Posted in music | pictures on May 30, 2009

photos & review by Jacob Blickenstaff w/ contributions by T-Bone Caruthers

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LA Punk legends X, with the full original lineup, played their first of 3 nights at the Bowery Ballroom doing a 'greatest jukebox hits' TRL presentation of fan-voted favorites. X was and still is a great band who did something with punk that was well beyond the genre's narrow parameters. They combined rock-a-billy mutant guitar riffs, vocal hamonies, deceptively simple structures and poetic lyrics into a fully integrated and unique sound.

I knew this show would be interesting as 18 year-old punk-nouveaus and 50-something survivors filed into the venue side by side. A trio of youngins did something to draw the ire of the head bouncer who then served up some military justice demanding "Drop and give me 40" before allowing entry. "This sucks!" one of 'em griped before submitting to Drill Sergeant, who then made them jog through the line into the club- "Hustle! Hustle!"

Steve Soto (of Agent Orange and The Adolescents) and the Twisted Hearts opened the show with an energetic but generic set of country punk.

A gaggle of teens gathered behind this tired and wary photographer, one of them was heard to remark, "OMG there is a girl here with braces! ... maybe they are adult braces." Some highly devout fans were spotted with home-made X t-shirts, handfulls of ticket stubs from other shows and obsessively cribbed set lists. T-Bone watched from the back with photographer Terry Richardson.

X played songs that ranked high on their listener poll.

They opened with "Some Other Time" following up with "Los Angeles" (#2 Ranked). John Doe joked that the crowd had voted for nothing but slow ballads before kicking in to "Hot House". Other X gems included "The Have Nots" (a drinking song), "Nausea" (framed as 'the morning after song'), "We're Desperate", "Soul Kitchen" and "Breathless" (the Jerry Lee Lewis classic from the soundtrack of the 1983 Richard Gere film of the same name).

Billy Zoom occupied his own little world, with trademark frozen smile, winking eyes and ken-doll rockabilly looks. Exene just looked pissed and disapproving of the whole spectacle (as usual) pressing her hand to her ear to hear the harmonies. John Doe and DJ Bonebreak pushed the show on with sweaty, pounding energy.

A fervent mosh pit of both the young and not-young-anymore slammed into a steadfastly stationary wall of an equally mixed demographic. I was caught in the middle, being knocked into a very pissed 50- something who wasn't familiar with Newton's laws of physics and blamed it all on me. Later her equally grumpy lady-friend elbowed one of the dancers in the face. A punk kid with about 30 piercing in his ears and an X tattoo on his hand meticulously scribbled down the set list and took pics with a point-and-shoot.

X did three encores that included "White Girl", "The Worlds A Mess", "Blue Spark", and "Your Phone's Off The Hook". John and Exene did "I must not think bad thoughts" as a duo with acoustic guitar. It was a great show.

An attempt at the complete setlist can be found in the comments of a previous post. X can be found again at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday night. More pictures from Friday are below...

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Comments (42)

WHAT A GREAT SHOW! Haha It woulda been pretty funny to see those kids doing push ups on Delancy street but I was standing in back with my friends the whole night next to Moby. random!

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 6:47 PM

Why would anyone request "Los Angeles"? They play that song at every show. I can't believe they didn't play "Unheard Music".

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 6:48 PM

some songs were meant to be heard at every show

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 6:58 PM

What is going on with review commentary on this site lately. The stupidity started earlier today with Drewo's review but this takes the cake

Let me ask how these supposed kids were 18 when it was a 21+ show? Or did the reviewer happen to check their id's and determine that they were fake?

From the rest of the review and the comments earlier you wuold think these people have no idea X(the full original lineup) has played many shows recently before this run. Did you guys just happen to finally catch them?

And Burning House of Love has been played a number of times in the last 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 6:58 PM

"Let me ask how these supposed kids were 18 when it was a 21+ show? "

The show was 18+.
http://boweryballroom.com/event/2730

You were saying?

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:05 PM

"

"Let me ask how these supposed kids were 18 when it was a 21+ show? "

The show was 18+.
http://boweryballroom.com/event/2730

You were saying?"

Oh fine, Friday's show was 18+ while tonite and tomorrow are 21+. The reviewer was still only guessing those 3 guys were 18. Still does not change the stupidity of that review.

You were saying?

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:10 PM

"some songs were meant to be heard at every show"

Yes, but why bother requesting it if it is going to be played anyways? Wasted "vote". I requested more obscure tracks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:10 PM

looks like the problem is people not doing their homework before making pointless complaints. *cough* 6:58

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:13 PM

"The reviewer was still only guessing those 3 guys were 18."

learn to read, and get a life.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:20 PM

6:58 here and yes I was wrong on one thing i said but the writer still had no idea if these kids were 18. Everything else i stated was right on the money. So ummm "cough" go fuck yourself "cough"

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:20 PM

6:58

there was no claim that this was their first show, only the first of 3 this weekend.

there was no claim that the kids were 18, only 'youngins' and yes, they were young.

