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Wild Gift

XAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Slash
  • ASIN: B00005NTQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Once Over Twice
2. We're Desperate
3. Adult Books
4. Universal Corner
5. I'm Coming Over
6. It's Who You Know
7. In This House That I Call Home
8. Some Other Time
9. White Girl
10. Beyond And Back
11. Back 2 The Base
12. When Our Love Passed Out On The Couch
13. Year 1
14. Beyond And Back (Live)
15. Blue Spark (Demo)
16. We're Desperate (Single Version)
17. Back 2 The Base (Live)
18. Heater (Rehearsal)
19. White Girl (Single Mix)
20. The Once Over Twice (Unissued Single Mix)

Editorial Reviews

Though a small handful of its 13 songs predate Los Angeles, X's second album represents a giant leap forward for the band. Wild Gift stands as one of the 1980s' most fully realized rock & roll LPs. John Doe and Exene Cervenka bring altogether more personal and biting lyrics to the mic, making for riveting, curiosity-promoting performances. ("If I wrote a song like 'White Girl,'" Doe tells critic Kristine McKenna in this remaster's liner notes, "there was an unspoken pact that this may happen, but I love you more.") From the metallic riff of "It's Who You Know" to the surf-wise lines of "In This House That I Call Home," guitarist Billy Zoom is given freer rein, while drummer D.J. Bonebrake fuses the Ramones and Beefheart to enduring effect on "We're Desperate" (improved from an early single version by a slight lyric change). And "Back 2 the Base" and "Year 1" stand out as two of the most complex statements about punk's icon-smashing impulses ever. The 45-rpm take of "We're Desperate" is included here, along with six other bonus tracks. Shut up and smoke. --Rickey Wright

