X

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2003 (The 2004 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2026 (ranked #261) .


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Will X be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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The undisputed kings of Los Angeles punk.

Posted by Kit on Monday, 11.27.06 @ 16:20pm


X is so integral to the core of Rock n' Roll, and the cream always rises. Their first 4 albums were on every critic 'top 10' list in their respective years of release, and they are still a dynamic live show, maybe better than ever. Also, they are about to start work on a new release, so putting out something current should help override this injustice. Hall of Fame is a farce without X...

Posted by Ghandi on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 17:03pm


X is a great band, this hall of fame is practicly a disgrace leaving out such good bands like Def Leppard, Judas Priest, X, The Zombies, and more. These guys were one of the first bands to bring punk to music.

Posted by Sammy on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 05:28am


X should by means be included in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Troy Martin on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 16:07pm


X WILL MARK THE SPOT!!!

Posted by SEAN on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 15:57pm


OF COURSE they should be inducted!!!

:D

Posted by Tawney Estrella on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 15:59pm


Will the last American band to get played on the radio please bring the flag? Please bring the flag!

Posted by Piston Packin' Monique on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:01pm


X is one of the all-time best American bands! As if that's not enough, take a look at how many bands have listed X as an influence.

No question, they should be inducted!!

Posted by roz on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:02pm


One of the most important bands of the past 30 years and one of my personal favorite bands of all time. The R&R Hall of Fame should absolutely include bands such as X who have been so influential on musicians
who came after them as well as their contemporaries. This nomination would speak volumes of the musical integrity of the R&R Hall of Fame.

Posted by Jen on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:03pm


The fact that X has not been inducted yet is a crime against good taste. They are some of the greatest innovators of our age and one of the best bands in the history of rock music. Give them their due at last!

Posted by Mich on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:05pm


X deserves induction into Rock 'n Roll's Hall of Fame for it's importance in late 1970's L.A. punk scene. It's infusion of true Beat-era styled lyrics distinguished it from the rest of the pack then and still does today.

Posted by Cecil Doyle on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:07pm


It's about time The R and R HOF brings real American bands to forefront... Especially bands like X who believe it or not influenced the youth back then and are still influencing today.

Posted by Alan on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:11pm


At a time when punk rock was still scrutinzed in the mainstream media but heralded by the critics, X defied both critics and the mainstream by making lasting songs and influencing countless musicians - even to this day.

X belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame because this was a band who created original music that stands the test of time and still shakes the walls of undergrround clubs across the planet.

Posted by Porkchop on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:13pm


There's no doubt in my mind that X deserves to be recognized as one of the most important bands in rockNroll history. Unfortunately, I don't think the RRHF is going honor them any time soon. Let's be honest, the RRHF is just vehicle for the Cleveland tourist board to promote their very mediocre city. I don't think X ever had a big enough public profile to make it worth the effort of the RRHF to induct them. It's all about big names for them. It's sad but true.

Posted by Thee Ether Bunny on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:13pm


If X are not inducted, then I question what kind of hall of fame this actually claims to be! X are still one of the hardest working bands in the world & anyone who has been to an X gig (I've seen 12) can agree that an X concert is an experience!!! God Bless X

Posted by Lenny Bandoch on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:14pm


If X were just a great or even legendary LA punk band, I don't think that would qualify as hall-of-fame material. But 2 points factor in their induction favour: 1) they toured their butts off extensively, helping blaze a trail and forge a template for all that was "alternative" or "indie" that came later, and enjoyed more success; also influencing bands and scenes in all those N.American cities. 2) Musically, they helped expand the parameters of where bands and musicians could go, after the initial rush of loud/hard/fast punk & hardcore. They (re)integrated American roots music into the punk/alternative scene, exposing a whole new generation of young ears to new old sounds. Thus they became second-layer trailblazers for the post-punk & alt-country & rockabilly & roots music scenes that sprouted from the punk rock seeds in all these towns, not just LA. That's pretty important & groundbreaking. Their contribution (and the Kinman Bros in Dils and Rank & File for the exact same reasons) is essential to understanding much of what came afterwards in the American music scene, punk or not.

Posted by scott beadle on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:18pm


X should absolutely be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
X are one of the few bands that have had such a major, crucial impact on my life. I first saw them in 1980-81, and they made me feel reborn.
Very few bands can have that affect on a person.
Very few bands have come close to that over the years.
Thank you X.

