Los Angeles (X album)

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Los Angeles
Studio album by X
Released April 1980
Recorded January 1980, Golden Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Punk rock
Length 28:05
Label Slash
Producer Ray Manzarek
X chronology
Los Angeles
(1980)
Wild Gift
(1981)
"Delta 88" redirects here. For the automobile, see Oldsmobile 88.

Los Angeles is the debut album of the American punk rock band X, released on April 26, 1980. Produced by ex-Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek, it includes a cover of the 1967 Doors song "Soul Kitchen". It made it on at number 16 for the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.[1] In 2003, the album was ranked number 286 on the Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[2]

In 1988, Slash re-released Los Angeles and Wild Gift jointly on a single CD. It was re-released by Rhino Records in 2001 with five bonus tracks.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Rolling Stone favorable[5]

Los Angeles was reviewed very positively from its first release. Ken Tucker wrote in Rolling Stone that it "is a powerful, upsetting work that concludes with a confrontation of the band's own rampaging bitterness and confusion."[5] And Robert Christgau writes that their outlook and songs "make a smart argument for a desperately stupid scene."[4] Finally, Allmusic's review concludes that the album "is considered by many to be one of punk's all-time finest recordings, and with good reason."[3]

For the year of its release, it was placed at number 16 on the Christgau organized Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.[1] Subsequently in 1989, it was ranked number 24 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 best albums of the 80s[6] and Pitchfork ranked it 91st on their top 100 albums of the 1980s.[7] The former also ranked it number 286 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.[2] The title track is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.[8] In 2012, Slant Magazine placed the album at number 98 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[9]

The album's title track played in the series finale of The Shield and has made numerous video game appearances including the soundtrack to Tony Hawk's Underground 2, as downloadable content in Rock Band and as a cover version in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's; however, the use of the words "nigger" and "shit" were censored while the Guitar Hero version uses the second verse as the first and second verse. The track "Nausea" is also notable for its performance in the opening of the 1981 rockumentary The Decline of Western Civilization, and later in 2008 in The Germs biopic film What We Do Is Secret.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Doe and Exene Cervenka except as indicated.

Side A[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not"     2:25
2. "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene"     2:50
3. "Soul Kitchen"   John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek; Jim Morrison 2:25
4. "Nausea"     3:40
5. "Sugarlight"     2:28

Side B[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Los Angeles"     2:25
7. "Sex and Dying in High Society"     2:15
8. "The Unheard Music"     4:49
9. "The World's a Mess; It's in My Kiss"     4:43

Bonus tracks (2001 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "I'm Coming Over" (Demo version) – 1:24
  2. "Adult Books" (Dangerhouse Rough Mix version) – 3:21
  3. "Delta 88" (Demo version) – 1:28
  4. "Cyrano de Berger's Back" (Rehearsal) – 3:01
  5. "Los Angeles" (Dangerhouse version) – 2:14

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The 1980 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. February 9, 1981. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) [2005]. "286 | Los Angeles - X". Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1-932958-61-4. OCLC 70672814. Retrieved April 4, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Prato, Greg. Los Angeles at AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2005.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "X > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 4, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (August 7, 1980). "X Los Angeles > Album Review". Rolling Stone (323). Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved May 12, 2006. 
  6. ^ Azerrad, Michael; DeCurtis, Anthony (November 16, 1989). "The 100 Best Albums of the Eighties". Rolling Stone (565). p. 76. Retrieved February 21, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork Media. November 20, 2002. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Experience the Music: One Hit Wonders and the Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll". rockhall.com. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Best Albums of the 1980s | Music". Slant Magazine. March 5, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012.