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Germfree Adolescents

X-Ray Spex

1978

Germfree Adolescents

Album Summary

Germfree Adolescents is the debut album of English punk rock band X-Ray Spex. It contained the UK hit singles "The Day the World Turned Dayglo" (No. 23 in April 1978), "Identity" (No. 24 in July 1978) and "Germ Free Adolescents" which reached No. 18 in November 1978. Upon release, the critics noted it wasn't all new material: five songs on the twelve tracks had already been released on A Sides and B sides of singles.

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Rating

2.96

Votes

4738

Genres

  • Punk
  • Rock
  • New Wave
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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Absolutely fresh as fuck punk. Love it. Can't believe I haven't heard of these guys before!

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

Wow! What a kickass album. I love the vocalist and the shitty saxophone. Girl punks > Boy punks

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Hidden gem! I've never heard of this group before but this album speaks directly to my musical sensibilities and tastes. It's remarkable how much Poly Styrene's vocals remind me of Kathleen Hanna. I'm digging this so much. Plus, fuck yeah, saxophone!! I am instantly in love with this record and Poly Styrene. She is a punk goddess and badass feminist icon. Oh bondage up yours indeed!

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

incredibly consistent woman-fronted punk album with some early new wave stylings (and a radass saxophone!)

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Proto-riot-grrrl English punks, with clear influences from the Sex Pistols and clear influences on 80's ska-punk bands. Catchy, with some inconsistent guitar effects choices.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Simply, one of my favourite albums of any genre. Crackles with energy and possesses a spring and a bounce that is all too rare. Poly Styrene was an electric frontwoman. The saxophone should have featured more in punk. I'd give this six stars if I could

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

FASCINANTE. Me encantó y no la vi venir. Punk bien punk de pendejos y mujeres que se cansaron del estereotipo de mujercita correcta. La verdad muy muy bueno. Se extiende un poco mas de lo que quisiera, pero no se hace imposible de terminar. Aparentemente es el unico que sacaron, asi que don't know. Me gusta mucho la voz que mezcla Patty Smith con Karen O, es imposible hacer la comparación. Las letras son super juveniles y bordean lo burlesco, para la epoca no era tan normal, pero resalta un monton. Faveadisimo. -El primer tema TIENE que haber sido la inspiracion de Edgar Wright para el opening de Scott Pilgrim.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Not on Spotify but found it on YouTube. Doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. Great female fronted punk with a freaking saxophone! So many good melodies - I’m going 5 stars!!

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

super fun slop rock

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Kick ass! Straight raw punk, definitely not for everyone, but this is exactly what it's supposed to sounds like, no over production, no radio hits, no shits given and plenty of sax!

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Surprised that I enjoyed as much as I did. The saxophone was SICK. This record basically begged me to have a good time, and although I'd typically roll my eyes, I couldn't resist.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

This sounds like something that could've come out last week: hooks and annoyance. That sax! Angry and fun, this was a real surprise. Given that they only released a few singles and one album, seems they didn't fuck about. (I wonder how much of the difficulty in finding this album (it's not complete or available on Spotify or Apple Music locally) is because of Polly Styrene's 2009 beef with Google over royalties?)

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Had to go to find a playlist on YouTube for this one.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

So much energy! This record speeds by quickly and it's such a shame the band only released one album during their heyday. Every song reminds me of other songs that came later, which shows how important and influential this record was when it was released. An Essential listen for fans of female-fronted bands of all genres!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

I was really excited to get this album, since I became acquainted with the band through their song "Oh Bondage, Up Yours" earlier this year and really liked it. This whole album is filled with a similar energy and approach to that song. There is something weirdly fun about the combination of punk and saxophones. It's really too bad that this band doesn't get more recognition as a pioneer. The title track stands out a lot as being a sort of proto-post-punk song (whatever that means) 4/5

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Get's straight to the point. A brilliant and varied selection of little punk gems. Came close to full marks but I still find a couple of tracks difficult to connect with. Germ Free Adolescents is a stone cold classic.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