Posted by KEITH on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:19pm


I have seen X many times, going back to 1982 and I have never been dissapointed by a single performance. The whole band is the king of cool! Well Billy Zoom is the King of Cool atleast!!!!
John Doe has the best voice ever in music and Exene what can be said about her, except she is a survivor and one of the greatest front women singers ever! And Don Bonebreak keeps a steady beat while looking calm and cool! They belong in the hall of fame!

Posted by CARNAGE on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:22pm



X should be inducted just as any other indispensable catalyst of rock and roll (Big Mama Thornton needs her props as well). We shouldn't have to vote on this, they are innovators, first-wave and still tougher than your mother-in-law.

Posted by booteny lee farnsworth on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:22pm


Since "X" is so high on the echelon of real rock/punk/art, it is obvious why they are not in yet: too ingenious for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just like it took forever for Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith to be inducted.
Smart Punk should make them qualify. They get my vote everytime!!!
Love ,Neoboy Albuquerque, New Mexico,USA!!!

Posted by neoboy on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:27pm


X is the quintessential LA band. They were incredibly influential and because of them, so many other bands were able to get a start in the music scene (Blasters, Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction).

Posted by j on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:35pm


I am a member of the Angel City Derby Girls roller derby league in Los Angeles (www.myspace.com/diannecarter) and I support the future induction of X into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the age of 16 to 24, I was a writer and photographer for "Music Connection Magazine," "LA Weekly," and "BAM" from 1984 to 1992. Craig Lee, Bud Scoppa, Dave Davis, and Kenny Kerner were my editors -- all were X fans. I witnessed, first hand, the mark X made, not only the City of Los Angeles, but generations of musicians to follow. The influence and lasting quality of X can not be overlooked.

Razzle D. Azzle #5,6,7,8

Posted by Razzle D. Azzle on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:37pm


possibly the most pure sound to ever come from L.A.

Posted by jeffrey on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:41pm


The unique combined voices of John Doe and Xene Cervenka are hauntingly etched in every Art Punk Rockers memory. why aren't they already inducted?

Posted by robbin on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:49pm


Look we all know how great X is.

But I highly doubt they'll get into the R&RHOF.


WHy?

Because the R&RHOF sucks ass. Fuck'em.

X is better off not being part of some dodgy, half-ass, fucked up institution. Even if it is a musical one. =/

Posted by Benovite on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:50pm


does a bear shit in the woods?

Posted by jl on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:57pm


Those first four records are required listening. Strangely enough the last of that batch "More Fun In The New World" is my fave. Seen them twice. Great live band. They have got my vote in spades.

Posted by Death Metal Douglas on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:07pm


politics...it was better, before before they voted for what's his name

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:10pm


Best band EVER. And a live act not to be missed, even now. Anyone who takes a serious listen to their back catalog, can not deny their talent and influence on music as a whole.

Posted by Robert on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:11pm


Duh!

Posted by Line' on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:12pm


I am a member of the Angel City Derby Girls roller derby league in Los Angeles (www.myspace.com/diannecarter) and I support the future induction of X into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the age of 16 to 24, I was a writer and photographer for "Music Connection Magazine," "LA Weekly," and "BAM" from 1984 to 1992. Craig Lee, Bud Scoppa, Dave Davis, and Kenny Kerner were my editors -- all were X fans. I witnessed, first hand, the mark X made, not only the City of Los Angeles, but generations of musicians to follow. The influence and lasting quality of X can not be overlooked.

Razzle D. Azzle #5,6,7,8

Posted by Razzle D. Azzle on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:16pm


X needs to be in the R&R HALL OF FAME!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by RAY on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:39pm


Leaving X out of the HOF would be a crime against music!

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:42pm


From every chord to every drum beat, being from LA I can say this, but that X is LA, and when you have a band that symbolizes a whole city with their music, I couldnt find any reason for them not to be part of the R&R Hall of Fame...

Posted by Al on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:48pm


X should have been inducted the first year of eligiblity. But of course, those voting are the same folks that X (and us, the fans) revolted against back in the mid 70s by creating this new, earth changing sound. And of all the bands, X is tops; in any genre, in any era. Each of their albums is a masterwork!

Posted by Louis Jacinto on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 17:49pm


The question is why haven't they yet? Fuck X is the original Los Angeles punk scene. Fuck yeah X is the greatest band ever!

<3<3<3
=E-X-E-N-E=

Posted by =E-X-E-N-E= on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 19:18pm


i compare John Doe and Xene Cervenka to johnny cash and june carter... they should be remembered as pioneers of L.A.music

Posted by jeffrey on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 19:21pm


i think X should be inducted, they are one of the forerunners of california punkthey have contributed so much over the years. if they dont make it it's a sham.....like i say " old punk never dies, it keeps on rockin" keep up the awesome work, you have a fan for life, ling

Posted by tim aka "ling" on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 20:16pm


I saw X play many times and they were a very integral part of the punk rock scene which has now exploded into a whole new form. Without bands like this, there would be no scene today.

