X - ROSLYN, NY 1983

October 1, 2011 – 4:39 am

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Roslyn, NY 1983 [no label, 1CD]

Live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY; November 12, 1983. Very good FM broadcast.

If the hard rock of the ’70s was littered with drawn-out jams and extended solos, then one of the things that punk did was to bring back songs that were short, sharp… and sometimes sweet.

This is what Jon Young wrote about the cow-punk group, X, in The Trouser Press Guide To ’90s Rock (1991):

Though X was perhaps the most important band to emerge from the Los Angeles punk scene, its members were never genuine punks per se. Too self-conscious and artsy to simply spew, leaders John Doe (bass, vocals) and Exene Cervenka (vocals) repackaged their bohemian tendencies in new guise, delivering desperate meditations on sex and society at high velocity, happy to ride the coattails of more instinctual performers.

At this gig, they were promoting their More Fun In The New World album (1983) though for many fans, their debut album, Los Angeles (1980), might have been their album of choice. Los Angeles came in at No. 55 in BigO’s 100 Albums (1975-1995) with this remark: “Los Angeles is important for the wild charge that it represents. Like many vintage punk albums, it is vital for its celebration of alienation. Only thing is, X is talking Hollywood here and not working-class dole dependents in England… While Los Angeles remains a vital period piece (it has been described as a precursor to hardcore), it is also history in the making and suggests the later re-making… of history.”

Thanks to the person who shared this on the Net in 2007. Front cover from americanhxc.blogspot.com ROCK RARE COLLECTION FETISH (thanks too).

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Track 01. True Love Pt. 1 (cuts in with 0:35 remaining) (1.3MB)
Track 02. In This House (6.5MB)
Track 03. The Hungry Wolf (6.7MB)
Track 04. More Fun In The New World (5.9MB)
Track 05. Universal Corner (7.3MB)
Track 06. True Love Pt. 2 (8.8MB)
Track 07. Beyond and Back (4.5MB)
Track 08. Los Angeles (4.3MB)
Track 09. Make The Music Go Bang (5.1MB)
Track 10. Some Other Time (4.0MB)
Track 11. Hot House (5.0MB)
Track 12. Soul Kitchen (4.0MB)
Track 13. Breathless* (4.1MB)
Track 14. Medley (cuts in with 1:02 remaining) (1.8MB)
Track 15. Johnny Hit and Run Pauline (5.2MB)
Track 16. Motel Room In My Bed (4.8MB)
Track 17. Poor Girl (4.7MB)
Track 18. Devil Doll (5.1MB)

* Tape flip after Track 13.


Click here to order Los Angeles and other X albums.

  1. 12 Responses to “X - ROSLYN, NY 1983”

  2. hey bigo, what a coincidence. i was just listening to rory gallagher-my father’s place show you offered in march. it’s a good one.

    i’m not real familiar with x, but i have heard of them. i’ll check this out.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 1, 2011

  3. BigO you r the best. Love X

    By RastafErion on Oct 1, 2011

  4. I saw X in 1995 at The Alligator Lounge in West L.A. for $15. The stage was an eight inch platform and I was three feet from the band as they played. Then in 1998, I saw them open for Pearl Jam at The Forum. Never will forget them!

    By Phil Brickey on Oct 1, 2011

  5. great show! if anyone wants to check it out, there happens to be a nice podcast with john doe as the guest. it’s the adam carolla podcast. funny stuff and JD is in fine form.

    By xander on Oct 1, 2011

  6. Saw X last nite play all of Los Angeles + a bunch of other great stuff in NYC. They are more powerful than ever & sound really tight. Thanks for posting this

    By ds on Oct 1, 2011

  7. ERROR…

    Front cover by:




    By rock rare collection fetish on Oct 1, 2011

  8. Hello rock rare collection fetish

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 1, 2011

  9. hey bigo, this is pretty good. i like the bass. i played it twice.

    halloween is coming up. post a cramps show or rev. horton heat. that’d be good. i haven’t seen the cramps, but they did play here, when i was in high school. i saw the rev. horton heat twice. i met him before he got real big. it was a $5 show at the masquerade in atlanta, ga 9.93. he was cool. we talked for awhile. then i saw him again here in b’ham at 5 points south music hall dec 01. i didn’t meet him then, but i met jimbo wallace, the bassist. he remembered the masquerade show above, and he signed my ticket which i still have.

    stay cats is welcome too. i rare about the brian setzer trio show you offered two years ago.

    the misfits always a nice addition to my collection. i have three of their shows, but i can always use more preferably with glenn danzig singing.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 1, 2011

  10. X are still one of my favorite bands and not to be missed live. I have seen them countless times and actually seeing them tomorrow night in Boston. Thanks for this - I can’t wait to check it out. Go see X - they will not disappoint.

    By jp on Oct 1, 2011

  11. Some dead links. Tracks 4,8, 15. I was at this show!!!

    By Dave on Apr 8, 2015

  12. I was in the audience for this show!

    By mieks on May 31, 2015

  13. What a neat venue-The legendary “My Father’s Place, Roslyn, LI, NY. Saw Larry Coryell there
    - 3 lifetimes ago……

    By harmon on May 20, 2016

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