Generation X (album)

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Generation X
Generation X - Generation X album cover.jpg
Studio album by Generation X
Released March 17, 1978[1]
Recorded TW Studios, Fulham
Genre Pop punk, new wave[2]
Label Chrysalis
Producer Martin Rushent
Generation X chronology
Generation X
Valley of the Dolls
(1979)Valley of the Dolls1979
Singles from Generation X
  1. "Ready Steady Go"
    Released: Mar 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB+[5]

Generation X is the debut album of Generation X produced by Martin Rushent and engineered by Alan Winstanley, released in 1978.[6] The album contained the UK hit single "Ready Steady Go" which reached No. 47 in the chart in March 1978.[7] The album itself peaked at No.29 on August 4.[8] When it was originally released in the USA, it featured a different track listing, omitting three songs and adding three songs from singles and "Gimme Some Truth", a rare studio cover of a John Lennon song.[9] The album was later remastered and re-released in 2002 with the original UK track listing, and six bonus tracks from singles. "Kiss Me Deadly" was used in the soundtrack of the 1998 movie SLC Punk.

Track listing[edit]

Original UK LP (1978)[edit]

All tracks written by Billy Idol and Tony James.

1."From the Heart"2:08
2."One Hundred Punks"3:08
4."Ready Steady Go"2:58
6."Promises Promises"5:18
7."Day By Day"2:05
8."The Invisible Man"2:56
9."Kiss Me Deadly"4:24
10."Too Personal"2:17
11."Youth Youth Youth"6:07
2002 Bonus CD Tracks
12."Your Generation"3:15
13."Wild Youth" (B-Side to "Your Generation".)2:53
14."Wild Dub" (B-Side to "Wild Youth".)3:49
15."Trying for Kicks" (B-Side to "Friday's Angels".)2:00
16."This Heat" (B-Side to "Friday's Angels".)2:12

Original US LP (1978)[edit]

All tracks written by Billy Idol and Tony James; except where noted.

1."Gimme Some Truth" (Not the BBC Radio 1 Session.)John Lennon2:48
2."Wild Youth" 2:52
3."From the Heart" 2:06
4."Ready Steady Go" 2:56
5."Kleenex" 2:05
6."Promises Promises" 5:18
7."Day By Day" 2:04
8."One Hundred Punks" 3:05
9."Your Generation" 3:11
10."Kiss Me Deadly" 4:12
11."Wild Dub" 3:47
12."Youth Youth Youth" 6:00


Generation X


  1. ^ "Generation X". Rate Your Music. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Trunkworthy. "Before Billy Idol Was A Rock Star, He Was Just A Punk". 
  3. ^ Adams, Greg. "Generation X – Generation X". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  4. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). "Generation X". The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-679-73729-4. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (29 May 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Generation X (4) - Generation X at Discogs". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  7. ^ "ready+steady+go | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  8. ^ "generation+x | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Generation X (4) - Generation X (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2016-03-27.