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Artist: X-Ray Spex
Album: Germfree Adolescents
Appears On (Mixes): Jeff Bridges... I Don't Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!
Song Notes: My favorite X-ray Spex song, or at least in the top 3. X-ray Spex seem to be one of those bands where you've either never heard of them, or you adore them. They only put out one record (or, rather, one record that counts; in 1995 they reformed and put out a really forgettable reunion record after two of the members got wrapped up in Hare Krishna) and that one record's been treated particularly poorly by record labels; pretty much every other issue of it aside from the original has re-ordered the tracks randomly (despite the fact that the album depends rather heavily on its original track order) and the current CD issue of it features lousy sound quality (seriously, I had 128kbps mp3s ripped from the vinyl copy of it; when I finally found a copy of the CD and bought it I found that the sound quality was COMPARABLE to those crappy mp3s), lousy liner notes, and a random selection of lyrics printed in an unreadable font in unreadable colors that blend in with the background photos. I ended up ripping it, tracking down the original tracklisting and burning myself a copy of the original running order (along with the good bonus tracks). Still, though, X-ray Spex are a band that even this horrible, horrible release is worth it if you don't have anything by them. And just keep your fingers crossed that some record company that knows what they're doing will put it out right. - Rev. Syung Myung Me