Product Description

This raw rocker from '81-X's last independent release-is nothing short of a classic. LA's rockabilly-fueled punk heroes do their instant classics White Girl and We're Desperate plus The Once Over Twice; Adult Books , and more including bonus demos and alternate versions!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild March 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Although otherwise sophisticated and astoundingly knowledgeable on matters of music, most people I know in this corner of Europe have never even heard of X, to say nothing of being familiar with any of their albums or songs (many were also surprised by the fact that ex-Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek acted as producer for a punk band). So I was only too happy to shell out the shipping costs to order this CD (all my cassettes long since lost or permanently `borrowed') to enlighten friends, acquaintances and other music lovers. "Wild Gift" is probably the most standard X album, and the bonus tracks on this edition are a really good supplement to the original tracks. Although not as hardcore as other U.S. punk legends like the Ramones or Dead Kennedys, X's early works from the late `70s and early `80s still sound fresh and relevant.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite X album April 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite X album. Every song is perfect, or very near close to being perfect! Great lyrics, great music! This has many of the best songs X ever wrote, including "The Once Over Twice", "White Girl", "In This House That I Call Home", ect. I notice some of the x-tra songs have already been included on the X anthology. X were the best American punk band, ever. A punk band that managed to pull off being romantic and poetic. But never cheesy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That Wild Los Angeles Sound December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If the chaotic howl of LOS ANGELES was up your alley then you're sure to get some more kicks from WILD GIFT. Again, the legendary L.A. punks plod along like wild stallions with their patented formula of dissonant harmony, hit and run rockabilly guitar-slinging, and a rockbed of unbridled rhythm. The approach remains much the same with the exception of a few new tricks such as the cha-cha-ish "Adult Books," which remains an X classic. Other standouts include the riotous "We're Desperate," the sexy chug of "Universal Corner," and the lightning strike that is "Beyond and Back." This re-packaged edition comes complete with some incendiary live performances and some exciting, though decidedly rough, demo takes. A notable bonus is the album booklet with an insightful essay, track analysis, and nifty photos. While WILD GIFT does not have quite the impact of the seminal LOS ANGELES, it still delivers a ferocious punch and proves to be equally unbridled and nearly as essential.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild gift you should be proud to own October 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
X is one of the great underappreciated bands of all time. Seeing as this is their best album, means that Wild Gift is one of the most underappreciated albums of all time. I discovered X in 1985, 4 years after this album came out. In the past 16 years this album has comforted me through break ups, unrequited love, hardtimes, and hangovers. Exene's film noir gone bad persona, John Doe's everyman charisma, and Billy Zoom just being one of the coolest dudes alive gave X the best front line in the business. Every track is excellent, but pay extra attention to "In This House That I Call Home," "Were Desperate," "White Girl," "When our Love Passed out on the Couch," and "Year 1." The remastered tracks are excellent, they are heads above the "Los Angeles/Wild Gift" CD that Slash put out years ago. A rock legend like Ray Manzerek believed in X years ago, any lover of rock music/poetry/American lives would be wise to do the same.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta get back to the basics December 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Another ace 2001 reissue from long-lost El Lay lovers John Doe and Exene Cervenka, who catalog the travails of sex and dying in high society with wit, wisdom and a tragic desperation that mixes up the Doors, rockabilly riffs and locomotive-breath rhythmic propulsion to make their music eminently go bang, as well as squish, groan and scream. When it comes to raunchy romantic relationships, "The Once Over Twice," "White Girl," "Adult Books" and "When Our Love Passed Out On The Couch" are as seminal as they (er) come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely no Second Album Slump November 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the biggest impressions I got from this album on first hearing is that it's much sadder than their debut. One quick comparison of the dangerhouse/rough mix of Adult Books on LA and the album release on Wild Gift will bear this out. However, John Doe's bouncy bass lines (In This House That I Call Home) nicely balance out some of the more down songs. and Exene and John's harmonies are too die for. is there any band better than X at mixing rockabilly, punk and country? I don't think so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And to Think John Doe became an actor. May 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Emerging out of the early 80's punk scene X was much more talented then their punk brethren. Poet Exene Cervenka and John Doe's slightly off key harmonies somehow add the missing ingredient into the mixture of pop punk and pure rock and roll. Similarities to Beefheart and the Ramones cannot go unnoticed, but with lyrics like "I'll replace your drunk old man" (White Girl) it's suffice to say they have lyrically matured from the first album. "When Our Love Passed Out On The Couch" exemplifies what everyone has felt when a relationship goes sour. Get out your Docs and skank around the couch as the neighbors downstairs call the cops.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories of my teen angst January 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this CD again after ten years was complete and blissful nostalgia. I went back to 15 years old...the oddball kid in 9th grade who put a little X in eyeliner on her temple and shoulder. There are a lot of great tracks and from 15 to 35 I still absolutely love this band. True survivor's of the eventual overflow of punk bands from L.A...their music still endures in a way that no other band from that era could compare to. Exene Cervinka was a true poet of her generation and although she lacked in vocal qualities...she more than makes up for it with her passion and her lyrics. I consider her the angry & confused feminine mind in an almost completely male oriented genre. John Doe's vocals are unsurpassed and the band as a whole without sounding too polished were definately the definative punk band of the time with actual musical capabilities along with the frustration and angst about a myriad of topics including being young and married which I don't think was a particularly normal subject in the punk idealism but it fits well with this band and they were doing what was meant to be done...telling the truth, no matter how ugly or unattractive it sounded to the general public. I let my 11 year old listen to the age appropriate tracks on this CD and he even found it inspiring. Soul Kitchen was his favorite track and and he was utterly fascinated that it was a remake from a 1960's band called The Doors. The Doors, who? My son is a musician; he plays trumpet, drums and is a beginning to learn electric guitar inspired completely to take on this instrument by Kurt Cobain. He plays Jazz but I have been digging through my head to find many different forms of music for him to appreciate. His latest fascination is with early albums by The Police...which I also highly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic L.A. Punk
From Billy Zoom's rockabilly licks to the dual harmonies of Exene Cervenka and John Doe to the SOLID drumming from DJ this Ray Manzerek produced classic is a must listen for anyone... Read more
Published 7 months ago by weirdwartales
X –formed in 1977 with John Doe on bass and vocals; Billy Zoom, guitars; D. J. Bonebrake, drums; and Exxene Cervenka, vocals—may be the best rock band to emerge from the fertile... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Keymer
4.0 out of 5 stars x-punked
X is a legend of punk and an institution of LA's underground music and this record is one of the many evidences of this.
Published 12 months ago by andrada
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
I purchased "Live in Los Angeles", "Wild Gift", "Under the Big Black Sun" and "Los Angeles"; This review covers all 4. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled to score this on vinyl
One of my all-time favorite bands. I ordered this when I was snowed in this winter. Love hearing them on vinyl.
Published 16 months ago by R. Endsley
5.0 out of 5 stars X-cellent Songs
For me, this remains the best album that X ever recorded. I always liked the sound of the band; punk energy combined with a pop sensibility, and the unique vocal interplay between... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE ALL TIME BEST!
Having been born and raised in and around Los Angeles, I had listened to some KROQ back in the early eighties, and probably heard "White Girl" and "Los Angeles" on there. Read more
Published on July 29, 2012 by Wellermate
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour
Of all of the X albums, this one is my favorite. But better yet, I like the CD that includes their first and second albums all on one CD... Read more
Published on May 10, 2011 by SedgeHawks
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic album, and really get the version with the extra tracks if you're a fan. For the casual listener to 'basic' version will do.
Published on December 18, 2010 by M. Buisman
THIS was the Years "BEST" by Time Magazine! TRULY a great American Music milestone. The "USA version of London Calling".
These kids were ORIGINAL as hell. Read more
Published on June 13, 2008 by Brad Moseley
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