X - More Fun in the New World 2002 Reissue
X - More Fun in the New World
Elektra 1983 / Rhino / Wea 2002 Remastered Issue
01. The New World
02. We're Having Much More Fun
03. True Love
04. Poor Girl
05. Make the Music Go Bang
06. Breathless - X, Blackwell, Otis
07. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
08. Devil Doll
09. Painting the Town Blue
10. Hot House
11. Drunk in My Past
12. I See Red
13. True Love, Pt. 2
14. Poor Girl
15. True Love, Pt. 2
16. Devil Doll
17. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
Although Exene Cervenka and John Doe should be remembered as the most influential punk songwriting team, they remain a cult favorite.
Oh well, that hardly diminishes the lasting impact of More Fun in the New World. Released as a follow-up to 1982's earth-shattering Under the Big Black Sun, this CD catches the grimy Los Angeles quartet at the height of its power, lashing out at Reagan's increasingly synthetic and sodden America and turning a blind eye to the emerging new wave scene that would soon overrun their city.
Songs like "True Love" and "Hot House" are essentially timeless, reaching back to the very heart of rock & roll's primal roots with appropriately ravenous production by former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, while looking forward with their widescreen melodies.
If it wasn't for X we would have never had the Go-Go's, the Pixies, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, or the White Stripes. And that would be a sad world, indeed. (Aidin Vaziri)
X had a pitch perfect four album run in the early 80's - Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun, and then More Fun in The New World were gifts to the music world. They're punk/ beat/ rockability explosions that each took a different foray into the ethos and assertion of rock at its most furious. More Fun had moments of great politics, like "The New World," the fist-pumping opener sung from the persona of a drunk who can't get booze on election day. But it also groped at painful emotions made only more painful in their constructions - "The Hot House" sings of romantic malaise under an ironically bounceable beat, and "I See Red" may be the loudest I-caught-you-cheating song ever recorded. John Doe and Exene Cervenka always had a slithering chemistry in their voices and writing that made them thrilling cohorts, and More Fun marked the last time the band had a creative vision. After this record, they made an unsettling couple of studio-friendly record, but this album proved this was the period where they were having much more fun. (E. Kutinsky at Amazon)
This cd represents an end of an era for X - it is the last of the classic, harder edged punk studio performances. The songs are brash, aggressive, and catchy.
Exene and John have a great acerbic sense of humor, which sparkles on songs like "The New World" and "True Love".
"Devil Doll" is one of my favorite X rockers; "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" is one of X's best ballads. There are no low points here.
Turn up the volume, let it rip, wake up the neighbors. It doesn't get much better than this. (umze at Amazon)
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