The band X which mixed punk, poetry and rockabilly were never radio darlings or MTV moguls, but critics place them on the forefront of the L.A. punk scene in the early 80's that inspired the likes of Green Day and many others.
The four piece band which featured Exene Cervenka on lead vocal, John Doe on bass and vocals, Billy Zoom on guitar and DJ Bonebrake on drums, will make a stop at the Rock Hall this Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 7:00pm for a Q&A Session with Rock Hall staff member Dr. Jason Hanley. Tickets are limited, but free to the public. The session will also be streamed live on rockhall.com
The band came together after three of the band members placed individual ads in a local musician paper looking for fellow band members with similar musical tastes. Cervenka, who was not a singer at the time, joined the band at the request of Doe after he heard one of her poetry readings in a local cafe.
Ray Manzarek of the Doors happened to see the band perform a live show at a small L.A. Club and decided he wanted to produce their next record. He cited the band as being "the next version of the Doors".
Their debut album in 1980 Los Angeles ranks #286 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
"White Girl", one of the band's most popular songs, landed them a spot on American Bandstand.
After their stop at the Rock Hall next week, X will perform a three night stand at the Music Box Supper Club (Sept. 10th-12th) in Cleveland where they are expected to play their first four albums from start to finish.
With the next list of Rock Hall Of Fame nominees to be released possibly as soon as this month, it makes you wonder if X will be among those nominees.