Loverboy but he's a British Columbia native, not a British Punk native.