Monday, January 16, 2006


My theory is that the fumes from a burning Cuyahoga River affected brain chemistry of Cleveland's youth. The result is some demented and damaged art punk along the lines of Pere Ubu, Electric Eels, Styrenes, etc. Not to be overlooked is X-X (or X blank X), who featured former Electric Eel guitarist John Morton on vocals and guitar. The backstory of the band is unknown to me. All I know is that X-X released two singles on local label Drome (famous for releasing some of the Pagans 7"s). The first was released in 1979 and is the better of the two and includes KBD #9 hit "You're Full of Shit" (originally an Electric Eels track). The second 7" was circa 1980 and includes another Eels outcast "No Nonsense". All are noisy, skronky lo-fi treasures.

First 7"
X-X - A.mp3
X-X - You're Full of Shit.mp3

Second 7"
X-X - No Nonsense.mp3
X-X - Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns.mp3

>pics from Henry Weld's indispensible Discography of American Punk
> Battle of the Electric Eel's websites: Brian McMahon vs John Morton