Posted by Chandra on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 20:30pm


X is already in my "personal" Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Has been for years. Let's make it official!

Posted by Lizzie Boredom on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 21:31pm


The first time I was X was the first time Don (DJ) played drums in February of 1978. So, for soon to be 30 years they have been a major influence in my life. For me yes, they are the best Rock & Roll Band of all time. But what they are and what they have goes way beyond the amazing music, lyrics and stage performance it has to do with a very deep soul that is timeless. To this day I wake up singing X songs in my mind. Sometimes it will be "The World's A Mess It's In My Kiss", then others it will be " I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" and too many times during the day "We're Desparate" will play through my mind as everything is break- ing around me. X's songs are more happening today than when they were written. X in R&R Hall Now!!!

Posted by Frank Gargani on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 21:32pm


X helped mold Punk Rock as we know it today,they weer one of the first punk bands on the scene in the West Coast and definitely had a gravitational pull and major influence on the forming of the scene.

Posted by cha cha on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 21:53pm


They should be, but they likely won't--The Rock Hall is too concerned with selling tickets and having to pander to a broad audience.

Posted by CForce on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 22:32pm


X is what I have referred to for many years as "the greatest band far too few people have ever heard of" Critics love them, radio has never really been their home. They challenge you to actually use your brain and to pay attention to what you are hopefully listening to as opposed to hearing. X absolutely belongs in the hall of fame along the other greats who have respectively pushed the outer edge of the envelope, helping to prove music still belongs to the creative and heart-driven, as opposed to the radio that shunned them as it has become the great pasture for the mindless.

Posted by Charles on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 23:41pm


X not only kicks ass....but they are the best band to ever exsist...they are undeniably the kings and queen of rock and roll....

Posted by Q on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 00:14am


having been born in 1985, there were alot of amazing things, musically, that i had missed out on.

thank god, i discovered X early enough to have their incredible sound there while i was growing up & i was lucky enough to have seen X live when i was nineteen years old.

haha, & yes, white girl was my favorite song. "nineteen!"

rock & roll hall of fame or not... because lets face it, they dont always know a good thing when they see it....
either way, X is my favorite band of ALL time, you're impact on me was DEEP & resounding, & im obviously joined in that by many others around the country, if not the world.

we love you either way; but on the record, yeah. you deserve it. a hundred & ten percent.

with love <3<3<3 L

Posted by Lindsey A, Seattle WA on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 00:19am


X was and remains a "band that matters." The music, unheard when it was being played 20 years ago, has been heard loud and clear, and is still being played. It may take a while, but X WILL make it!

Thank you Exene, John, Bonebrake and Billy for making the music go bang!

Posted by APH on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 03:58am


The rock hall is lame, X is cool....
its hard to tell.

Posted by Ground Zero on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 05:50am


The Rock & Roll Hall of fame is a joke! Who wants X to be thrown in with a bunch of posuers and another bunch that don't even belong. Give it to the Monkees since they are so rock & roll.

X is royalty alla Jerry Lee, Eddie Cochran & the like... the real thing!

Posted by john on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 06:06am


Even now, any punk, grunge, or garage band worth listening to sites X as one of their influences. What else do you need?

Posted by Steve on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 07:03am


I cant fucking believe this is even a question!X definitely belongs in the Hall!No question about it!

Posted by Johnboy on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 08:57am


Hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!! X has been rocking my ass since I was 19 and now at 43 I can still say they are my favorite band of all time. I love X.

Posted by Donna Pugh on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 08:58am


What a no brainer THIS one is!

Posted by peter and marni on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 10:00am


Well, if Warren Zevon is not in there, could be that X will be ignored too, but give me a petition to sign!

Posted by K on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 13:21pm


X brought a new sound to punk and rock and roll in those first 4 albums.Viva X!!!

Posted by sweetjoe67 on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 14:33pm


X is fucking awesome, of course they should be inducted into the Hall of Fame although I would say that Under the Big Black Sun is much more of an essential album than Los Angeles. X rules.

Posted by Christopher Marsh on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 22:24pm


As much as I would like to think that X would get their just due, I have to say that there is no way that a band as "real" as X would ever make it into the hall of fame...

