From left to right: Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebrake, Exene Cervenka, and John Doe
X is a popular Punk Rock
band from Los Angeles
which formed in 1977. Their first two albums, Los Angeles
and Wild Gift
, are consistently ranked among the greatest punk albums. They also played an important role in The Decline Of Western Civilization
Unrelated to the Australian band X, the video game series
, the CLAMP
manga known in the States as X/1999
Tropes that apply to X:
- Awesome McCoolname: Their drummer, DJ Bonebrake. Sure, rest of the band have cool-sounding stage names (Exene Cervenka, John Doe, and Billy Zoom), but DJ Bonebrake was in fact born with that name... Though technically he's Donald J. Bonebrake.
- Canon Discontinuity: The albums recorded following Billy Zoom's 1985 departure are largely ignored in their live shows nowadays. Exception: "Burning House of Love" from Ain't Love Grand.
- Cover Version: "Soul Kitchen", "Wild Thing", "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes"
- Hardcore Punk: They were part of the Los Angeles hardcore scene in the late 70s and early 80s.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: John and Exene.
- One-Letter Name
- Punk Rock
- Rape as Drama: "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene"
- Vocal Tag Team: John and Exene.
- Working with the Ex: John and Exene, post-divorce. These days, they're Amicable Exes.