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X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents [expanded]Germ Free Adolescents [expanded] (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 4
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X-Ray Spex were definitely one of the best early UK punk bands. Germ Free Adolescents has recently been reissued with bonus tracks, including single tracks and two Peel sessions. Usually the bonus tracks on a CD are not as good as the actual album, but in this case, that’s not true. X-Ray Spex’s singles, many of which were re-recorded for the album, are just as good as the album tracks. This is especially true of the standout “Oh! Bondage Up Yours!,” the most famous X-Ray song. It’s a speedy punk anthem with screechy vocals from one of the best female vocalists I’ve heard, Poly Styrene, and a catchy sax line.
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