Posted by Chuck W on Friday, 10.5.07 @ 23:18pm


I would LOVE it if X got inducted! And even if they don't get in, X doesn't need validation that they are a kick ass band from the so-called R&RHOF.
I think that for the RRHOF, its more of who will generate more publicity, and get more tourists to open their wallets. Like a modern day carnival freak show in some instances. "Come on down folks, and see the two-headed, fire breathing, canibalistic, one eye'd, unicorn-head mermaid!" And you know before you walk in that its full of crap.
I'd rather have a band like X anyday in the RRHOF than some dumbass that'll settle for creative passivity and insipidness. But, this is why they will NEVER hire me and put me in charge. Probably because I would open a new branch of it and call it the Punk Rock Hall of Fame: Rockin out harder, faster, and crazier! I'd put put a giant toilet on the outside at one side of the door of the building with a sign that says "Leave all your bullshit here!" On the other side, I would put a bigass pile of sticks, twigs, and whatnot with a sign that says "Don't be fodder. Speak your mind!"
LoL But I'm an artist. Im eclectic, eccentric, and plain nuts sometimes.

Posted by psychogirlie on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 05:03am


congratlatins, X fan(s). as soon as this stops, the count is pretty much guaranteed to be reset!

Posted by liam on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 07:24am


My dad first took me to see X when I was 14, suffice to say, he got me hooked...since then, I have him & X to thank for getting me into punk music. So thanks John, Exene, Billy, D.J. & Dad! X deserves to be in the hall of fame o' rock n roll!

XoXoX

Posted by Harmony on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 16:08pm


X's first three albums are mind blowing and their 4th is pretty good as well. That's more than you can say about 99.9% of bands. X's style had a unique mix of punk, rockabily and poetic artiness I have never heard previously or since. Of course they should be inducted.

Posted by David on Sunday, 10.7.07 @ 18:39pm


For the love of music induct X!

Posted by melissa on Monday, 10.8.07 @ 09:49am


SHOULD be is not the same as will be. They're knuckleheads on that board. And X was never signed to Sire Records. I'll cross my fingers but I won't hold my breath.

Posted by not unpreposterous on Wednesday, 10.10.07 @ 18:28pm


Hall of Fame and Halls of Justice, dammit.

Posted by Denise Demise on Saturday, 10.13.07 @ 20:01pm


X is one of the most influential bands of all time, the definitely deserve to be in.

Posted by Lee on Wednesday, 10.17.07 @ 09:06am


I don't know if they will, I think they should. But they are kind of obscure for that. I'm doing a research paper on punk, and I've only found them in a Rolling Stone book and a strange rock chronology, where there was one mention of X and one quote from John Doe. They seem underrated because they are in my opinion one of rock's elite. Maybe they're underrated because they are from L.A. Noone really seems to care about L.A. punk which is sad because we had a great scene.

Posted by Merk on Thursday, 10.18.07 @ 16:48pm


X opened my eyes to punk, and now I'm full blown. I didn't understand punk until I turned 20 when I saw them live. I thought they were strange but amazing, they still are strange and amazing. They consistently have the BEST live performances.

Posted by Merk on Thursday, 10.18.07 @ 16:54pm


you can't have XXX without X from Los Angeles!

Posted by dirty love on Tuesday, 10.23.07 @ 21:00pm


I was raised listening to X!!!!! Their the Godfathers of the L.A. Punk music and scene!!! I love the chemistry that Exene and John have together when they sing. DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom kick ass as well. These cats deserve to and should be inducted. More than a quarter of a century later and they are all still rockin on!!!!

Posted by east los rani on Tuesday, 10.23.07 @ 21:11pm


I was raised listening to X!!!!! They're the Godfathers of the L.A. Punk music and scene!!! I love the chemistry that Exene and John have together when they sing. DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom kick ass as well. These cats deserve to and should be inducted. More than a quarter of a century later and they are all still rockin on!!!!

Posted by east los rani on Tuesday, 10.23.07 @ 21:11pm


X is Rock & Roll ... nuff said! ~ Chicka

Posted by Chicka on Tuesday, 10.23.07 @ 23:31pm


Donīt ever forget the massive impact X also had, and still have in Europe! Please, come back and play!!!

Posted by Anders Hansson on Wednesday, 10.24.07 @ 00:50am


They SHOULD be. But I have very little faith that they will be. Somebody, please prove me wrong! Induct them NOW!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because I believe they certainly deserve it! Good luck John, Exene, Billy & D.J.. I'm on your side.

