Wednesday, March 30, 2011

X: More Fun with David Letterman

Somewhere in Rock Turtleneck’s humidity-controlled archives lies a VHS tape with this dynamite 1984 performance by X on Late Night with David Letterman, promoting their then-new fourth LP More Fun in the New World.

X was one of my favorite bands at the time, and their boozy mix of L.A. literary decadence and Sun Records rockabilly has held up remarkably well. Not for nothin’ that, in addition to their great new song “Hot House,” the band plays a rollicking cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Breathless.”

In addition to fine music, X also had great stage presence: husband and wife John Doe and Exene Cervenka (since divorced) have the requisite sexual chemistry, DJ Bonebrake lays down an authoritative beat and smirking guitar wizard Billy Zoom has a wider stance than Sen. Larry Craig.

I had the good fortune to meet the band in 1991 or so when they played a reunion show in the post-punk crucible of Norwalk, CT. They were very friendly and Exene in particular was gracious and polite. X is still on the road, headin' for another joint, both in band and various side solo incarnations.

More Fun in the New World was remastered and reissued by Rhino along with the rest of the X catalog in the early 2000s, but for some unknown reason More Fun is now completely out of print. The rest of their records, including my favorite, Under the Big Black Sun, are readily available and well worth your time.

Buy X on iTunes here.

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