Under the Big Black Sun

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Under the Big Black Sun
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Studio album by X
Released July 1982
Recorded 1982, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Punk rock
Length 34:29
Label Elektra
Producer Ray Manzarek
X chronology
Wild Gift
(1981)
Under the Big Black Sun
(1982)
More Fun in the New World
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
The Village Voice A−[5]

Under the Big Black Sun is the third album by the American punk band X, and their major-label debut. It was released on Elektra Records in 1982, and reissued on Rhino Records in 2001 with bonus tracks.

The cover art illustration was drawn by Alfred Harris.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A[edit]

  1. "The Hungry Wolf" – 3:45
  2. "Motel Room in My Bed" – 2:32
  3. "Riding with Mary" – 3:40
  4. "Come Back to Me" – 3:43
  5. "Under the Big Black Sun" – 3:23

Side B[edit]

  1. "Because I Do" – 2:21
  2. "Blue Spark" – 2:06
  3. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (Al Dubin & Joe Burke) – 2:20
  4. "Real Child of Hell" – 2:59
  5. "How I (Learned My Lesson)" – 2:12
  6. "The Have Nots" – 4:44

Bonus tracks (2001 reissue)[edit]

  1. "Riding with Mary" (Single version) – 3:12
  2. X Rewrites "El Paso" (Rehearsal)/"Because I Do" (TV Mix/Instrumental)" (Marty Robbins, Cervenka, Doe) – 2:56
  3. "Universal Corner" (Live) – 4:08
  4. "Breathless" (Single mix) (Otis Blackwell) – 2:20
  5. "How I (Learned My Lesson)" (Live) – 2:20

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Under the Big Black Sun – X". AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2005. 
  2. ^ "X: Under the Big Black Sun". Entertainment Weekly: 75. September 28, 2001. 
  3. ^ Puterbaugh, Parker (August 16, 1982). "X: Under the Big Black Sun". Rolling Stone (376). Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2006. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 889–90. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 10, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 4, 2006. 
  6. ^ Veltkamp, Joey (7 December 2009). "History of Art in Seattle, Chapter One". Best Of. Retrieved 17 June 2016.