X-Ray Spex are an usual entry in the British punk pantheon. With a Samali/British born front woman Poly Styrene, formally involved with the hippie culture she witnessed a Sex Pistols show in 77 and went on to form a punk band of her own. Unique in image and blistering in their sound, they released 5 singles and an album between 77-80. Constant touring caused Poly to become very disenchanted with the whole ‘pop star’ experience and she left the group at that point but the sole album they recorded as gone on to become a classic of a punk record.

Germ Free Adolescents ‘ most recognizable trait is its songs that deal with consumerism, commercialism, and personal indendity in genreal. Tracks like Art-I-Ficial, I Am A Posuer, Genetic Engineering, The Day The World Turned Dayglo and singles like I Am Cliche are perfect examples of the lyrical standpoint in which the band took. Poly’s high pitched edgy singing style is forefront, catching your attention right off the bat and the music behind her, a Sex Pistols style guitar driven blast of pure punk rock n roll madness albeit with a Saxophone! Original member Lora Logic played the Saxophone which certainly is another trademark element of X-Ray Spex that wasnt exactly a common thing found in punk until at least the mid 80’s when ska and reggae became a heavy part of the genre (Madness) and of course in the 90’s when it really exploded with Save Ferris, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger. The lone “ballad” style song on the album, the title track is great and it gives way to the fast/slow blast of Plastic Bag which might be the most bombastic song it bursts with a kenetic guitar riff-sax/guitar blast pattern. It shares honors with Oh! Bondage Up Yours! as the bands true anthems. Bondage you might recognize from somewhere or another if you’re into punk or indie rock in general. It’s a certified punk classic.

– Germfree Adolescents, the Only Album Release from X Ray Spex, Is One of the Most Influential Punk Rock Albums Ever Made
– Ranked as One of the Greatest Punk Rock Records by Everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau toMojo to Spin
– Features Penetrating Lyrics and Passionate Vocals from Frontwoman Poly Styrene
– Also Features Lora Logic on Saxophone
– Key Tracks Include “The Day the World Turned Dayglo” and “Germ Free Adolescents”
– Includes Faithful Reproduction of Original Inner Lyric Sleeve
– “X-Ray Clear” Vinyl Pressing Offering Superior Fidelity

Real Gone Music is proud to present Germfree Adolescents, one of the signature albums of the early (1978) British punk movement, in an “x-ray clear” vinyl edition that serves as an ideal prism through which to see the hypocrisy of consumerist culture. The one and only LP release from X Ray Spex and its irrepressible frontwoman Poly Styrene has been deemed by everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau to Spin to Mojo as one of the greatest punk albums ever made, and for this reissue, we’ve done it right; besides the clear vinyl (offering excellent sound), we’ve reproduced the inner lyric sheet, where you can read Poly’s brilliant observations about the plastic, corporate nature of modern society. All of which she sings in a passionate yowl all her own (with Lora Logic among others backing on saxophone); this is not only one of the most penetratingly observant punk records, it’s also one of the most passionate, and, surprisingly enough, catchy. Check out “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo” and “Germ Free Adolescents” if it’s hooks you’re after; if it’s righteous anger and a noisy racket you’re seeking, every track will do ya.

SIDE ONE
1. Art-I-Ficial
2. Obsessed with You
3. Warrior in Woolworths 4. Let’s Submerge
5. I Can’t Do Anything
6. Identity

SIDE TWO
1. Genetic Engineering
2. I Live Off You
3. I Am a Poseur
4. Germ Free Adolescents
5. Plastic Bag
6. The Day the World Turned Dayglo
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