X emerged from the L.A. punk scene as the most critically lauded American band of the early ’80s. X helped to vindicate the West Coast scene, which had lagged behind New York and London’s early punk and new-wave movements. X’s music then was properly labeled as punk, the music and lyrics were more sophisticated than the hardcore sound that would later define the genre. And for all the speed and thrust of their playing, X claims roots in rockabilly and old-time country music, which echoes in the vocal harmonies of John Doe and Exene.
The band began in 1977, when John Doe and Billy Zoom met through classified ads in a local publication. Doe’s family had moved all around America when he was growing up, and he settled in L.A. in 1976. Exene first met Doe at a poetry workshop in Venice, California, and the two soon became lovers and bandmates. The couple, who later married and divorced, also write all the band’s lyrics. With D.J. Bonebrake, they began playing at the Masque, Hollywood’s seminal punk club.
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