What an album...one great tune after another and refreshingly different from anything else at the time. My vinyl copy is an early British pressing and doesn't even include their most famous song Oh Bondage Up Yours, but amazingly Germ Free Adolescents does not suffer for its absence. 4.5 🌟

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Ah, Poly Styrene (RIP) and the gang! Great punk album this, Poly was and still is a feminist Icon, she took the bull by the horns and lead that group of Punk women who changed the face of Rock & Roll in the late 70's. I have this original vinyl in my collection, but first heard the band on the "Live At The Roxy" album where they did "Oh Bondage! Up Yours" a classic of the oeuvre! Highlights for me are "Warrior In Woolworths" (I can't believe there is a whole generation that have no understanding of what Woolworths meant to working class families!)

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

It's a great album. Poly Styrene is a great vocalist with a unique style, and the album is mostly thrashy fun. Warrior in Woolworths is such a great song. Even saxophone breaks can't ruin this record for me! A lot of good stuff, but then at the end, Germ Free Adolescent is a beautiful moment of vulnerability. That's a rare trait in punk, and it really works. Beautiful. Finally, I'm listening to the reissue, because to deny myself Oh Bondage Up Yours would be a sin.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Never heard of them before. Wish I had. What a solid band from front to back. Love the horns as well, almost brings an element of ska to the punk. And with a name of Poly Styrene as the lead singer... this is awesome!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Somewhere between ska, new wave, and the Dead Kennedys. Poly Styrene's vocals take some getting used to, but I eventually got it. The saxophone, however, is a novelty that wears off. Announcing the song title at the beginning of the song does as well. Favorite tracks: "Identity", "Plastic Bag"

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

When this first came on my first thought is that it would be getting 5 stars. I love most punk stuff and the addition of the saxophone was really cool but pretty much every song on this album sounds exactly the same. I need just a little bit more variety to keep me interested for the length of the whole album.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

If Blondie got together with the Sex Pistols this would be their lovechild. Kudos for their audacity and energy. Poly Styrene is a great front-woman and the cheap sounding sax is a refreshing change.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

You gotta like the energy and relentless screaming. The singer sounds like a female version of Johnny Rotten. The saxophone, though a bit squeaky at times, gives them a bit of a Bowie/glammish feel underneath the punk ranting. It definitely sets their sound apart from their contemporaries. The opening track is a classic and the next five or six really rock. They took their foot off the gas for the title track, which was disappointing.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

The band and the music were new for me. This was an interesting recommendation, with a mix of punk and new wave to the music. It felt like the music could fit in on a playlist with the Talking Heads, the B-52's, and the Pixies, while not being far away from the sounds of more well known punk bands like the Sex Pistols. A punk-ish sound that included saxophone was unexpected. The album was okay, but my individual track ratings started to dip as the album went on. I didn't hear enough variety with my first listen.

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Sun May 23 2021
2

I get that it’s a style, maybe if an important album to that style but it’s not even slightly enjoyable. The UK-ness of this book is showing.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

This was great!!! It's so raw and real. I'm devastated for not know this band before. A great album that deserves much more attention. The songs are cool and different during the whole album, this "punk" sax thing is kind of a special thing and the vocalist is a very good example of the best punk singer. I don't have any complaints. Just a great album.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

yup

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Sheer brilliance. Pure punk with a charismatic vocalist.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

I can here where the B-52’s got a lot of inspiration from.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Quite simply one of the greatest albums of the punk era.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

Not on Tidal. Not on Spotty-fry. Not on Hamazon Music. YouTube? Yeah, that's got it. And I'm glad I looked for it, because it's a solid album.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

A classic. Thoughtful, early punk. When so many bands were busy being "weird" or "edgy" for edginess sake, they were the real deal. This album has held up very well throughout the years. Can hear who they've influenced over the years, from Bikini Kill to Rocket From the Crypt. I really need to revisit this one more often.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Just incredible

