Los Angeles (X album)

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Los Angeles
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 26, 1980
RecordedJanuary 1980
StudioGolden Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
GenrePunk rock
ProducerRay Manzarek
X chronology
Los Angeles
Wild Gift
"Delta 88" redirects here. For the automobile, see Oldsmobile 88.

Los Angeles is the debut studio album by American rock band X, released on April 26, 1980 by Slash Records. Produced by ex-Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek, it includes a cover of the 1967 Doors song "Soul Kitchen". It placed at No. 16 for the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.[1] In 2003, the album was ranked No. 286 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[2]

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

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[8]
Uncut4.5/5 stars[9]

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."[10] Robert Christgau wrote that their outlook and songs "make a smart argument for a desperately stupid scene."[4] AllMusic's retrospective review concluded 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 No. 16 on the Christgau organized Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.[1] Subsequently, it was ranked No. 24 on Rolling Stone's 1989 list "The 100 Best Albums of the Eighties",[11] and Pitchfork ranked it 91st on their top 100 albums of the 1980s.[12] The former also ranked it No. 286 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.[2] The title track was included in "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".[13] In 2012, Slant Magazine placed the album at No. 98 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[14]

In pop culture[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Doe and Exene Cervenka except where noted.

Side A
1."Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not" 2:25
2."Johnny Hit and Run Pauline" 2:50
3."Soul Kitchen"John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek; Jim Morrison2:25
4."Nausea" 3:40
5."Sugarlight" 2:28
Side B
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



Additional personnel


  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 – X". AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2005.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1990). "X: Los Angeles". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved April 4, 2006.
  5. ^ "X: Los Angeles". Entertainment Weekly: 75. September 28, 2001.
  6. ^ Bengal, Rebecca (February 24, 2019). "X: Los Angeles". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "X". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 889–90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  9. ^ "X: Los Angeles". Uncut (55): 118. December 2001.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Azerrad, Michael; DeCurtis, Anthony (November 16, 1989). "The 100 Best Albums of the Eighties". Rolling Stone (565). p. 76. Retrieved February 21, 2007.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork Media. November 20, 2002. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Best Albums of the 1980s | Music". Slant Magazine. March 5, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012.