Generation X (band)

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Name = Generation X


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Genre = Punk rock
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Years_active = 1976–1981
2002–2005
Label = Chrysalis
Associated_acts = Chelsea
Subway Sect
Sigue Sigue Sputnik
London SS
The Clash
Cowboys International
Empire
Billy Idol
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Past_members = Billy Idol
Tony James
Bob Andrews
John Towe
Mark Laff
Terry Chimes
James Stevenson

Generation X (aka Gen X) were an English punk rock band, formed on 21 November 1976 by Billy Idol, Tony James and John Towe. [ [http://punk77.co.uk/groups/generationx.htm Generation X - A Punk Rock History with Pictures ] ]

Career

Originally formed as Chelsea along with lead singer Gene October, they soon broke away from October and changed their name to Generation X (after Jane Deverson's 1965 sociology book, a copy of which was owned by Idol's mother). [http://punk77.co.uk/groups/generationx.htm Punk77.co.uk] ] Idol switched from guitar to vocal duties, and Bob "Derwood" Andrews joined as lead guitarist. They played their first live show on 21 December 1976 at The Roxy (becoming the very first band to play at the venue).

Towe was later replaced on drums by Mark Laff (ex-Subway Sect), to complete the "official" line-up, before the band signed to Chrysalis Records and released their first single, "Your Generation" in September, 1977. This configuration would remain through their first two albums, the self titled, "Generation X" (1977), followed by "Valley Of The Dolls" (1979).

Generation X were one of the first punk bands to appear on the popular BBC Television music program "Top of the Pops". [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:diftxqe5ldke~T1 Allmusic biography] ] Unlike other punk bands, Generation X ignored some of the 'rules' and 'ideals' adopted by UK punk rock bands, taking inspiration from British pop of the 1960s. [ [http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=12354 "King Rocker" by Generation X Songfacts] ] In 1977, they covered John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth", and in 1979 they teamed up with veteran old-school rocker Ian Hunter who produced their second album "Valley of the Dolls".

There were differences in the group’s musical direction that they struggled to resolve. They wanted to remain true to their punk roots while pursuing a heavier rock sound. Internal disagreements came to a head in late 1979 during the recording of what was to have been their third album. (This was released decades later as part of the Anthology boxed set under the title, "Sweet Revenge").

In 1980, Andrews and Laff left the band (subsequently forming the seminal post-punk band, Empire), to be replaced in Generation X by The Clash and Cowboys International's former drummer Terry Chimes, and former Chelsea guitarist James Stevenson.

Generation X made a last stand, re-recording some of the "Sweet Revenge" material, as well as several new songs. With this final release, "Kiss Me Deadly" (1981), the band abbreviated its name to Gen X. "Kiss Me Deadly" included a version of "Dancing With Myself", first recorded as part of "Sweet Revenge" with Andrews and Laff (who co-wrote the song), and which Idol would later cover as a solo artist to kick-start his own career with a hit.

Idol went on to pursue a solo career in America, where he became a substantial pop star. James later formed Sigue Sigue Sputnik and performed with bands including The Sisters of Mercy and, much later on, Carbon/Silicon.

Discography

Albums

*"Generation X", 1978, UK #29
*"Valley Of The Dolls", 1979, UK #51
*"Sweet Revenge", 1979 Unreleased until 2003
*"Kiss Me Deadly", 1981 (as "Gen X")

7" singles

*"Your Generation" b/w "Day By Day", 1977 UK #36
*"Wild Youth" b/w "Wild Dub", 1977
*"Ready Steady Go" b/w "No No No", 1978 UK #47
*"King Rocker" b/w "Gimme Some Truth", 1978 UK #11
*"Valley Of The Dolls" b/w "Shakin' All Over", 1979 UK #23
*"Friday's Angels" b/w "Trying for Kicks"/"This Heat", 1979 UK #62
*"Dancing With Myself" b/w "Ugly Rash", 1980 (as "Gen X") UK #62cite book
first= David
last= Roberts
year= 2006
title= British Hit Singles & Albums
edition= 19th
publisher= Guinness World Records Limited
location= London
pages= p. 224
id= ISBN 1-904994-10-5
]

12" singles/EPs

*"Dancing With Myself" b/w "Loopy Dub"/"Ugly Dub", UK, 1980 (as "Gen X")
*"Dancing With Myself EP", UK, 1982 (as "Gen X") UK #60
**"Dancing With Myself"
**"Untouchables"
**"Rock On"
**"King Rocker"
*"Dancing With Myself" b/w "Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Dubble", U.S., 1981 (as "Gen X")

Compilations

*"Perfect Hits 1975-81", 1985
*"Radio 1 Sessions", 2002
*"Anthology", 2003
*"BBC Live: One Hundred Punks", 2003
*"Live", 2005

ee also

*Bromley Contingent
*List of British punk bands
*List of musicians in the first wave of punk music
*List of New Wave bands and artists
*Music of the United Kingdom (1970s)

References

* The Great Rock Discography - 5th Edition - ISBN 1-84195-017-3

External links

* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:m7tvad3kv8w3 Generation X] − "Allmusic"


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