Generation X – Your Generation // Day By Day (Chrysalis Records) 1977. A lot of people discovered punk rock via Generation X. Not me….but a lot of people. I was in Junior High when Rebel Yell hit and it was definitely an MTV pop-culture sensation. In order to cash in, Camelot Records at the local mall started stocking LPs by Billy’s old band Generation X. Now Generation X were always a pop-leaning combo with some pinup-worthy band members so they didn’t have a hard time catching on with the image hungry suburban new wave kids of 1983. I’ve often wondered how many kids started with Generation X and moved into other things like I did with The Sex Pistols. Probably not that many.
To, to those of us who were already punk rockers, Billy was a difficult subject to tackle. We could all agree that Rebel Yell, Eyes Without a Face and all that shit sucked. Billy was a very blatant case of “selling out”. But some of us, if we were honest with ourselves, thought the White Wedding video was pretty cool and even though we thought Billy Idol was a tool, it was hard not to love the early Generation X tracks. I heard the band the first time on Burning Ambitions which as long time readers know, was my introduction to punk, playing the A-Side of this single and it stood equally alongside other class of 77′ acts like Wire, ATV and X- Ray Spex. Your Generation is like a glam version of The Ramones which is probably exactly what they were going for. It is an amazingly cool punk rock track and the B-Side is no slouch either. It’s all freakin’ cotton candy for the ears.