Posted by Traci on Wednesday, 10.24.07 @ 01:40am


HELL YES THEY SHOULD, X IS ROCK AND ROLL WITH OR WITHOUT THE "FAME"......NOT ONLY THAT BUT THEY SAVED MY LIFE, HOW MANY OTHER BANDS ACTUALLY SAVE LIVES? IF THEY DON'T GET INDUCTED THE HALL OF SHAME CAN GO TO HELL.

Posted by felix epperson on Wednesday, 10.24.07 @ 09:38am


OF COURSE THEY BETTER BE INDUCTED!!!! And I want to be there to see it! :)

Posted by veetha on Wednesday, 10.24.07 @ 10:28am


The music of the late 70's was killing me, then I saw X... Thanks for keeping me alive for 30 years!

Posted by Todd on Thursday, 10.25.07 @ 14:35pm


"X" is the sound of L.A. they are the sum of the development of alternative rock. From their early punk releases to the covers of "Wild thing"(frankly the best version in my opinion) to their rockabilly sound in "Wreckin ball" and "Burning house of love". They are to L.A. what Nirvana is to Seattle. Just my opinion.

Posted by Dave the Wave on Friday, 10.26.07 @ 22:39pm


I was voting for X before voting for X was cool. >_>

Posted by Kit on Saturday, 10.27.07 @ 01:33am


"They are to L.A. what Nirvana is to Seattle. Just my opinion."-Dave

That can be taken negatively, you know.

Posted by William on Saturday, 10.27.07 @ 03:33am


Blows my mind (sortta) that they're not already there, imo- it speaks volumes about the hall of (so called fame) to me it's almost criminal.

I've had the GOOD FORTUNE of seeing this band almost from the begining and they hold a special place in my head and heart.. Lets not forget all the bands that THEY introduced. Thanks -X-

It would be nice to see in our lifetimes!!!

Whats that about unheard music? ... No kidding.

Posted by Liz on Tuesday, 11.6.07 @ 23:34pm


X was one of the few (if not the only) band from the early 80's punk scene to sell over 100,000 copies of their first 3 albums. Despite what the spin doctors at the RRHOF say, sales does matter. Carving your own rock n roll identity comes in a distant second. My fear is that X will get into the Hall Of Fame, but only after one or more members of the band pass away first. This is what happened to Frank Zappa and Velvet Underground, pioneers that had one or more members live to see their musical accomplishments validated. Sorry if I'm morbid and I sure as hell hope I'm wrong. This seems to be the voting pattern though.

Posted by qoz on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 18:00pm


Without question, shit ask Ray Manzerick.

Posted by colby imus on Sunday, 12.16.07 @ 11:08am


I think voting for the X band on the Internet is a so wierd.The band represents the essence of true bare post-punk sound and performance, much greater than the thing on concrete or thier name in the hall of fame, but it is very important to acknowledge their influence.

Jelena, Eastern Europe

Posted by jelena on Sunday, 12.23.07 @ 04:26am


As time goes on, the true significance of Punk is as important in R&R history as the summer of love was. X represented not only punk and thr influence it had and continues to have on good musicians ans songwriters, but a band who gave a shit about putting thought back into music. With all of the junk that was popular in the 70's and 80's, thoughtful music was rarely found among it. So in a similar vein to the Velvet Underground, X were interested in making art and something new - which they did over and over again. If you think about the phrase "warts and all" X made the warts look good and told the truth about true love - that it's the devil's crowbar. If that ain't rock and roll that speaks to everyone I don't know what is...

Posted by Real Child of Hell on Monday, 12.31.07 @ 12:45pm


If you're not from LA, then you have no idea of how powerful X is. Much like the Standell's "Dirty Water"- X's "Los Angeles" captures the pure spirit of the people of Southern California. They really are one of the most important bands to come form LA, ever. As important as the Doors or Love or the Beach Boys or the Germs or Guns N Roses or Jane's Addiction. I know people love X all over the world, but they are LA. And I think that in order to truly document Rock N Roll you need bands like X, Black Flag, the Minutemen and Social Distortion to be inducted into the Hall of Fame; or else there is not an accurate representation of the evolution of popular music in Los Angeles. X helped pave the way for the 90's "grunge" explosion, and for that they need to be represented. Without bands like X and radio stations like KROQ, the world of popular music would be completely different today.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 01.8.08 @ 21:03pm


Should bloody well think so.
Can't really imagine music without them.
X

Posted by Venus Bogardus on Wednesday, 01.16.08 @ 03:51am


Great band and highly influential. I never understood how they didn't break bigger than they did.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 01.16.08 @ 06:44am


X is and has been a major inspiration to many apiring artist. They carried the Rockabilly torch through the LA Punk scene and have remained Timeless. I have met 18 yr old musicians who are thrilled with their unique sound.
They deserve the reckognition that many others really have not deserved but recieved anyway.

