Identity Is The Crisis

As an antidote to the previous post I’ve just played X-Ray Spex at serious volume in the car. I was never into them back in the day, I couldn’t handle Poly Styrene’s vocal (in my defence it is an acquired taste, after listening to this album for any length of time I always get a psychosomatic sore throat) or the fact that they had a saxophone player, this was meant to be punk after all!

In fact this is a damn good album that has passed the test of time with flying colours. This is music to be enjoyed loud and by jumping around, this isn’t noodling about like the music in my previous post. This is a group voicing their fears of the modern world and what the future holds in the only way they know how – loud and with rhythm. This is an album that I agree with being in “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”.

The standout track for me is “Identity” (closely followed by “I Am a Poseur”) always played loud in the car with me singing along – this is where I get a true sore throat………..

X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents (1978) – CD (1991 Issue)

  • The Day the World Turned Day-Glo
  • Obsessed with You
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Identity
  • I Live Off You
  • Germ Free Adolescence
  • Art-I-Ficial
  • Let’s Submerge
  • Warrior in Woolworths
  • I Am a Poseur
  • I Can’t Do Anything
  • Highly Inflammable
  • Age
  • Plastic Bag
  • I Am a Cliché
  • Oh Bondage Up Yours!

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 23, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 16, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 533, Time: 39h 41m 11s