|Bloody awful picture, anyone have better ?|
In the early and mid-80's this label was given to a raft of bands that weren't strictly 60's Garage revivalists, they weren't Psychobilly and they most certainly weren't purist Rockabilly BUT a lot of the sensibilities and influences all came together creating not only the unique visual spectacle of be-quiffed, rockabilly styled guys belting out 60's garage classics to crowds of shirtless psychos and turtle necked mop tops but the use of the Double Bass to drive scorchers originally done by the likes of the Electric Prunes (The Vibes, Clapham South Escalators) Love, The Modds (X-Men), Emporers (Sting Rays) and a plethora of others.
Dig up a copy of 'I Was A Teenage Cavemen' and you'll have a set list of some of the originals that these guys plundered and gave their various treatments to. (More on this subject later).
|Reads like a set list at a Vibes gig !|
Over the five years or so that The X-men were active the line up was expanded to include a couple of female backing singers, the girls joined the band (probably) sometime in 82 one of which, Debbie Green (Yes, she of Headcoatees fame) would occupy the drummers stool at times, Sue Feighery being the other addition, both of whom are given dual vocal and percussion credits. Miles left the band following them recording a session for John Peel (4th Sept 1984), produced by Mark Radcliffe, they recorded 4 tracks 'The Witch' (The Sonics), Little Girl (Syndicate of Sound), Extremental (X-Men) and another self penned ditty 'Count Von Black', none of which have seen an official release (although they're on youtube) Someone might like to let me know if it was the Peel Session version of 'Little Girl' which appeared on Meltdown on Media Burn ? Miles was replaced by Tom Cullinan (and Debbie Green took the sticks) following their signing to Creation Records and after their first release (Cre 006) in 1984, the fabulous 'Do The Ghost' backed with 'Talk' (Miles also did the artwork for this single).
|First single for Creation Recs 1984, also comes in Blue & Orange sleeve.|
|2nd and last single from The X-Men, 1985.|
|For Pussy Lovers Everywhere.|
|Click Me !!!|
Playing as The X-Men for the first time since 1986 !!!