King Rocker Rock Rock Rock!Posted: March 21, 2011
I loved generation x there ive said it, not keen on billy idol or his solo work but Generation x were a fantastic band,they had the look and even tho it was a bit more pop with attitude than punk like the pistols or clash they had the tunes too!
They were the first band to play the Roxy club in 1976!
first single your generation was a classic single.
followed by a string of classic singles
ready steady go
valley of the dolls
dancing with myself
The first album is yet another classic debut album everyone should have it don’t be put off by billy!
Kiss me deadly is a stand out track on the album.
The 2nd album produced by Mott the Hoople leader Ian hunter was released to cries that they had sold out but I loved it,it was around this time that i saw the band at Bradford uni, fantastic live i really loved them.
but poor sales brought along musical differences and soon only billy idol and tony james were left, they brought in ex clash drummer tory crimes(terry chimes) and james Stevenson on guitar changed their name to Gen x and released an album called Kiss me deadly, which to me is another fantastic album!
It was around this time I caught the band live again but this time in a pub in Bradford in front of maybe 20 people! Billy did not look happy at all,everyone thought that’s that for them but billy went to la became a cartoon punk and had loads of hits! Met tony james a lot of times as he now plays guitar in the band he formed with Mick jones, a lovely guy, we used to serenade him with the chorus of king rocker when we went to see carbon silicon!
If you’ve not heard the albums check them out!
Generation X another great band from the past.