I bought X's Under the Big Black Sun for my older brother from Records on Wheels when I was 14. It was an intimidating experience walking down that dark narrow corridor of a room and purchasing a record that I couldn't justify if attacked by the staff (Ask any middle-aged Winnipeg music enthusiast about the belligerence of certain ROW employees, it'll make High Fidelity look all Disney). At home, I absorbed those off-kilter songs while I pored over the album and traced the inky illustrations that flowed across the lyric sheet, never realizing that X were covertly re-introducing me to country music!
To this day, It's hard to say X sounded like anybody. What echoes of others you could hear; Chuck Berry, the Jefferson Airplane, Patti Smith, The Ramones just showed how deeply American this "unheard music" of theirs was. This out-of-print double live L.P. (yup it had more tracks then the also out-of-print CD version), despite being minus rockabilly raver Billy Zoom, recaps the band's career very well.
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