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Generation X
Generation X - Generation X album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 March 1978
RecordedTW Studios, Fulham
GenrePunk rock, pop punk
ProducerMartin Rushent
Generation X chronology
Generation X
Valley of the Dolls
Singles from Generation X
  1. "Ready Steady Go"
    Released: Feb 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Record Collector4/5 stars[2]
Record Mirror5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB+[6]

Generation X is the first studio album by English punk rock band Generation X,[7] produced by Martin Rushent, it was released in the United Kingdom on 17 March 1978.[8][9]


Generation X was recorded at TW Studios in Fulham, West London, during November–December 1977, with the producer Martin Rushent and the engineer Alan Winstanley.[10]

The band had previously worked with the producer Phil Wainman on prior singles, but had been dissatisfied with the results, critiquing his production as too "poppy" and polished, and sought a recorded sound for the album that resembled the band's live performances. Frontman Billy Idol suggested Rushent for the role as he had been impressed with his recent work with The Stranglers.[11] Guitarist Derwood Andrews later recalled, "Martin Rushent told great jokes, but his engineer Alan Winstanley was more responsible for the sound of the album".[12]

The album was recorded during one week, with many of the songs being completed in one take. Bassist Tony James wrote most of the lyrics, with Idol composing the music. Andrews and drummer Mark Laff finished the songs by adding instrumental parts.[13]

"We (recorded) it in TW (Studios), and it was like recording in a garage, it was such a shithole. But it was great as we felt completely at home, we just plugged in and played great and it sounded great. ... 'Youth Youth Youth' was done in one take, we just set Derwood up with a wall of speakers in the studio, no headphones and just left the tape running. We were pissed, and did it at midnight, that's the only way we could have possibly recorded that track. He just went mad, we just all sat there in awe as he went crazy (playing that solo)."[14] − Tony James


On commercial release in the United Kingdom in March 1978 the album reached #29 in the Albums Chart.

Single releases

The song "Ready Steady Go" was issued as a single in February 1978 prior to the album's release, peaking at #47 in the United Kingdom's Singles Chart.

Cover art

The band portrait used as the front cover was photographed by Gered Mankowitz.

Release formats

The original U.S. release of the album featured a variant track listing, omitting three songs and adding three songs from the band's singles releases, with the addition of a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth".[15]

The album was later remastered and reissued in 2002 with the original UK track listing, augmented by six bonus tracks from singles.

Two outtakes recorded during the TW Studios sessions for Generation X, "Your Generation" and "Rock On", were retrospectively commercially issued on the 2004 K.M.D - Sweet Revenge Xtra album.

The album was re-issued internationally on 26 April 2019 as a part of a 2-CD/3-LP Deluxe collector's set, re-mastered by its original engineer Alan Winstanley.[16] The bonus CD/two bonus LPs featured a-side and b-sides tracks from singles, outtakes, and previously unreleased mixes.

Track listing

Original UK LP (1978)

All tracks are written by Billy Idol and Tony James.

1."From the Heart"2:08
2."One Hundred Punks"3:08
4."Ready Steady Go"2:58
6."Promises Promises"5:18
7."Day by Day"2:05
8."The Invisible Man"2:56
9."Kiss Me Deadly"4:24
10."Too Personal"2:17
11."Youth Youth Youth"6:07
2002 CD bonus tracks
12."Your Generation"3:15
13."Wild Youth" (B-side to "Your Generation")2:53
14."Wild Dub" (B-side to "Wild Youth")3:49
15."Trying for Kicks" (B-side to "Friday's Angels")2:00
16."This Heat" (B-side to "Friday's Angels")2:12
2019 Deluxe Edition bonus CD/2-LP
1."Your Generation"3:15
2."Day by Day" (alternate version)2:04
3."Wild Youth"2:55
4."Wild Dub"3:49
5."No No No"2:10
6."Trying for Kicks"2:00
7."This Heat"2:12
8."Ready Steady Go" (Phil Wainman version)3:04
9."No No No" (Phil Wainman version)2:21
10."Gimme Some Truth" (outtake)2:53
11."Rock On Dub" (outtake)2:53
12."Promises Promises" (single version)3:42
13."From The Heart" (Alan Winstanley mix)2:13
14."The Invisible Man" (Alan Winstanley mix)3:04
15."Kleenex" (Alan Winstanley mix)2:14
16."Day By Day" (Alan Winstanley mix)2:09
17."One Hundred Punks" (Alan Winstanley mix)3:17
18."Too Personal" (Alan Winstanley mix)2:23
19."Youth Youth Youth" (Alan Winstanley mix)6:20

Original US LP (1978)

All tracks are written by Idol and James, except where noted.

1."Gimme Some Truth" (outtake from TW Studios sessions)John Lennon2:48
2."Wild Youth" 2:52
3."From the Heart" 2:06
4."Ready Steady Go" 2:56
5."Kleenex" 2:05
6."Promises Promises" 5:18
7."Day by Day" 2:04
8."One Hundred Punks" 3:05
9."Your Generation" 3:11
10."Kiss Me Deadly" 4:12
11."Wild Dub" 3:47
12."Youth Youth Youth" 6:00


Generation X

Appearances in popular culture

The song "Kiss Me Deadly" was used in the soundtrack of the movie SLC Punk (1998).