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Épico, poderoso, à frente do seu tempo. Riot grrrl at its finest.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Oddly overlooked first wave of punk stone cold classic.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Touching on themes like capitalism, consumerism, scientific progress, advertising, young people, feminism, aging, fame, identity, and more. The critiques on this album are as sharp and relevant today as they were in 1978. All of that is tied together in a nice little punk/new-wave packaged with wicked saxophone accompaniments. The music has a kitschy theatrical feel to it that drives the message home even further. I honestly couldn't ask for anything more. I am reminded of The Peptides when listening to this. I had never heard of this band or album before, but this is a real gem, really glad to have found it. NOTE: Youtube Music does not have the tracks arranged in the proper release order :( Fav Tracks: Honestly ever track here is great. But if I have to choose: Plastic Bag, I Can't Do Anything, Identity

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Inicios del punk-rock. Vinilo.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

Absolutely loved all of it. I've never heard of this band and this album is now one of my favorites. When it ended, I even listened to all the bonus tracks and then wanted to listen to their entire discography back to back... turns out they only made two albums.. and this is their only one on Spotify. That's the first time I've ever done that from what I remember. Whoever's that saxophonist, I hope he's alive and healthy. What a legend.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Really enjoyed this one, energetic & driving guitars with sax blended in throughout. Unexpectedly amazing

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

I love this album. This was one of my favorite albums growing up and remains a favorite today. I’m sure that the combination of sax, nearly operatic screaming, and the punk aesthetic may seem odd at first listen, but part of the point of making a project of this album generator (and the point of listening to new music in general!) is to learn about the multitude of ways music speaks to a multitude of people. The seeming clash of sounds on Germ-Free Adolescents is purposeful. The sax may represent the traditional oldheads in British society, as it often is involved with a sort of mocking call and response to Poly Styrene’s vocals. This album’s primary theme is anti-consumerism — the clash of musical sounds lead to something that is, on its surface, not at all commercialized. It’s new, it’s odd, it’s art, and, yes, it’s punk at its core. Every song is a trip to the sky, where you find yourself looking at the world with a bird’s eye view, exploitative capitalist consumerist systems clearly at play. Musically and in its message, this album taught me so much when I first heard it in high school. There’s still much to be gleaned from it today. An easy 5.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

How is this album not even averaging a 3 right now? Looks like y'all don't like a female singer? GTFO

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Never heard this before yesterday, freaking rocks though. Reminds me of Bikini Kill in a way, love it.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Holy crap! This may be my favorite punk album so far, and maybe one of my favorite albums. Poly Styrene was a fucking force of nature! So bright and with an incredibly powerful voice. The sax playing of Lora Logic brings so much melody and texture to the sound of every song. The drive of the fuzzed out guitar and the high speed rhythm section is awesome, but the sax makes the whole thing stand out in a truly unique way. What a great album!

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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

Super band de punk garage, j'aime bien ça.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

Goeie oude punk met vrouwenstem. Eigenlijk een van de beste punkalbums met vrouwenstem moet ik zeggen.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

A bit different but I like it

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Amazing

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Yeah, this was great - love that saxamaphone added to the punk sound. Lyrically this album is so much more relevant than the Sex Pistols' manufactured nihilism. Fave track - "Identity" - mainstream culture is only now (kinda) catching up with what this song is saying!

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Oh man. This was such a welcome addition to this week’s listening. Really enjoyed it. “Germ Free Adolescents” is so good! Love that vocal performance. Somebody needs to do a playlist of tunes with saxophones in unlikely places.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Catchy punk album, as fresh as it was at the day!

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Love this but can't go as high as a 5

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

"I know you're antiseptic, your deodorant smells nice I'd like to get to know you but you're deep-frozen like the ice" (Germfree adolescence) Obsesionada con las pintas de esta gente, decepcionada con que haya tan pocas fotos en internet.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Had a lot of fun with this.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Actually really enjoyed this. A lotta fun. Lots of comedy lyrics and track names like Warrior in Woolworths. Will go again

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

i really liked this album!

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

This album is cool! Punk as hell and pretty groovy too. The sax is an interesting touch. Polly Styrene had a cool voice. I definitely hear the influence on someone like Corin Tucker.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

The Day the World Turned Day-Glo, Identity, Let's Submerge, Oh Bondage! Up Yours!, Age e Obssessed With You

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Great punk rock almost vicious. Loved it!!!

