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Germfree Adolescents

X-Ray Spex

1978

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Germfree Adolescents

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2.95

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5

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

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5

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

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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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4

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

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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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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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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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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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super fun slop rock

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

yup

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5

Sheer brilliance. Pure punk with a charismatic vocalist.

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

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5

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

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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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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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Just incredible

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5

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

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Oddly overlooked first wave of punk stone cold classic.

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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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Inicios del punk-rock. Vinilo.

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

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

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A bit different but I like it

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Amazing

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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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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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4

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

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

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"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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Had a lot of fun with this.

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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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i really liked this album!

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

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Great punk rock almost vicious. Loved it!!!

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love it, refined lady-sonics.

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

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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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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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Me gustó mucho en conjunto todo el disco

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English Punk Rock YESSSSSSSSSSS. Solid 4.5

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

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

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7/10

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

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Love it, a true gem.

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The cool shit

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

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

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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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Acc kinda poppin

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Awesome female punk with horns!

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Shouty girl punk with a Saxamophone. Good shit.

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

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i wouldnt say great but its listenable and decent

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It was ok! Early punk rock

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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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Cool, really love the title track

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

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Quite enjoyed this album

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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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Bijzonder alternatief album

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fun early punk

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

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decent

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Fine

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

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Empieza muy bien, pero enseguida se vuelve repetitivo

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Pretty good. Liked the punk with sax

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3

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

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3

OK. But shouty

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Enjoyed it more than I expected. 2.5 rounded up.

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

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

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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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was cool

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3

Fun album

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

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3

foundation for punk rock

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

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

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Shit rocks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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2.5

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

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

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

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

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Very energetic but not really my style I guess.

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Today I learned about Poly Styrene!

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Ca dememage,du bon punk 3.5

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

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

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Banging

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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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punk with spunk

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

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moshpit punk with saxophones. good.

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

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Female sex pistols. Was alright

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Ugh

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

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Meh

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

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Primera canción bien, luego bastante repetitivo.

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not memorable, singer was p bad but funny name

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very low fi punk and good fun but fuck listening to the vocals for a full album. The odd song, at the right time, i'd enjoy.

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Decent enough but can’t see me going back to it

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Mad punk

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Heard worse

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Not for me

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Just pretty average punk. Not great or bad.

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Too much shouting, but I liked the songs with more melody

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It's pretty odd, and screechy.

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Empezó con mucha fuerza pero después me pareció todo lo mismo 2/5

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Honestly spoiled by the vocals. Otherwise solid punk!

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This one is mixed for me. On the one hand, I love the vocals. On the other hand, they're so constantly harsh that I wished I could just get a little break now and then. Some more contrast in energy, I suppose. Because energy is what it's made of, this album. Its main redeeming quality to me is the wonderful sax. The overall feel is a bit too much like a jingle for a children's show - direct, catchy and distinct, but a bit too much of all those things. I think if the whole album had used some of the moderation in the title track, it would have been stronger overall.

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Sounds like a poor man's Blondie (and I don't like Blondie that much)

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Die lila Batiktruppe aus dem JuZe war dosenstechen beim Sex-Pistols Gig und hat jetzt auch ne Band. An der Rotzkanne: Adelheid, die sich aber jetzt Ätzy nennt. Gebe knapp mehr als 1,5 Punkte und muss jetzt erstmal Candy Dulfer hören.

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This kind of girly punkrock always sounds so innocent and cute. Its so boring to me. May be the best punk-rock album I've come across though, I'd give it a 3 but I'll bump it down to a 2 because of the crappy vocals. It has some great energy to it though. ... Actually Bordering a 1 because of the title track. Holy shit thats the worst thing I've ever heard. Ok first half is ok but second half is so terrible.

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I honestly could not finish this. Poly Styrene's voice is too much for me, it's incredibly annoying. 1+ for the tight instrumentals, as Germ Free Adolescents could have been a very decent punk release.

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The songs aren't too bad, and I credit the punk, but as an album - too many of the songs sound the same.

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1978. Oh Bondage, Up Yours!

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Het kan toch niet waar zijn dat deze afschuwelijkheid tot de 1001 beste albums behoort? Blazers best leuk, maar die hysterische zang! 🥵

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Can't listen to it, no longer on spotify.

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maybe this was cool in 1978? 2/5.

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It was OK

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Meh

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Not big fan, early punk? Need to look up more!

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This album is just screaming at me for no reason, Jesus. What a God awful beginning song with 'Germfree Adolescence,' but then somehow it gets worse? What is she saying, and why does she have to scream it constantly? Please stop. I like punk but this is ridiculous. The quieter moments where I don't feel like someone has a megaphone to my ear save this from being a 1 star.

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Sem entusiasmo, pois não tem no deezer.

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jag kan gilla skrikig sång och så men det här köper jag inte. blir för mycket bara.

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That voice hurt my ears

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'70s punk plus Pat Benatar vocals plus a saxophone. Also you can't understand a single word on the album, so that was unique. I understand the vibe but it bordered on annoying.

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Not bad, but can't be doing with a sax on a punk record.

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A bit shit fro what i actually bothered with

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terrible timing for this album to come up. just spent 3 days watching punk bands, which is at least 1 day too many. so this was crap for a couple of reasons. 1, i've gone punk blind. it'll be months before i can listen to punk and appreciate it. 2, it would have ranked very lowly against most of the music i've heard this weekend. I get that its original from off of the time punk was new so its influential, but that doesn't mean i have to enjoy it.

