The Los Angeles-based band X helped pioneer the first wave of American punk. Founded in 1977, the group would go on to become a flag-bearing act of the Los Angeles punk scene, building a name for itself with explosive live shows that highlighted the band's natural performance ability. Though the group released its debut LP, Los Angeles, in 1980s, the band's real breakthrough came in 1981 with the follow-up effort, Wild Gift--an album that would go on to top several noted music publications' year end "best of" lists. Though X would remain inactive for a period of time after 1993, stuck in a state of motionless lethargy, the group reunited in the mid-2000s and ever since, the band has maintained a somewhat sporadic touring schedule.
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