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Thu May 13 2021
4

love it, refined lady-sonics.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Pufffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff!!! Todo lo que me gusta. Todo.Ese punk-pop con vientos es todo lo que me gusta. Me hace acordar tanto el tono de voz de Bárbara Recanati de Utopians. Escuchen este tema de ellos. "Allá voy" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mjx4IHeMg8 En fin. Repito en insisto, el disco es todo lo que está bien en mi cabeza de niño hardocore-ska-punk-fag. ¿Lo voy a volver a escuchar? Pero claro que sí!! 9/10 ludomatics

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Surprisingly good, honestly quite refreshing to listen to. Dubious sax tuning lmao. Solid, not sure if I would save any of them though.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

This album is so good. It’s like fire or electricity. Every track is like a straight defibrillator to my brain. Top tracks Obsessed with you Plastic bag Oh bondage up yours

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

A fine nostalgic for me blast from the past. Great songs about consumerism. A favorite of mine

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

There are some really classic brit-punk anthems on this album and Poly Styrene is one of the most iconic female punk singers ever. Punk is my genre and I'm generally here for the riot grrrl thing but I'll admit that, even for me, a whole album of this started to wear me out. 'Oh Bondage, Up Yours" is still one of my favorite punk tracks but I can only take so much. Also saxophone solos can suck it.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Punksito alegre, mucha energía, todo suena bien. La voz de la vocalista está suave. Me habría gustado conocer esta banda cuando era adolescente, es lo que pienso. Entre las que más me gustaron: "Art-I-Ficial", "I Can't Do Anything" y "Genetic Engineering". 8.5/10

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Me gustó mucho en conjunto todo el disco

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

English Punk Rock YESSSSSSSSSSS. Solid 4.5

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Ja, dit vond ik lekker. Hysterisch maar met de juiste pit

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Album was awesome. Wish it was on Apple Music. End of the album even better than the top. Meant to be played loud. Really liked Plastic Bag and Dayglo. Good transition time between rock and punk, can see both in this album.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Super bon album punk rock, clairement une influence pour plusieurs bands qui ont suivit. À revisiter

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

7/10

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

this is what I thought punk sounded like when I was a small child, and I was right

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Love it, a true gem.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

The cool shit

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

Hell fucking yeah finally some energy. Cant believe i never heard of them before

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Such an exciting album. Charismatic, great lyrics, absolutely brilliant take on their times.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

I Was Taking Care Of Business The Last 2Days. Rabby Ysahhel Fy Kol Mehou Dream, I've Been Writing, But Not Much

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Acc kinda poppin

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Awesome female punk with horns!

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Shouty girl punk with a Saxamophone. Good shit.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Raw and energetic, with some parts really rough (inspired by surf rock) while others more smooth (inspired by glam rock and reggae). There's a whole lot of punk attitude. I really enjoy the riot grrrl vocals... something rare I only find in bands like Siouxsie and B-52s. Sax and synths are really simplistic, on the onset of New Wave but still definitely punk, characterized by short track lengths, chaotic vocals, anti-social lyrical matter, and fast yet minimalistic melodies. No signs of weakness on any of tracks; they really go all out. I can't believe these guys made just one album and a few singles but yet are considered one of the classics. I found like three varieties of this album in different track orders, but I don't think the ordering matters at all. Favorites: Germfree Adolescence, Identity, Art-I-Ficial, Plastic Bag, I Am a Poseur, Warrior in Woolworths, Highly Inflammable, Oh Bondage Up Yours

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Mon May 16 2022
4

I initially pigeonholed this as shouty punk with not much variation (kind of what you would expect from a punk band in 1978) but this gets better the more you play it . Poly was truly one in a million and her personality resonates through the album. The Sax and synth is not a standard Punk sound and I would go as far to say this isn't punk at all? Very early New-Wave? lol! Some slower tracks with quite cutting lyrics too- I mean it's not Shakespeare but better than a lot of other bands I think. "Her phobia is infection, she needs one to survive It's her built-in protection, without fear she'd give up and die" "My mind, is like, a plastic bag That corresponds, to all those ads It sucks up all the rubbish That is fed in through my ear" Plus it's now on Spotify now which is good.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Stevige punk. Niet onmiddellijk iets dat goed blijft hangen, maar wel een leuk album

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Cool!

