Punk Band Generation X: Your Generation.
Generation X Play Eric’s Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool (© Hilary Steele)
Generation X were one of my favourite British Punk bands, and they receive numerous mentions in my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!
I also really enjoyed seeing them play at Eric’s club on Mathew Street, Liverpool in 1979, which is where the superb photos accompanying this article were taken by Hilary Steele.
Named after a 1965 sociology book, a copy of which was owned by the then-lead singer Billy Idol’s mother, the band released their first single, “Your Generation” in September, 1977.
I remember seeing them perform the song on Marc Bolan’s TV programme, ‘Marc’, after I’d got home from school one day, and I was astonished to see them perform on Top of the Pops that year too – they were one of the first Punk bands to appear on the programme.
I used to jam along to Generation X records when I was learning to play the bass, before launching my own, distinctly shakier musical career, all of which is well-chronicled in the pages of Bombed Out!
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This is their single ‘Your Generation’, and the B Side, ‘Day By day’.
The first track has some superb footage of the band in the Marquee club in London, where many London Punk bands got their first chance to play.
And the B side, Day By Day. I have always liked the drumming on this track: