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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Germ Free Adolescents

I'm still going through a bit of a bis phase after having seen them last week.
I purchased Social Dancing their second studio alum from 1999. It is a 2014 re-release which comes with a bonus disc.
On the bonus disc they do  a decent cover of  the X-Ray Spex song Germ Free Adolescents.
You can see the influence X Ray Spex had on them with similarities in the music  and in the vocal styles of Manda Rin and the late great Poly Styrene.

I thought that I had previously featured the original but it seems not. So here it is together with Identity.
Terrific stuff.

X-Ray Sex - Germ Free Adolescents

X-Ray Spex - Identity


  1. One of the greatest albums ever made. I first heard it on John Peel's BBC World Service radio show when I was living in a dim and distant land. On the day that I moved back to the UK in 1979 I got the tube into central London from Heathrow and went straight into a record shop to buy it.

  2. Fantastic. I loved X-Ray Spex and Poly!

  3. X-Ray Spex weren't afraid to put saxophones on punk singles. I always thought at the time that that was incredibly brave. And, while I'm typing this, 'Grip' by the Stranglers has just come into my head. "But the money's no good..."