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One of the better punk albums on the list. 2.5/5

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Dit komt toch heel dicht bij herrie. **

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A few appealing songs: Germfree adolescents, identity. Some strong guitar riffing, ok girly vocals, but too often copycat Johnny Rotten snarls, which could be dropped.

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Not being the biggest fan of punk, I felt this was okay. The instrumentals are pretty sweet and the sax popping in is pretty refreshing. I found the vocals to be a little grating when she sung in the high pitch, aggressive tone. The calmer songs are cool though. 4/10

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Chore to get through.

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Definitely not a fan...

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First track started promising and just sounded the same

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asd

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Too much reeing noise. You may as well start screeching.

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I was not a fan of this album at all. I thought the "singing" was terrible, and it felt like it was off-beat or each member of the band was doing their own thing. It wasn't all bad but it was not good either.

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Crap

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Load of rubbish

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Too shouty, not for me

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Pants. Not nice comfy ones either, I mean pants so tight and ill fitting that they ride right up inside you and give you a nasty rash. And they're made of thistles.

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Soooooo. That was so fucking annoying lol. Lead singer has a gift for contorting her voice in the most mind rotting pose possible for each note. God that was just... annoying. In your face for no reason. Plastic Bag was an... experience. Though I appreciate what she was going for ok that song hearing "I dreamt that I was Hitler. Ruler of the seas"... let's just say I was not ready for that on this fine Saturday morning. But yeah, paper bag and warrior in Woolworths are the only song that stuck out to me. Just not my cup of tea.

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// Favs: Oh Bondage! Up Yours! Score: Strong 1

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Solo vayamos con el siguiente por favor

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NO.

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Hatte nie viel übrig für den rotzig/bratzigen riot übrig. Anfangsworte des ipeners unterschreibe ich sofort, aber musikalisch werde ich nix warm. 1.4

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We hebben een K, we hebben een U, we hebben een T, what's that spell? KUT muziek!

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In een woord, verschrikkelijk!

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Ended up really not liking this album. It was a struggle to get through every song. The singing was too much like yelling, the music had that classic same-y punk feel for me. Presence of the saxophone / other unique bits did not save this album for me.

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Rownowaga we wszystkim, wczoraj peakowy album, to dzisiaj zwiedzamy otchlanie brytyjskiego punka, Germ Free Adolescents to debiutancki album 5 osobowej bandy X-Ray Spex, wedlug wiki jeden z najmocniejszych punkowych materialow z wysp, a jak dla mnie jeden z najbardziej pretensjonalnych i niepowaznych materialow jakie mialem okazje przesluchac w ramach tej listy, dziwnym trafem frontowym menem jest baba, mianowicie Poly Styrene, ktora na materiale jest odpowiedzialna za teksty i "wokale" czyli najbrutalniejsza strone plyty, bo o ile granie ani mnie grzeje, ani nie chlodzi, a jedynym zaskoczeniem jest mocne wykorzystanie saksy, tak niezbyt punkowo, a raczej skowo, ale to co pani poly przygotowala lirycznie potezna dawke punkowych oczywistosci doprawionych mocnym feministycznym stylem bycia, no ale to jeszcze nie jest najgorsza strona plyty, najwiekszym problemem podczas odsluchu byl dla mnie wokal, wiadomo ze wyspiarskie klimaty, to poziom hard zrozumienia, ale tutaj niektore traki brzmia jak giberisz, dopiero po odpaleniu tekstu da sie cos zrozumiec, moze to ze wzgledu na multikulturowe korzenie wokalistki, mlody wiek rozpoczecia dawania po kablach w hipisowskich sklotach, dopiero teraz zguglowalem sobie pania wokalistke i okazalo sie, ze podczas nagrywania tego materialu miala na zebach potezny aparat, ktory nie tylko robil ja o wiele bardziej feministycznym baboem, ale takze w tak prosty sposob byl wymowka tak okropnych zdolnosci wokalnych, cale szczescie tym razem nie musze wybierac co dodac na plejke, bo dyskografia bandy nie istnieje na spotifaju, poza livowym albumiki z 2k09, wiec material zszabrowany z soulseeka, ale rownie dobrze moglbym posluchac tego na jutubie, jakosc wokalu i tak pewnie by duzo nie stracila, takze od strony technicznej sluchac biede i brak doswiadczenia ze strony producenkiej, takze jeden z pierwszych materialow pana na produkcji, ktory zostal producentem kolejnych albumow zespolu, dawno nie wymeczyl mnie tak bardzo 35 minutowy krazek

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Germfree Adolescents by X-Ray Spex (1978) It’s the kind of thankfully obscure, coprophagic, and hard-to-find British punk album that justifies the flagging of my interest in this 1001 Albums project. I soldier on. I will simply point out here that (1) it is actually possible to tune a saxophone, and (2) melody (by lead vocalist Poly Styrene [sheesh!]) involves more than belting out mere approximations of the major fifth and the tonic. Beefeater and quinine, anyone? 1/5

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most of the album missing on spotify. Like the melody and beat but the vocals aren't great imo

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Found a shitty YouTube upload of the album. Cool use of the saxophone, but I’m not digging the punk sound overall.

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I can hear how this never made it. Cover redeems it. Cover art 5/5

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The singer's voice is unbearable, and the band takes liberties with the instruments, including a saxophone, which doesn't fit the feel of the songs at all. The singer feels like she can only hit 3 notes and seems to find a frequency which could break eardrums if played too loud.

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Not too bad, debbie horris like

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Punk femenino con una voz con mucha fuerza

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