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

First half is a bit meh but wow they put it together I the second half. Love Platic Bag, Warrior in Woolworths, I can't do anything.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Queer-punk klassikko! Todella aikaansa edellä. Tosin Oh Bondage! Up Yours! ei kyl ollut alunperin tällä levyllä mukana ollenkaan. Hieno single tosin. Aika menoa ja meininkiähän tää on, mutta jotenkin hyvällä tavalla omalaatuisesti! 4/5

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Feels like the precursor to a lot but also has some dated elements. A fun project regardless, glad I got to be enlightened to it.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

8/10. When I first heard the singers voice, I thought it would ruin the album. But I ended up really liking it

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Punk with some Sax and Female Vocals? Some heavy riffs are really unexpected on this album! I like more than I actually thought than I would. Very "London" sounding band from the end of the Seventies.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

suprisingly good

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

A lot of screaming

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Talk about a cover and name that don't inspire any confidence or anticipation for what's inside. As most people here I suspect, I haven't heard of this band before, let's go! Track 1 - What in the Eliza Doolittle? We doing satire music now? Have a feeling this is heading straight for the 1-star pile. 2. Identity - OK, this is kinda lively, no idea what she's saying, but there's some kinda toy wind instrument in the background, and at least the adolescents are having fun with this one. Already this is miles better than The Smiths. 3. The Day the World Turned Dayglo - Still no idea what Eliza Doolittle is shouting about, but appreciate the vigor. And the toy wind instrument turned out to be a saxophone - go figure! 4. Genetic Engineering - I think I picked up a bit of German at the beginning there? The sax player (Steve "Rudi" Thomson) is starting to establish himself a bit more, go on then! 5. Art-I-Ficial - This is my second listenthrough, and I JUST realized that the name of the band is X-Ray Spex, and the album title is Germfree Adolescents, thought it was the other way around. Anyway, this song slaps! This is by no means a 1 star album. 6. Plastic Bag - "My mind is like a plastic bag" declares Poly Styrene, the lead singer. OK, I finally pulled up the lyrics, not as dreadful as I expected, this band keeps surprising me. They seem to be complaining about the over-saturation of media and advertising in 1977, are they in for a surprise when they cross into this millennium. 7. I Am a Poseur - Another bop. Maybe the best so far. Wow, this band just keeps racking up stars. 8. I Live off You - He might be closer to a random high school band member than Sonny Rollins, but this song is evidence that a sax makes a great addition to any punk band (see also The Stooges). 9. Lets Submerge - Just when I mentioned The Stooges, Miss Styrene goes all out channeling her inner Iggy. Another star earned? Another star earned! 10. Obsessed With You - This is actually supposed to be the 2nd track on the album, but YouTube seems to have messed up the order, or following a different release version. Oh well, this album will be getting plenty more rotation, in the correct order next time. 11. Warrior in Woolworths - Woolworths is a clothing store? Seems like there's something deeper here than just the surface lyrics. 12. I Can Do Anything - 12 songs deeps and the energy is still high. Not getting tired of this at all. Dig those rolling rrrs, and I think I'm finally starting to understand what Eliza Dool.. I mean... Poly Styrene is saying. 13. Age - Bonus track? Why not! 14. Highly Inflammable - Another bonus track, nice change of pace from the rest of the songs so far. Conclusion - MASSIVELY surprised and impressed by this one. Make sure you find the version that starts with Art-I-Ficial, as that is the original and imo best album opener.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

This was an interesting album, sound wise This sounds very 80's despite being released in the 70's. I like the singer's voice for the most part, but it can be a tiny bit grating at some points. My favourite songs were I Can't Do Anything, Highly Inflammable, and Warrior in Woolworths.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Good punk rock with sax!