Posted by Jon on Thursday, 03.27.08 @ 18:37pm


I am appalled that X has never even been nominated, let alone inducted, into the Hall.
They are to the West Coast what the Ramones were to the East Coast. The consistency
of their output (especially their Zoom-era output) is uniformly top-notch. I can think of
no other rock & roll outfit that deserves induction more than X.

Posted by Ron W. on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 10:22am


I can't believe we are discussing whether or not X deserves this honor. Of course they do.X has influenced many of the current inductees and probably future ones.Along with the Ramones , X was a pioneer in American music, not just the punk scene.I firmly believe that X should be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we all should do what we can to fulfill this mission.Let's give X the credit they deserve.Thank you.

Posted by Doug on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 13:15pm


The RRHoF needs to pull their heads out of their asses! Put X first on the list! Period.

Posted by Art of Art Gone Wrong on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 14:00pm


I would love to see an X show, even if it is nearly thirty years after the fact. 1) Because it's the type of music that leads to a wicked live atmosphere & 2) They have extremely dedicated fans that would be way into it.

I wholeheartedly endorse X for the Rock Hall of Fame and feel they're one of the Top 50 eligible snubs.

Posted by Casper on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 15:08pm


The HoF is never going to get it. I have to agree with Casper, X is definitely one of the bigger omissions.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 16:36pm


X deserves this recognition. They've paid their dues and this is long overdue.

Posted by Meg on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 19:57pm


Since 1980 my Sophmore year in H.S. I have been addicted to X. My first X gig was at Perkins Palace in Pasadena California 1980 & the rest are ever lasting impressions on my mind.

Every show I see is eXplosive.

INDUCT, INDUCT, INDUCT!

Posted by BRUISER on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 20:58pm


With the exception of the Ramones, and possibly REM, X remains the most influential (and under-appreciated) American band of the past 30 years. Their blend of American roots music, punk rock savvy, and literary social commentary is rivaled only by Dylan's early work. Their music is as startling and vital today as when it was recorded, maybe even more so.

X left an indelible impression on every west coast band that followed and Exene's fashion sensibility was even aped by Madonna on MTV. Unfortunately, a patently commercial enterprise like the R&R Hall of Fame is more concerned with the number of records sold rather than the quality of the music. In their prime, X recorded six masterpiece albums that didn't sell particularly well. By comparison, three of the bands X influenced- Pearl Jam, Guns n Roses and Nirvana, each recorded exactly one great album that sold a ton. Guess who gets into the hall of fame?

It's like Groucho said: "I wouldn't want to join any club that would have me as a member."

Posted by JD Shuman on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 22:19pm


I have never heard of this band 'X'. When you click on wikipedia you read about all sorts of iterations of X, but nothing about a band.

I'm sure they exist, however. Will have to get an album & check them out.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 08.29.08 @ 05:40am


Paul - You will be glad that you did.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 08.29.08 @ 05:50am


In these days of disposable music/artists with a shelf-life of maybe six months, a band like X should already be in the Hall of Fame. They have lasted and been a huge influence on a wide spectrum of bands and singers. There is no question in my mind- induction now!

Posted by Teddy Mileski on Friday, 08.29.08 @ 06:08am


Paul, here is the Wikipedia link to X.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_(U.S._band)

Posted by FRL on Friday, 08.29.08 @ 07:39am


FRH, thank's for the link.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 08.29.08 @ 11:04am


X is a must for the HOF!!! As one of the greatest influences in music it is absolutely MANDATORY!!!!!!!

Not only are they influencial musically but in style!! Truly a rock and roll original!!


Posted by Dan on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:44pm


What about X-Japan ? ( or hide? )

Posted by Albert Bruce on Thursday, 01.28.10 @ 06:26am


Y?

And more importantly, why do THE FARTZ not have a page on this site? Surely the're more worth discussion than most of the crap people are talking about these days.

Posted by Ralph on Thursday, 06.3.10 @ 13:15pm


Because the Fartz were a crappy, provocatively named and lightweight punk act that were only famous because they were Duff McKagan's first band. X on the other hand were INFINITELY more innovative, influential and important. Next.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 06.3.10 @ 14:32pm


i think that if we can interpret the "Y?" part, he's not necessarily advocating the Fartz. He's just saying they're better than x

its a backhanded insult to a band who isn't nearly as good or as influential as their fanboys believe. i'm guessing Ralph wouldn't believe x is important at all

Posted by jimbob on Thursday, 06.3.10 @ 14:59pm


Not influential? I think the Pixies, Social Distortion, Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, the Breeders and countless others disagree with you Jimbob. As for not good, that's kind of subjective but they were awesome, and I'm not really an X "fanboy", if they exist.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 06.3.10 @ 15:21pm


I predict X will be elected in 2015!

