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L to R: DJ Bonebrake, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom

X was formed in Los Angeles during the burgeoning underground music scene of the late 1970's. Vocalist/bassist John Doe met guitarist Billy Zoom through the Recycler classified advertisements. Exene Cervenka was quickly added as vocalist. In 1977, after the band's first drummer didn't work out, they went down to the Masque on Hollywood Boulevard and saw The Eyes, a band featuring Charlotte Caffey, later of the Go-Gos, and DJ Bonebrake on drums. DJ joined X late that year and the distinctive sound that is X was created: soaring guitar leads and furious rhythms, exhilarating vocals, and the impossibly fast but solid drumming. Coming up in the Los Angeles scene (later labeled by onlookers as 'punk rock') the band digressed from the typical, 2-minute, three chord sound and quickly gained a reputation for their fearlessness and intelligence.

After over two decades, with some personnel changes and catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, the original line up retains its reputation as one of the best live bands ever, touring and performing for generations of fans.

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