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Live @ The Roundhouse London 2008

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Seminal punk band X-Ray Spex release a special live CD/DVD recorded at a 2008 sell-out concert at The Roundhouse through new future noise music imprint Year Zero. X-Ray Spex's first live outing since 1979, this performance of their classic album Germ Free Adolescents saw Poly Styrene and bassist Paul Dean joined by friends Sid Truelove (anarcho-punk drummer with Rubella Ballet and Flux Of Pink Indians), Gt. Saxby (former guitarist with Arnold, signed to Creation Records and Poptones) and Flash (sax player formerly with Rip Rig & Panic, Jah Wobble, Don Cherry and The Slits) at London's Roundhouse in front of 3,000 raucous fans. In 1976, X-Ray Spex were formed by Poly Styrene placing an ad in NME and Melody Maker for "Young Punx Who Want To Stick It Together." For a generation sifting through the wreckage left by punk rock, X-Ray Spex truly turned our world day-glo. The combination of tough, razor sharp riffs, kooky sax lines and Poly Styrene's wonderful voice and genius lyrics tearing into plastic consumerist society were perfect. Their 1978/1979 stay was all too brief -- a handful of memorable hit singles: "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" then "The Day The World Turned Day-Glo" followed by the anthemic "Identity" with its genius B-side "Let's Submerge," and the more atmospheric "Germ Free Adolescents" before the final spring 1979 release of "Highly Inflammable." Versions of all these songs are featured here, alongside previously-unreleased new track "Bloody War." X-Ray Spex transcended punk, influencing a whole new scene of indie kids and post-Riot Grrrl rockers like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Gossip. The band's innate genius and brilliant songwriting makes them as relevant now as they were then and they are the rarest of things -- a group that has never dated. Also includes an edited version of Poly Styrene's as-yet unpublished Diary Of The 70s. Housed in a special hard-case digi-book packaging. NTSC Region 0 DVD format; approx. running time: 66 minutes.