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

tout me faisait peur du titre à la pochette et ce fut finalement une jolie suprise

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Sounds like a punk band fronted by Cyndi Lauper and featuring the sax player from Men At Work. Which is to say, this thing slaps.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

Le Tigre vibes. Great punk vocals, great sax, nice lil punk album.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

I love punk.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

A enjoyable listen punk album that feels ahead of its time

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Very interesting punk album with some synth influence? I liked it Saved tracks: Identity, I Am a Poseur, Warrior in Woolworths, I Cant Do Anything, Highly Inflammable

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

i wouldnt say great but its listenable and decent

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Wed May 19 2021
3

It was ok! Early punk rock

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Love the punk and jazzy mix. And I like the female singer. It's a little frenetic for me to listen to while I'm working or driving but I could see it being good during a workout or something like that.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Cool, really love the title track

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Has it's moments of good, moments of odd. More like 3.5 to me.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Quite enjoyed this album

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Enjoyable riot grrl LP with some unexpectedly deep songwriting and arrangements along the way. Need to give this another listen to fully appreciate it.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Bijzonder alternatief album

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

fun early punk

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Good stuff! I had only heard a couple of these songs before. Good, listenable alternative/punk. 3 stars.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

decent

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Fine

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Ni idea de quién era este grupo. No está mal, sonido punk de los que sabían tocar instrumentos. Me gusta la voz de la cantante. Los volveré a escuchar.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Great punk with a definitive edge. Like the sound, but as an album a little exhausting

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Empieza muy bien, pero enseguida se vuelve repetitivo

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Pretty good. Liked the punk with sax

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

Good fun energetic punk album. Probably better in smaller doses but some excellent songs on there.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

OK. But shouty

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Enjoyed it more than I expected. 2.5 rounded up.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

I quite liked this, reminded me of a lot of bands like Snuff, early AFI, NOFX, etc, although there wasn't much info on Wiki about their influence or legacy to know if there was a direct influence. Also, too many versions/formats with different running orders and different bonus tracks. That was annoying. 6/10

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Didn’t mind this half as much as I thought I would and actually knew a couple of the tracks.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Punk with sax. BT: Art-I-Ficial, Warrior in Woolworth, Identity

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Jäklar va kul ändå, riktigt punkigt. Lite väl skrikigt för min smak tho... men vi får se. Riktigt bra när man ska typ tagga eller när man är arg men inte annars...

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

was cool

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Fun album

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Interesting album… Reminded me of punk bands like Devo …..was OK Boy that Polly Styrene can scream!!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

foundation for punk rock

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Punk rock from across the pond! I enjoyed this album while working.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Exactly like I expected it to sound. Not really to my taste, but got through to the end

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Shit rocks!

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

Quirky punk album. It was fun, not my favorite.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

A nice surprise. Couldn’t believe it was 2009.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Love Poly Styrene’s voice and I can appreciate that she paved the way for riot grrls in the 90s. Some of the songs I love and others were just okay.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Not bad, does everything a punk album is supposed to do, probably won’t come back tho

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

A few great songs and I like their sound, but in the end not enough variety - by the end the songs just sound the same.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

This album begs the question: Is Poly  Steve Jones' or Johnny Rotten's sister? lol  It is kinda neat to see a female fronted band banging out this genre with conviction. While the Sex Pistols' LP  will get top marks, it will not be because of Steve's guitar playing or Johnny's vocal range. So how do we rate the influencee as opposed to the influencer? 

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

I generally really like punk rock but this one didn’t really do it for me

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

It started off a little weird but ended up being good background music

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

-I liked the instrumentals, but not the singer -"Let's Submerge" was probably my favorite song

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

I feel like I need to make a disclaimer that I honestly don't dislike all punk. But I sure didn't like this. I'll give it points for the inventive (but scattershot competence) use of horns and for sheer earnestness. But I found the singing - near monotone yelling too far out of their effective register to be anything but dissonant - just intolerable. Delivering lyrics not half as clever as they're making themselves out to be.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

2.5

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Qué rara cosa me pusieron a oír. Siento que mezcla ondas de Sleeter Kinney (que de hecho me gustó mucho) con jaladas como de Las Ultrasónicas o algo así como más de bromita. No es malo, tiene momentos de buena música y de letras que me hacen prestar atención… pero no es un disco que DEBES de oír antes de morir. Luego con tiempo leo un poco la historia a ver si hay algo ahí que me explique qué razón hay.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

