Friday, April 27, 2012


        Although I was aware of this band in the 1980s, I was not a fan.  Never owned an album and didn't listen to most music in this style.   But I often read about John Doe and Exene Cervenka, the two key members of this punk rock group, in Rolling Stone and other music magazines.

        When I was traveling with a road show during that decade, I can recall often tuning in to some Saturday night punk/new wave music show.  I didn't know what I was watching but it was mostly weird performance-wise and grating music-wise. But I watched it anyway because it was--well, shall I say--somewhat riveting.  Kind of like a bad accident.

          Late Saturday nights, usually after having driven for a few hours, in a strange motel in a strange town, watching this weird music show.   I vaguely remember.  It was kind of like live wrestling except it was punk rock music.   X was probably one of the groups that often appeared on this show.  Couldn't tell you now.  Don't care too much.

          A band called X just seemed like an appropriate band to talk about for the letter "X".

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  1. This is a good post Lee. Hope you're having a great day. :)

  2. Did they have much of a following? Wonder why they chose "X" for their name?

    By the way, I am dedicating "Y" to you. The blog is about a recurring dream about teaching and field trips. Obviously, field trips were traumatic for me.

  3. Yvonne and Tracy--Thank you for stopping by.

    Susan -- I think they did have a pretty decent following in the 80s and actually I think they still do have a fan base. Not totally sure about the X name other than one of the lead singers was named Exene Cervenka. Also the fact that the male lead was named John Doe maybe they used X to represent the unknown factor.



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