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Generation X: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 8 October 1977

ROCK ON Indeed.I've finally figured out, after all this time, why, despite the fact that lots of people whose opinions I respect hate them, I ...

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Generation X's Billy Idol (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages audio, May 1978

The Generation X frontman talks about the evolution and nature of the band, and extemporises about the nature of punk rock and the power of rock'n'roll.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.6mb, interview length: 50' 54" sound quality: ***

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Generation X: Central London College of Art and Design

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 18 December 1976

WITH SIOUXSIE and the Banshees not playing because "they couldn't get it together" and the remaining support act, Eater, being a band that I wouldn't ...

Other Punk Bands

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion, 1977

"I want more bands like us. I want people to go out and start something, to see us and start something, or else I'm just ...

Generation X: The Band of the Book

Profile and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 29 January 1977

IT BEGAN with a street whisper. ...

Just Dropped Intuh Tha Fun House: Impressions Of The Roxy

Report by Jane Suck, Sounds, 12 February 1977

I CAME to see Generation X and to look for prospective musicians as I had been assured that the floor was knee deep in 'em ...

Generation X: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 16 April 1977

THE QUEUE outside looked promising. Over two months since Gen-X had played a London date (barring the infamous Noreik fiasco). As soon as you forced ...

John Cale, Generation X, The Boys: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 23 April 1977

WILD WELSH ROCK: Lush valleys and terrifying peaks ...

Generation X: We're Not Into The Mindless Drone

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1977

GENERATION X are half way through their soundcheck, and there's a "what shall we play next?" lull in the proceedings. ...

Generation X Put The Boot In

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, 16 July 1977

GENERATION X. In the 60's: a book wherein 'youth speaks about itself'. In the 70's: a 'new wave' band which does the same, on the ...

Generation X/The Lurkers: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 30 July 1977

YOU KNOW THAT immense sense of relief that hits you when you get through the one album in every twenty or so that you might ...

This Canadian Geyser Come to London and Saw Generation X

Report by Jeremy Gluck, Sniffin' Glue, August 1977

"YOUTH, YOUTH, YOUTH". I heard that chorus on a tape just once and spent the whole week mentally playing it over and over. Then I ...

Bowie and Bolan Get It On

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1977

"OH THAT'S REALLY Polaroid! You've gotta keep the ending!" David Bowie rocked with laughter and Marc Bolan wiped away the tears that had threatened to ...

The Clash, Generation X: Only in ZigZag! The New Clash Single!

Review by Robin Banks, ZigZag, September 1977

THE CLASH: 'Complete Control'/'The City of the Dead' (CBS) ...

Generation X, The Saints, The Lurkers, The Valves: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, 10 December 1977

Gen Xcellent ...

Generation X: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 10 December 1977

THE FIRST TIME I encountered Generation X (or at least their lead singer/figurehead Billy Idol) it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. ...

Generation X Game

Interview by Robin Katz, Daily Star, 27 February 1978

"MY AGE group is relearning rock 'n' roll, trying to find the essence of it. We're struggling to learn." ...

Generation X: X Cert For A Teenage Opera

Report and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1978

GENERATION X ARE pissed. Legless. Tony James is sprawled in a dressing room armchair, cradling his bass with a glazed-silly grin spread across the face ...

Generation X: Generation X

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 1 April 1978

ON PAPER Generation X have their credentials for being The Now Sensation all present and correct. They've had them for a long time too. ...

Generation X: Generation Rock & Roll Soul

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 8 April 1978

MIDNIGHT IN THE basement console room at Advision Studios, London W1. As Generation X bassist Tony James avidly demands of producer Martin Rushent that he ...

Generation X: 'You Can't Help Selling Out'

Report and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Sounds, 22 April 1978

"MY FRIEND was bawling her eyes out. She asked Billy to kiss her and he did. She just about fainted!" ...

Generation X: Generation X

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, June 1978

FROM THE VERY start of their recording career, it was obvious that Generation X had some rather unparochial ideas about their role as a punk ...

Idol With The Golden Head: Generation X's Billy Idol

Interview by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, July 1978

RG: What did you do last night? BI: Oh, I went to some disco thing. ...

Generation X Idolizes Rock & Roll

Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 13 July 1978

LONDON — ANYONE WHO calls Elton John a "bald cunt" is risking the wrath of the rock & roll mainstream, but Billy Idol of Generation ...

Generation X: Idol of the Generation

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, 15 July 1978

A Jackie Pop Special On Generation X ...

Why Generation X Are The Best Group In The World

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, The Pig Paper, August 1978

KEEP THE Sex Pistols (someone is going to have to now), keep The Clash and someone take The Stranglers, please. I've got a group on ...

Generation X: Generation X (Chrysalis)

Review by Stephen Demorest, Rock Scene, October 1978

ALL THE girls love blond Billy Idol (he pouts like Brando), and Generation X seem to have the right attitude. "No Session Musicians" it says ...

Generation X: All The Young Dudes

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 January 1979

GLEAN WHAT you will from the shapes of things that came to pass during 1978, but one commodity that was rejected with an almighty vengeance ...

Generation X: Valley Of The Dolls (Chrysalis CHR 1193)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, 3 February 1979

Style into junk ...

Just A Pretty Buncha Posers? Or is there more to Generation X?

Profile by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 22 February 1979

MOST BANDS would waste no time in setting the dogs on you if you dared call them posers. Generation X, on the other hand, have ...

Generation X: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 3 March 1979

MEDALS FOR bravery should be struck for Billy Idol and his mates in Generation X. Would you, dear reader, like to stand on a stage, ...

Generation X: Valley Of The Dolls (Chrysalis)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 29 April 1979

MOST NEW-WAVE bands decry the jet-set life styles of established rock stars, but it's a safe bet to assume many were attracted to rock by ...

Generation X: Valley of the Dolls (Chrysalis CHR 1193)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, May 1979

THIS, GEN X's second outing, is not very good compared to their first, but it does serve a useful function by pointing out two phenomena ...

Gen X: Kiss Me Deadly (Chrysalis CHR 1327) ****

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, 17 January 1981

A young girl's fancy ...

Billy Idol: I was the clean punk

Interview by Graham K. Smith, Record Mirror, 6 July 1985

So pleads Billy Idol, latest bad boy of yank rock. Graham K. Smith listens to the curled lip and reckons the man is sincere ...

Punk: Rogues Gallery

Overview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1986


Punk Venues: London Calling

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, July 1995

Summer, 1976. Punk, live punk, is about to explode in the capital. Tap rooms, Poly bars and sweaty clubs will host its unwashed greats. Johnny Black looks ...

see also Chelsea

see also Billy Idol

see also Sigue Sigue Sputnik

see also Carbon/Silicon


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