Sep 9, 2012
A jaded and angry anthem for the City of Angels, "Los Angeles" is considered by two generations to be one of the best punk rock songs ever recorded.
Written by singer/bassist John Doe and singer/poet Exene Cervenka, "Los Angeles" was produced by L.A. legend Ray Manzarek of The Doors and recorded in Hollywood.
The tune tells the tale of an L.A. woman weary of the city at the end of the '70s who cannot see herself simply enduring for another decade in La La Land.
Burned out by a non-stop barrage of ethnic minorities, shallow men, gays, and violent boredom amid the idle rich, the woman was past the point of saturation.
She had to leave. Los Angeles. The place seemingly everyone kills themselves to end up in. Sad.
Once free from the endless L.A. megalopolis, the woman finds herself "flying over the dateline" as the days change to night in an instant.
X is the pioneering band that made the L.A. punk rock scene explode into the 1980s. Now in their fourth decade, X is still making music today with all four original members.
Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake still proudly rock on.
"Los Angeles" was the debut hit by X, and the song's enduring popularity makes it a timeless megahit --- as well as one of the most bluntly powerful California songs in history.
X | Los Angeles