Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Generation X: Chiswick Demos


For insight into why Generation X (more here) were regarded by some of their punk peers as phonies, contrast this February 1977 demo for indie label Chiswick with their major label debut on Chrysalis from March of '78. On these earlier, rougher versions Billy Idol sings "Kleenex" as an attack on the National Front and Northern Ireland sectarianism and on "Ready, Steady, Go" he tells us that he's NOT in love with Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones and rock n' roll in general. By the time of their debut album Billy would be professing his love for all things rock n' roll (and those same sixties icons - even if in the past tense) and "Kleenex" wouldn't be about anything at all.



Track List
1. Kleenex
2. Listen
3. Your Generation
4. Ready, Steady, Go
5. Save My Life

(Thanks to nemsworld for the images)

Chiswick Demos link is in the comments.

Speaking of comments, let us know what you think of these early Gen X works.


Generation X albums are still cheap at Amazon!

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    CONSIDER YOURSELF INVITED TO LEAVE A COMMENT BEHIND!!





    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?jmt4zdnq2ma

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  2. Now that makes for some interesting lyrical changes.

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  3. Cheers for this -your efforts are much appreciated.all the best Deek

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  4. Cool post. Wanted to hear these early versions since finding Save My Life online years ago.

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  5. CallPastorJerkfaceJune 8, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    I gave that first Generation X a try some time ago mostly due to your cajolery Mr. Jeffen and I can not say I've regretted it one iota. Killer, killer album.

    Way back when I lived in a small town in Canada's Bible Belt I was introduced to quite possibly the only guy in the whole damn place who identified himself as a punk rocker. I was excited thinking I'd finally have some one to talk to about Black Flag and Die Kreuzen. Imagine my surprise when he told me how much he dug Generation X one Mr. Idol's former home team. "You mean that bleached popster who the bangers call a fag and the girls all want to save?"* I wanted to ask.

    Of course I didn't. After all "Rebel Yell" & "Dancing With Myself" rocked and the creepy "Eyes Without A Face" could certainly have taught a few other 80's power ballads a thing or two.

    And don't forget Steve Stevens! Crap I wanted to look like him back around 1985...curse my myopia!



    *(Come to think of it maybe it was: "you mean the one who the girls all want to bang and the parents don't think is safe?")

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  6. great to hear these tracks,thanks for posting...

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  7. Downloaded, listened to and greatly appreciated. Never heard them before.
    Great work and thanks again for sharing these.
    Cheers !

    Phil

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  8. Onanistic?!?!?! Excellent. I love when I have to break out the dictionary and learn a new euphemism for self pleasure. With these early GX downloads it is indeed all about my own pleasure. Thanx.

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  9. Great stuff, THX!


    stay IDOL...

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  10. Bio
    Yup that sure was the most interesting part of these demos for me.

    Deek
    Glad you like the effort.

    Roc
    Yea I didn't know they'd one indie demos till a few weeks ago!

    CPJ
    I sneered a lot at Billy in the eighties but fact is there were good songs amidst the posing and the image-mongering.
    P.S, Thanks for the small-town vignette!

    Ron
    Welcome!

    Isabella
    Bitte schön!

    Anon
    Enjoy the rarities.

    Phil
    These really offer a different view on the band - I'm surprised no one's tried to add them to some collection - I've hard worse-sounding bonus tracks!

    Mr. Sauve
    Thanks, nothing makes me happier than readers who love the music AND the words (I did have to crack open my O.E.D. to make sure that was the adjectival form of the word).

    Anon
    Until I join the Idol rich...

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  11. Thanks for these Jeffen, yet another must have!!

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  12. Styrene Boy
    More must-have's - I am ruining other people's lives!

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  13. muchas gracias...
    much appreciated...

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  14. These are awesome--thanks so much!

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  15. I used to have the Chiswick Demos ...I liked the earlier raw sound. Always had time for Generation X always thought that they had a touch of style about them. Then came the blitz kids....!

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