3.5 | De ver la portada esperaba algo medio pop finales 70s llegando al new wave, quiza algo hacia los B52s que acaban de tocar... Resulta que no, son punk... Ok pensé, un disco más de punk que supongo será decente. Afortunadamente supera las expectativas y es más que eso, se siente fresco y de hecho bastante de avanzada para ser del 78. Termina siendo un punk inglés bastante bastante sólido y con un saxofón que se cuela una y otra vez y que afortunadamente no se empieza a llevar hacia el ska sino que da toques bastante frescos a la música. En cierto modo dieron el ciclo completo y terminaron con un dejo de esas bandas pop rock sesenteras pero con un sentido del humor un poco más oscuro. Los aspectos más destacados para mí aquí son fácilmente "Warrior in Woolworths", "I Can't Do Anything" y "Plastic Bag", que muestran cómo habría sonado Blondie si hubieran sido digamos menos cosmopolitas y más crudos (sin queja alguna hacia Blondie, solo como una comparación) . Sobra mencionar que todo esto aplica para la versión original del disco, en Spotify hay una versión que dura casi dos horas y en ese caso si llega el punto en que comienza a sonar ya cansado y sin duda sobrepasa la buena impresión de entrada.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

All in all great punk album! I also have a serious soft spot for punk female singers. Great stuff

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Album cover cracks me up. Overall, I thought it was fun. It just oozes character. worth the listen.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Punchy, energetic, squonky fun. Fave Songs: Warrior in Woolworths, I Can't Do Anything, Identity, Let's Submerge, Germ Free Adolescents, The Day the World Turned Day-Glo

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

This was a fine listen old punk album. Not crazy good but not bad. 6/10.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

I didn't hate this, but boy did it get old quickly. Best track: Obsessed with You

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Sat Dec 11 2021
3

Very energetic but not really my style I guess.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Today I learned about Poly Styrene!

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Ca dememage,du bon punk 3.5

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

45 years late on this one; yet another revelation to me. I wish I knew more cool kids who could have made a mention. Listening to this for the first time, going in cold, literally, I didn't know if this was Cyndi Lauper's pre-Cyndi Lauper band, Kathleen Hanna's pre-Bikini Kill band, or even early Romeo Void. Who knew there was an early new-wave/punk, with saxophone, full throttle ironic siren that pre-dated all of that. Can anyone just give me a list of bands and records that I really should encounter before my end of days to catch me up on all I missed? You're saying there is a list of hundreds of such records right here? Very well then.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

This is the second album not on AppleMusic, but I did find in on YouTube. I’m stuck on the saxophone is this punk band. It is so unusual and still unexpected even on the last few tracks. It’s a refreshing addition to the Spex punk sound. I would listen to this again, but I probably won’t because I won’t think to search YouTube.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

I really like Poly Styrene's voice; the punk energy and sound are definitely enjoyable. The main knock is that it does sound very samey across 40 minutes of music. A good listen.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

This punk rock album is OK, but apart from the fact that some of the songs feature saxophone, it's nothing special. 3/5.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Mittelgut. Geht teilweise ab. Stimme nervt manchmal bisschen, genauso wie das Sax.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Honestly fire, need more women led punk. Wish it was on Spotify

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Banging

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

I liked this one in small doses -- 2-3 songs at a time was fun but I couldn't do the whole album in one sitting.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

punk with spunk

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

It was ok. I’ve heard a hell of a lot worse, but no really memorable tracks.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

moshpit punk with saxophones. good.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Don't really have much to note other than that there have been a lot of ska/punk albums on this list. More than one would expect. Definitely not my favorite genre, but I can get behind some of it.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Fun, dance-y punk album. Kind-of sort-of 1970s pop punk? Vocals remind me of Blondie, lyrics are more junkie/garage-inspired though. A solid listen, I am surprised this group was a one-and-done in terms of albums, I feel like there's a lot of potential here. I really enjoy the double-tracked guitars in certain areas throughout the album. Noteworthy record, glad to have discovered it. Fave tracks: Germfree Adolescence, Plastic Bag, Age