Posted by Brandon Kline on Saturday, 04.20.13 @ 17:15pm


And let's not forget Ray Manzarek's contribution to the LA punk scene with his production work on Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 05.20.13 @ 19:21pm


X still suffers from the same problem they had back in the day -- the music industry missed the boat on the entire LA punk scene and flat out refused to play any of it. Instead they went for AC/DC, Rush, Van Halen and a slew of British bands like the Clash, Police, Pretenders and a big whatever of new wave stuff. And look how long it took Rush to get in!!! Insane, considering Rush's legacy - but then, the industry hated Rush for years. X is one of the greatest American bands ever, yet the music industry NEVER recognized them, so what are the chances of them getting an apology now?

X sang - "Will the last American band to get played on the radio please bring the flag? Please bring the flag!"

Then, "what about Black Flag, what about the Circle Jerks?"

Nothing has changed since the early 1980s for X. Green Day will be in the HOF years and years before the industry remembers X even existed, and the industry will think they will be giving a nod to punk when Green Day gets their little statue things. Same shame as it always was.

Posted by JDM on Tuesday, 05.28.13 @ 04:37am


X still suffers from the same problem they had back in the day -- the music industry missed the boat on the entire LA punk scene and flat out refused to play any of it. Instead they went for AC/DC, Rush, Van Halen and a slew of British bands like the Clash, Police, Pretenders and a big whatever of new wave stuff. And look how long it took Rush to get in!!! Insane, considering Rush's legacy - but then, the industry hated Rush for years. X is one of the greatest American bands ever, yet the music industry NEVER recognized them, so what are the chances of them getting an apology now?

X sang - "Will the last American band to get played on the radio please bring the flag? Please bring the flag!"

Then, "what about Black Flag, what about the Circle Jerks?"

Nothing has changed since the early 1980s for X. Green Day will be in the HOF years and years before the industry remembers X even existed, and the industry will think they will be giving a nod to punk when Green Day gets their little statue things. Same shame as it always was.



Posted by JDM on Tuesday, 05.28.13 @ 04:37am
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Agreed.

Some of the bands you list Are worthy of induction. However, if I'm taking your Rush comments correctly, then you knew what a travesty it was that they weren't elected earlier. I assume you feel that way about at least two or three of the others you listed.

You are completely right about missing L.A. You might see a bit of a breakthrough, though. There' going to be a slow but steady realization that a lot of the 80's hasn't been recognized in the next few yrs. I personally believe that the surviving members of Nirvana will call out the Hall in regards to Sonic Youth, the Pixies, or both of them. It might be an initial necessary breakthrough. Don't forget, Pearl Jam was famous for covering the Dead Boys "Sonic Reducer", from right around the period that X was at it's peak.

The Hall has pretty much blown it in terms of electing 80's bands during the period they were first eligible. A lot of these groups should've been inducted two or three yrs. ago, when the 80's were still front & center for upcoming classes. That's the Hall's fault there. It's going to take a 90's boomerang effect to get the job done now, though it's still possible. I have a feeling you will see X inducted. It may just take another two or three yrs. to get there.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 05.28.13 @ 06:20am


JDM, all those bands you listed above (AC/DC, Rush, Police, Clash, etc.) are pretty damn good bands, Green Day too.

Could be they were just better than X.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 05.28.13 @ 07:39am


nah man,no way is Green Day better.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 05.28.13 @ 08:05am


Always liked X. But I don't see a basis for them getting inducted. Then again, I didn't see Laura Nyro either.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 05.29.13 @ 19:15pm


Heh, heh. X is/was a great band (I like the version with Billy Zoom). But they never really got past L.A. And I'm sure most of the comments about them being snubbed are by people who live or lived in L.A. People from L.A. are in their own world where everything revolves around L.A. And for the most part, X never made it out of that ghetto. Consequently, X isn't going to get the notariaty they need to be inducted.

Posted by Zee Rox on Friday, 06.21.13 @ 17:08pm


The defining band of a seminal scene. If the Sex Pistols and the Ramones are in, X deserves to be in.

