My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original Album is tracks 1-12
Brief Background: Germfree Adolescents is the debut album by the UK punk band X-Ray Spex. It was recorded and released in 1978.
What I think: I’ve always had a problem with how snotty UK punk rock is and with the beginning of the first track “Art-I-Ficial”, I thought this was going to be more of the same thing, but them some really cool elements sneak in and make this a really awesome album. The chorus of the songs brings in a kooky saxophone backing which pops up all over the album. “Warrior in Woolworths” and “I Can’t Do Anything” have a real 60’s girl pop-group vibe with the latter housing a severely twisted sense of humor. “Identity” brings some social consciousness and really illustrates a great balance in the album that alternates between serious and and bit of fun. The highlights for me here are easily “Warrior in Woolworths” “I Can’t Do Anything” and “Plastic Bag” which all showcase what Blondie would have sounded like had they been less cosmopolitan (not a rip on Blondie, just a comparison).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I really like this one. It’s one of those I feel ashamed of for not knowing about and robbed of for the time lost.
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (334/435)
Amount that are new to me: 77%