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Sun May 22 2022
3

Second time listening to this one. There are quite a few songs that catch my attention. Still getting to know this, but I like it. 3/5

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Not the best of the era. Lead singer wasn't to my tastes. Interesting background music for drive time

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Raw, wild, fluorescent riot-grrl pre-cursor punk. The energy is undeniable, but the awfully obnoxious, 5-minute "Plastic Bag" at the midway point of the record really brings the fatigue on early.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

An extremely precise punk backing band fronted by explosive, raw and untamed vocals. It makes for a solid album that I'm sure was influential to countless artists over the years. This sounds like a group that would've been really fun to see live. I appreciate the break from the norm that the track 'Plastic Bag' provided, and it makes me curious for what could've been if they explored outside of their punk structure a bit more.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

i thought it was okay i believe

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Varsin hyvä torvirock-levy! 3/5

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Oikein jees punkkii. Aika varhaisindierock fibat. 3,5/5

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Mixed. Love the vocals and sax, but like with most 70’s punk I get pretty bored and worn out during the second half.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Kind of a bop

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Overall liked it as I like punkish female lead groups but by the end of the album it all sounded the same.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Fun album. Instrumentals kicked ass, but the lead singer's voice was hard to listen to at some points. Favorite track: Identity

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Dans le genre punk on a vu pire

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Good woman punk

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Very fun, it sounds awesome to be young in 1978! Songs are very dated though, as they are very of their time. Hard to pick a favourite, since they all sound basically the same, but the first three tracks are definitely a very strong start to the album.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

This was, I found it to be enjoyable but at times the vocals hurt my ears

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Somehow missed this interesting gem from my knowledge of the early punk canon. They are an interesting point of view of punk in 1978 - screaming saxophones and pristine production - with an intense voice at the helm of it. There are some great songs here but overall as a record it a too much I feel - the pace is a bit haphazard and the record of a bit too long for the intensity at which it plays.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Didn't like the vocals much but the music was great and energetic.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Female vocalist led punk with anti-consumerism sentiment. Standout is "Art-I-Ficial."

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Good album but a one and done. I can see how this album could have influenced a lot of other artist.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Die sax is wel vet. Leuk album

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

3.5 Grows on you quickly

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Liked it. Will probably never listen to it agian mind

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

The opening track is a little listless but Identity puts the album on a firmer footing. The album is a punk classic and has that proto-second wave ska sound that still manages to bring it. Some of the songs feel pretty worn out on me, but i suppose thats more me than the recording. I see their influence on Mustard Plug and hear a lot of similarities to the British two tone bands.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
2

"I'm headed back with my pet rat" I dont know, the album was fine but nothing special. Nothing stood out to me other than Im headed back with my pet rat. 3/8.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Oops just listened to a few songs. Sounds tight but wasn’t keen on vocals but in fairness need to listen more. Also a bit grating and full on on the morning

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

OMG her voice makes me want to rip out my eardrums. The lyrics are kinda fun and appropriate. But that voice.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

Definitely a punk/ska forefather. Really cool but not my fave.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Female sex pistols. Was alright

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Ugh

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Interesting. I had a hard time finding the proper album, apparently they've changed the tracklist once or twice. I don't take that as a good sign. Anyway, it's punk music. Good energy, good angst. I generally like punk rock, but I don't really like this. At album's length it feels very flat. A few highlights of course but for the most part just not very engaging. Not sure how an album like this lands on Rolling Stone's top 500, or even on this list, unless perhaps it's highly influential. It certainly sounds newer than 1978, but hearing it for the first time now? I've heard a lot better. Favorite tracks: Germ Free Adolescents, Plastic Bag, I Live Off You. Album art: I do like this cover quite a bit. Creative, good colors, fits the album title very well. If only the music were as fun. 2.5/5

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

Really didn’t like it at first, then it started to grow on me

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Meh

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

a perfectly fine album that doesn't need to be on this list

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Primera canción bien, luego bastante repetitivo.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

not memorable, singer was p bad but funny name

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