Posted by pu5erfish on Thursday, 01.16.14 @ 19:01pm


X really deserves nomination for RRHOF. Listening to X,they have a way of getting into your skin & staying there for years. Just a great LA punk band. Exene & Johnny Doe rocked in late 70's early 80's & still do in the present day.

It will help X that Debbie Harry & Blondie were inducted as well as other bands of the era. They might be able to give X a voice when it comes to selection & nomination time.

Wish X received more mainstream radio play over the years & critical acclaim from the media. Like many of the posters here,I hope X finds a way in RRHOF. Earned it. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 01.29.14 @ 20:45pm


Eventually, they will.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 23:31pm


Joan Jett was kind enough to thank X in her acceptance speech at the HOF. It is a criminal injustice that such a creative, intelligent and talented band has not been honored.

Posted by Tim on Friday, 06.5.15 @ 19:44pm


So I bought the first two and last two albums by X, and one thing has been consistent in my listening: Exene's harmony vocals sound slightly off, yet not quite off-key. Can anybody identify the harmonic structure she uses in a lot of X songs? I'm wondering if she's singing a seventh above John's lead vocals.

Favorite song from the four albums: "Surprise, Surprise", which will piss off a lot of the hardcore X fans, as it's from See How We Are. Kind of wished she had stayed in a major tonality with her vocals on that track though. They might have been able to achieve that commercial success that Billy Zoom was looking for if she had, and if they'd promoted that track more.

Posted by Philip, on Saturday, 09.26.15 @ 22:26pm


I wanted to post a reminder of the genius of the Moody Blues and how they impacted Prog Rock. I took this from Wikipedia..they summed it up really well:
Procession" is a 1971 song by The Moody Blues, and it is the opening track on their album Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. It is their only song to have been co-written by all five members of the band.

For the most part, "Procession" is an instrumental song, with the exception of its three spoken words: "desolation", "creation", and "communication". These words, as well as other words ending in "-ation" also appear on the album track "One More Time to Live."

"Procession" basically describes the history of music from the beginning of time up to the present. It begins with synthesized electronic sounds, which is then followed by the sound effects of wind, rain and thunder. This part represents "desolation" and "creation." At the end of this part, the piano (played by Mike Pinder) plays the notes E-G-B-D-F, which stands for the album's title Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, which is a phrase to help musicians remember the notes on the treble clef.

The song continues with the sound of prehistoric drums, and all of the band members (including Edge) chanting "Aum" in a prehistoric style. This represents the idea of "communication."

The song then goes on to describes different development in music. This begins with a flute and sitar duet, played by Ray Thomas and Justin Hayward, respectively. This is followed by a flute and mellotron duet, played by Thomas and Mike Pinder, respectively. Pinder then plays a short harpsichord solo, and a synthesizer solo. The song then ends with an electric guitar and bass guitar duet, played by Hayward and John Lodge, respectively.
Take a few minutes and really listen to this again.. in your mind put yourself back to 1971. This band influenced Prog. rock for the rest of time...including Yes,Rush and probably ELO and other artists...
I remember the summer of 1975 when I got two extra speakers and a "Good" set of ear phones...A gift from my parents so I could play "my music" in quiet..little did they know...
The Moodies need to be inducted into the RRHOF for 2016... I want to see all five of the core play together once more in a jam..perhaps with ELO or with Ian Anderson(Tull). The MB toured with the Beatles in the early days, so Ringo and Paul can join in the fun! The harmony with Duran Duran would make magic. Mike came to a MB show this year and he and Ray worked with John on his new release. I want them to play again before it is too late.. I hate when to NOM COMM miss a chance as in Joe Cocker and Ben E King...very sad..

Posted by Sue on Saturday, 09.26.15 @ 23:06pm


X is probably the best "punk" band to ever grace my petty ears. They provide the poetic sustenance I need, with fast, hard, chordal rock and roll. This is a definite necessity for the rock hall.

Posted by jdog on Tuesday, 12.15.15 @ 14:30pm


One badass band.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 12.16.15 @ 07:11am


This band are the essential 'Godfathers' of the American Punk/New Wave scene.

Lauded and produced by none other than Ray Manzerek of the Doors, this band has been the key influence of rock n roll inductees Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Green Day. All in the hall, all, who owe their passions and success to the Rock & Roll Originals, and still the best, X !

Posted by TGreen on Tuesday, 12.22.15 @ 14:37pm


X and Bob Mould are probably the two most influential and serious omissions from the RRHOF. Without them you don't get bands like Green Day, etc.

Posted by Amir on Wednesday, 04.20.16 @ 16:58pm


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