Live Video: John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X

photo by Jim Bennett

If you can believe it, 30 years have passed since X released their groundbreaking album named for the scene they helped inspire. Since then, Los Angeles has since become a hallmark in American punk music and is often cited as one of the best albums of any kind of its era, and X has persevered, despite personnel changes, major label highs and lows, and hiatuses that lasted years at a time. Today, the core songwriting duo of John Doe and Exene Cervenka are together again with the original lineup of guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake. To celebrate the album’s three decades of influence, they’ve been touring and performing Los Angeles in its entirety, along with many fan favorites, while screening the docu-pic X: The Unheard Music. On New Years Eve, just before they performed at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, John and Exene stopped by KEXP for the first time ever as “X” to perform four stripped down versions of some of their best songs and chat with host and fan since the early days Marco Collins. Check out the videos here:

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  1. Ruth
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Great interview, AWESOME show! Punk unplugged was fabulous! I STILL loves these guys!

  2. Melissa
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I “discovered” X on New Year’s Eve at the Moore Theater and was blown away. The musicianship, intelligence and feeling in their music touched my soul. They made a new fan (better late than never). Thanks for posting these videos.

  3. Jeremy Brooks
    Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    X is one of my favorite bands. Their music always makes me homesick for Los Angeles. Thanks for making these performances available!

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