The need for strong, independent local journalism is more urgent than ever. Our readers rely on our comprehensive news reporting. Please support the city we love by joining Friends of Willamette Week. No other punk band could write a song about the pathology of sexual predation and have it come out sounding so darkly alluring. Then again, no band had a guitarist like Billy Zoom, whose opening riff draws a through line from "Johnny B. Goode" to Johnny Ramone. All of Wild Gift is a testament to X's greatness—it's one of the best albums of the '80s—but "White Girl" is the undisputed classic, a heavy and hooky doomed-love song given extra metatextual weight by the fact that John Doe was harmonizing with his then-wife, Exene Cervenka, while singing about another white girl entirely. X's third album is haunted by the death of Cervenka's sister Mirielle, and nowhere is her ghost more present than on this wrenching '50s-style slow dance, which, from a musical perspective, proved the band would not be slaves to tempo, volume or any of punk's preordained rules.
"Depression & Obsession"
"H20" (Featuring Ski Mask The Slump God)
X experimented with different genres, mixing their brand of punk with elements of blues and country music. X released their first album in X proved highly influential on the Los Angeles and national punk scenes. Excene and John Doe have collaborated with contemporary musicians such as Lydia Lunch and are highly influential on newer bands and artists such as Pearl Jam , Henry Rollins and The Breeders. Jack Blare is an independent journalist, freelance writer, amateur musician, published poet and aspiring author. Jack Blare has several poetry collections available on Amazon.
Underrated is a word that gets thrown around a lot with bands, but seldom has it been more applicable than with King's X. And while breakthrough commercial success has mysteriously eluded the group, their legacy of great music is undeniable. It's been six years since the last King's X studio album, so now is as good a time as any to take a look back at some of their best work. In that spirit, we now present our list of the Top 10 King's X songs.
With malleable vocals, a penchant for experimentation and an undeniably punk aesthetic, the rapper earned a legion of fans before he even turned You know, it really doesn't matter. X flaunted his genre-fluid stylings across several EPs, two albums and a few compilation projects. On "Look At Me! Through that versatility, X was able to channel feelings like rage, depression and more in whatever musical medium works best for the occasion. For a song like "Save Me," X tackles sparse guitar as he belts out a desperate cry for help. The lack of hard percussion or a pulsating beat gives space for his words to sink in and his voice to linger. On the other hand, there's the emo-leaning, teen pop tune "Sad!