generation x's self-titled debut is by far their best and most punky album. forget buying boxsets, compilations, and 'best-of's, this is the only gen x album you'll ever need. for fans of the band's later, poppier, 80s work and billy idol's solo career, this album probably isn't for you. even tho' this is lightweight stuff compared to the pistols, et al, it's still punk.
although their songs were very rarely about much at all and billy idol's gorgeous (sorry!) sneer was a straight ripoff of elvis, these guys more than made up for it with the contents of their debut.
the cd holds 11 original album tracks and 5 great bonus tracks.
'generation x' is an album of fun, catchy, high-energy, punk-pop tunes. there are no standouts here- they're all brilliant. billy's attitude-filled, snarling vocals, trademark sneer and peroxide good looks are especially dominant. bob andrews' wailing guitar licks are absolutely outstanding throughout and, OH, the solo that finishes 'youth youth youth'!
the drumming by mark laff thunders along nicely, really propelling the album.
this is a fantastic page in the punk encyclopaedia and anyone who appreciates punk should warm to this rapidly.
a bona-fide 5 star album. well done lads!