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Besides being an awesome rock 'n' roll band, X was extremely influential to American popular music. They had a major impact on the underground Punk rock movement and also the Roots, folk, and Americana revival scenes. Just as importantly, they were the band that put independent labels on the map (selling 100,000 copies seemingly out of the blue). They stood head and shoulders above the rest of America's Punk bands of the late '70s and quickly came to national prominence with their combination of raw energy, beatnik-style lyrics, intertwining vocal harmonies, and buzzsaw guitar (courtesy of Rockabilly veteran Billy Zoom). That diversity and a never-ending supply of good songs via John Doe and Exene Cervenka were the keys to their success. They never lived up to major label expectations and lost focus after their first three (essential) albums but their entire output has merit. They parted ways in the late '80s but still get back together from time to time to play for a whole new generation of fans.

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  • The Unheard Music

    X

    Year: 1984

    Runtime: 1 hr 24 min

    X: The Unheard Music takes long, detailed, and often funny look at the LA music scene of the late 70s and 80s and focuses on the group that critics had singled out as the leader of the underground pack. The Unheard Music is a documentary that combines live footage of the band and interviews with the four members (as well as their friends and families) with surreal music videos and montages of newsreel footage and vintage television commercials which help to illustrate X's uphill struggle against the music industry. Their story rings true even today.
     
     

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