The only factual error was about 'Burning Down..,'

relax fer chissakes

we all look forward to your review at analretentivedouche.com

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:30 PM

6:58 here again

Yeah yeah i read it all wrong about the whole 18 thing. I should not drink while reading. I admit the error. I still think the reviews and comments are coming from people who just realized X is still around playing but whatever.

Review at Analretentivedouche.com will be forthcoming after the show tomorrow night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:39 PM

what time did they go on?!

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:53 PM

close to 11PM

opener started about 9:30

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 7:57 PM

6:58

fair enough

I'm sure analretentivedouche.com will be much better than anything on hipsterrunoff, enjoy the show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 8:02 PM

kill yourselves---- really

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 10:27 PM

MEHX

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 10:42 PM

Who is John Doe hugging with his giant hand in that poster? It sure as hell doesn't look anything like Exene.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 11:26 PM

Amen to the Gretsch, motherfuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 1:00 AM

Doe says in the video, "we haven't done this one in 20 years" - maybe not the truth, who gives a f*ck really...

Posted by Jacob | May 31, 2009 1:53 AM

10:27 you beat me to it! MEHX

Posted by AnonyMEHous | May 31, 2009 2:05 AM

"Doe says in the video, "we haven't done this one in 20 years" - maybe not the truth, who gives a f*ck really...

Posted by Jacob | May 31, 2009 1:53 AM"

Jacob, he is what the British would say "taking the piss" on that one. He was joking. Not a maybe. An X fan who has seen them repeatedly over the last few years could easily tell you that. But anyway..

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 2:24 AM

Mark my words, there will come a day when WAVVES will be playing 3 (or more) sold out nights to a crowd of 40 and aboves. When people say, "WAVVES." I think, "Timeless, classics." By the way, who the hell is X? They look old. I'm Young. Brian Young.

Posted by Brian Young | May 31, 2009 10:29 AM

^Not funny "Brian Young."

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 10:51 AM

^not funny "Anon 10:51 AM"

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 10:52 AM

By the way, who the hell is X?

Posted by Brian Young | May 31, 2009 10:29 AM

Then do your homework dude. If you in any way enjoy or claim American punk...hell, even American rock for that matter, as an influence in your life and have no knowledge of X, then shame on you. And certainly don't wear that ignorance as a badge of courage.

Posted by blackhat | May 31, 2009 11:41 AM

WAVVES is punk. X is oldies. That's all I need to know.

Posted by Brian Young | May 31, 2009 11:47 AM

blackhat, have you met sarcasm before?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 11:48 AM

For the record, I have never met Blackhat before.

And I'll go on record saying that WAVVES will be remembered a lot longer than these ass clowns X.

X. Really? What's the matter, couldn't afford a full name?

WAVVES can afford two "V"s!

Posted by Sarcasm | May 31, 2009 11:54 AM

did somebody just compare wavves to x? wow, scary!

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 1:18 PM

idiots. X rules.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 1:31 PM

fuck X

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 1:32 PM

^Finally! A great debater!

The thing of love about this comment section . . . it's the brain trust of our times!

This is a great age to be alive!

Posted by WAVVES Good-bye | May 31, 2009 1:36 PM

can't you people tell by now, these ANONYMOUS postings are just here to stir up shit?
Anyone in their right mind who says X sucks needs to be evaluated mentally

Posted by Jim | May 31, 2009 3:21 PM

^^As if signing your comment with "Jim" makes you less anonymous.

Posted by Daft Punk | May 31, 2009 4:16 PM

I believe they are referred to as "trolls". it is best to just ignore. If you respond, it only encourages them since the goal of a "troll" is to get a response.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 5:20 PM

great show, great pictures

meh-trolls

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2009 9:22 PM

Um, to the original douche - yes they have played Burning house of love in the last 20 years, but not in 20 years with the original lineup.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2009 2:36 AM

Anyone have setlist, or at least songs that were different from the Friday shwo from the next two nights? wish I could have gone back for another show!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2009 2:38 AM

"Um, to the original douche - yes they have played Burning house of love in the last 20 years, but not in 20 years with the original lineup.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2009 2:36 AM"

2:36am you could not be more wrong.I know cause i have seen the original lineup play it in the last 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2009 3:13 AM

I can report that there are some disturbingly obsessive x fans out there, for me it made the show less enjoyable, I'm sure the band couldn't give a shit about them either.

They are a great band that deserve attention and critical praise, but they are just a band making music, not the second coming.


Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2009 11:55 AM

They are a great band that deserve attention and critical praise, but they are just a band making music, not the second coming

Posted by Jimmy Choo Handbags | October 16, 2009 2:59 AM

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