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Part of the first wave of American punk, X has been rocking since the late 1970s, and the band's evolving sound continues to captivate concert goers to this day.
X was the brainchild of L.A.-based singer John Doe and guitarist Billy Zoom. Doe's girlfriend, Exene Cervenka, and DJ Bonebreak rounded out the group. The band was signed to the independent label Dangerhouse and soon began to attract a fan base. When Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek first heard X, he jumped on board to produce their first full-length album. Los Angeles was released in 1980 and combined punk with rockabilly. Their follow up album, Wild Gift, was named "Record of the Year" by Rolling Stone.
The band took their first hiatus in 1986, regrouping in 1993 to record their seventh album. Recently, the band has been performing at events like SXSW and Coachella. In 2016 the band appeared on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital.
Many of X's songs take lyrics directly from poetry and some critics have compared them to Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski. In 1982, their album Under the Big Black Sun drew inspiration from the death of Cervenka's sister.
X's music has been featured in many films. Their cover of "Wild Thing" can be heard in the film Major League. Member John Doe has also become a staple of film. While performing with X, he also appeared in films such as Road House, Boogie Nights and The Good Girl. On the small screen, he was a regular on the WB series Roswell.