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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000HZL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Day The World Turned Dayglo
2. Obsessed WithYou
3. Genetic Engineering
4. Identity
5. I Live Off You
6. Germfree Adolescents
7. Art-I-Ficial
8. Let's Submerge
9. Warrior In Woolworths
10. I Am A Poseur
11. I Can't Do Anything
12. Highly Inflammable
13. Age
14. Plastic Bag
15. I Am A Cliche
16. Oh Bondage Up Yours!

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Carving out a niche in the heady early days of the British punk-rock scene wasn't easy. X-Ray Spex prevailed by creating one hell of a ruckus with guitar and sax providing the wall of noise and by focusing attention on irrepressible bandleader and vocalist Poly Styrene. Her songs dealt with teenage boredom and the absurdities of life in the modern world. Alas, Germ Free Adolescents is the only document this wildly unique and entertaining band left us to remember them by. But what a document it is. Included here are such minor classics as "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" and "Warrior in Woolworths". --Mike Corrigan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
You reach a certain age, you've done a few things in your life, you're relatively 'comfortable'...then you get the urge to 'go back' and discover what all the fuss was about, re-acquaint yourself with the sounds that informed your youth - the ones you didn't keep in touch with - and see at the same time if your memory's not seriously out of kilter. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't...

'GERM FREE ADOLESCENTS' by X-Ray Spex always shone out for 'Identity' and 'Oh! Bondage Up Yours!', but I remember being pretty indifferent to the remaining tracks on their one and only album. Wrong. Taken as a whole, it's a superb thing of its time. Poly Styrene (c/w a don't-give-a-toss-what-you-think punk moniker, ah bless) may have sung with a voice designed to curdle milk but there's no escaping the pure energy of her performance, including some marvellous Johnny rrrRotten-like vocal phrasing. The fact that she also wrote every song on the album is an amazing revelation, especially when you consider how thin on the ground female contemporaries were at such a musically explosive point in history. Of course there were exceptions, but not to this degree. The girl was a bona-fide all round frontman and no mistake.

Aided by some decent guitar, bass, drums and limited keyboard, songs such as 'Art-I-Ficial', I Am A Cliche', 'The Day The World Turned DayGlo', 'Plastic Bag' and 'Genetic Engineering' kick, scream and squeak their way into the consciousness, if anything sounding more fresh today than they did back then. It's a bit of an irony, therefore, that bandmember Laura Logic's sax - in beefing up the basic punk rock sound - manages occasionally to recall the ghost of (deep breath) GLAM rock.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By critias@critias.screaming.net on 19 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. Xray Spex are punk, but they are also a little bit more. The opening track, 'The Day the World Turned Dayglo', is not only the best punk track ever made but is also, in my opinion, one of the best tracks ever. The dark, killer riff is perfectly complemented by Poly Styrene's howling vocals, and the whole thing throbs and writhes. The final track, 'Oh Bondage Up Yours!' is another masterpiece in which the lyrics are shouted out in wild abandon which perfectly fits the music and the words. In between the first and last tracks there are other great numbers, including 'Obsessed with You', 'Genetic Engineering', 'Identity', 'Art-I-ficial', 'Let's Submerge', 'I am a Poseur', and 'I am a Cliche'. There is also, admittedly, some sub-standard tosh on the album, but given the large number of really great tracks, that hardly matters. The music is 22 years old (or thereabouts), but to my mind it is still fresh and has not dated. The reason, I think, is that while it it definitely punk, it is also something more. This bears the stamp of punk, but musically is superior to it. A great album!
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Over 30 years have past since I bought the original on vinyl. It is as good now as it ever was and shows up the weakness and lack of imagination of pop music over this time. Additional tracks are a bonus but reordering the running order from the original is a bit annoying. Very sad that "Polly" died earlier this month but great to hear the "Spex" getting a bit of much deserved airtime.
One of the best albums of all time. Just put preconceived musical standards and pop formats to one side and enjoy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ric.shorty@virginnet.co.uk on 13 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
I lived through this era, and was an X-ray Spex devotee. Polly Styrene's lead vocals still stop me in my tracks to listen. This album is great as it includes to best singles Highly Inflammable and Oh Bondage! up yours. These tracks did not feature on the vinyl recording. I'm a proud owner of most X-Ray Spex singles and the Album, and I must say it sounds better on vinyl, softer and deeper - but that this band has reached CD is testament to their success. VERDICT - if your into heavy new wave/punk BUY IT !
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One official album but one that is full to bursting with perfect punky pop from the late 70s and this is played weekly in my house as for me Poly Styrene was a genius..
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