Album Details

September 20, 1988
Pop/Rock, Punk, Hardcore Punk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, American Punk, L.A. Punk, American Underground

Album Review

Since X's first two classic releases -- 1980's Los Angeles and 1981's Wild Gift -- were relatively short albums, and since they were also released independently, both were combined as a CD reissue in 1988. Los Angeles/Wild Gift presents 22 tracks of indispensable X. Recorded just as the L.A. punk scene was gaining worldwide attention, you can hear the excitement in the band's inspired playing and fine songwriting. Numerous highlights are included, such as "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," "Nausea," "Los Angeles," "We're Desperate," "White Girl," and "Beyond and Back." While the quartet's sound would expand even further on such future releases as Under the Big Black Sun and Ain't Love Grand! (touching upon hard rock, to be exact), Los Angeles/Wild Gift contains X's most straightforward compositions. It is an essential purchase for fans of punk, and for admirers of fine rock & roll in general.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Your Phone's off the Hook, But You're Not
  2. Johny Hit and Run Pauline
  3. Soul Kitchen
  4. Nausea
  5. Sugarlight
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Sex and Dying in High Society
  8. The Unheard Music
  9. The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss
  10. The Once Over Twice
  11. We're Desperate
  12. Adult Books
  13. Universal Corner
  14. I'm Coming Over
  15. It's Who You Know
  16. In This House That I Call Home
  17. Some Other Time
  18. White Girl
  19. Beyond and Back
  20. Back 2 the Base
  21. When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch
  22. Year 1