Album Review #145: Germ Free Adolescents (X-Ray Spex)

in music •  3 months ago

X-RAY SPECS
GERM FREE ADOLESCENTS
1978-CASTLE
Produced By FALCON STUART

  1. Art-I-Ficial
  2. Obsessed With You
  3. Warrior In Woolworths
  4. Let's Submerge
  5. I Can't Do Anything
  6. Identity
  7. Genetic Engineering
  8. I Live Off You
  9. I Am A Poseur
  10. Germfree Adolescents
  11. Plastic Bag
  12. The Day The World Turned Dayglo

Bonus Tracks

  1. Oh! Bondage Up Yours!
  2. I Am Cliche
  3. Highly Inflammable
  4. Age
  5. Genetic Engineering
  6. Art-I-Ficial
  7. I Am A Poseur
  8. Identity
  9. Germ Free Adolescents
  10. Warrior In Woolworths
  11. Age

It could only have happened in the 70's. And in England. These punk pioneers recorded one album before disappearing into the strange land of wherever weird bands go. Germ Free Adolescents was left unreleased in the US until 1992, and it's pretty strange stuff. Led by lead singer Poly Styrene, the songs are as quirky as their titles, and they do rock. Even though her vocals were a bit...screechy, the songs show a band that was leading a movement. Punk wouldn't have been the same without them. It's a great document of the formation of a genre.

Had it been left at just the original album, I would put this in the strange but classic category. Unfortunately, the 12 song album is augmented in this 2005 issue with 11...ELEVEN...bonus tracks. 11 more songs than you'll ever need from this band. Have I mentioned that for the most part I hate bonus tracks? This is why. If you can find the 12 song version, get it. It will be much better than this. It's just too much Poly Styrene.

This is album #145 in an ongoing series.

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