  1. ^ Adams, Greg. "Generation X – Generation X". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  2. ^ Davenport, Rich (May 2019). "Generation X: Generation X: Deluxe Edition". Record Collector. No. 492. p. 99.
  3. ^ Russell, Rosalind (18 March 1978). "Gen X put the knife in". Record Mirror. p. 16.
  4. ^ Coleman, Mark (1992). "Generation X". In DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly (eds.). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. pp. 276–77. ISBN 0-679-73729-4.
  5. ^ Staunton, Terry (June 2019). "Generation X: Generation X". Uncut. No. 265. p. 45.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (29 May 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ Trunkworthy. "Before Billy Idol Was A Rock Star, He Was Just A Punk".
  8. ^ "Generation X". Rate Your Music. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Generation X (4) - Generation X at Discogs". Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  10. ^ Film of Generation X playing at TW Studios in 1977, with an interview with Tony James and Martin Rushent. Published on Youtube 20 October 2006.
  11. ^ 'Generation X's Elusive Good Game', New Musical Express, 11 February 1978.
  12. ^ Interview with Derwood Andrews, 'trakMARX' Magazine, February 2003.
  13. ^ 'X Cert for a Teenage Opera', 'ZigZag' magazine, April 1978.
  14. ^ Interview with Tony James, 'ZigZag' Magazine, April 1978.
  15. ^ "Generation X (4) - Generation X (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  16. ^ Media announcement of the release of the 'Generation X Debut Album Deluxe Edition', Billy Idol website, 18 February 2019.


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Allgemeine Informationen
HerkunftLondon, England
Genre(s)Punk, Rock ’n’ Roll, Pop
Billy Idol
Bob Andrews (bis 1979)
John Towe (bis 1976)
Tony James
Letzte Besetzung
Billy Idol
Steve Jones (ab 1981)
John McGeoch (ab 1981)
Terry Chimes (ab 1979)
Tony James
Ehemalige Mitglieder
Mark Laff (1976–1979)
James Stephenson (1979–1981)

Generation X ist der Name einer britischen Punkband, die 1976 von Billy Idol gegründet wurde, im selben Jahr ihr Debüt feierte, 1977 ihre erste Single und 1978 ihr erstes Album herausbrachte. 1981 löste sie sich noch vor dem Erscheinen ihres dritten Albums auf.


Im August 1976 suchte Gene October mit einer Anzeige im Melody Maker nach Musikern für eine Band. Es meldeten sich William Broad, der später als Billy Idol berühmt wurde, Tony James und John Towe. Sie gründeten eine Band namens Chelsea. Nach drei Monaten und ebenso vielen Konzerten trennte sich die Gruppe wieder. Während October nach neuen Mitglieder suchte, gründeten Broad, James und Towe mit dem Gitarristen Bob Andrews Generation X, in der sich Billy Idol als Sänger versuchte.

Im Dezember feierten sie ihr Debüt im Roxy Club in London. Kurz darauf wurde John Towe durch Mark Laff ersetzt.

Im Juli 1977 unterschrieb Generation X einen Vertrag bei Chrysalis und ihre erste Single Your Generation erschien. Es folgten die Singles Wild Youth (1977) und Ready Steady Go (1978). 1978 erschienen die beiden Alben Generation X und Valley of the Dolls. Die Singleauskopplung King Rocker erreichte Platz 11 der britischen Charts.

Es folgte die Umbenennung in Gen X. In der Band gab es Streit und Laff und Andrews wurden durch Terry Chimes und Chelsea-Mitglied James Stephenson ersetzt. Als Gitarristen dienten Steve Jones von den Sex Pistols und John McGeoch von Magazine. Als 1981 das dritte Album erschien, existierte die Band schon nicht mehr.

Billy Idol startete in den USA eine sehr erfolgreiche Solokarriere, Tony James gründete die Band Sigue Sigue Sputnik und später zusammen mit Mick Jones die Carbon/Silicon. Terry Chimes ersetzte den Schlagzeuger von The Clash.


Generation X gelten zwar als eine der ersten Punkbands, tendierten später aber eher zum melodiösen Rock ’n’ Roll und Pop.


Die britische Punkband Penetration spielt 1977 als Vorgruppe der Generation X. Diese Auftritte verschaffen ihr einen gewissen Bekanntschaftsgrad auch über die Szene hinaus.

2001 gibt Billy Idol bei VH-1 Storytellers, dem Gegenstück zu MTV Unplugged, nochmal Generation X-Klassiker wie Kiss Me Deadly, Untouchables und Ready Steady Go zum Besten, was ihm einen neuen Aufschwung seiner Karriere bescherte.


Der britische Schriftsteller Hanif Kureishi verarbeitete die Figur seines Schulfreunds Billy Idol und die Geschichte der Band Generation X in seinem Roman Der Buddha aus der Vorstadt (The Buddha of Suburbia, 1990), der auch verfilmt wurde.

Als Generation X wurde in den 1990er Jahren auch die Generation der in den 1960er- und 1970er-Jahren Geborenen bezeichnet, nach dem Buch von Douglas Coupland.


Erklärung der Daten
Generation X
 UK2908.04.1978(4 Wo.)
Valley of the Dolls
 UK5117.02.1979(5 Wo.)
Your Generation
 UK3617.09.1977(4 Wo.)
Ready Steady Go
 UK4711.03.1978(3 Wo.)
King Rocker
 UK1120.01.1979(9 Wo.)
Valley of the Dolls
 UK2307.04.1979(7 Wo.)
Friday‘s Angel
 UK6230.06.1979(2 Wo.)
Dancing with Myself / Untouchables
 UK6018.10.1980(6 Wo.)


  • 1978: Generation X
  • 1978: Live at Sheffield
  • 1979: Valley of the Dolls
  • 1981: Kiss Me Deadly
  • 1998: Sweet Revenge (ursprünglich aufgenommen 1979)


  • 1977: Your Generation
  • 1977: Wild Youth
  • 1978: Ready Steady Go
  • 1979: King Rocker
  • 1980: Dancing with Myself


  • 1981: Dancing with Myself


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