X Marked The Spot At The Regency
X Regency Ballroom December 30, 2017 All photos by Raymond Ahner. X finished off their 40th anniversary tour with a phenomenal set at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on the night before New Years Eve. Formed in 1977, the legendary punk band never received wide mainstream success but were groundbreaking in their use of rockabilly, poetic lyrics and off kilter harmonies from vocalist/bassist John Doe and his then girlfriend vocalist Exene Cervenka. Their debut album, Los Angeles, was produced in 1980 by Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and was well received by critics and the media. In 1981 the band released Wild Gift, which was named "Record of the Year" by Rolling Stone. This was also the year they were featured in the classic documentary The Decline of the Western Civilization by Penelope Spheeris (who also made Wayne's World), which documented the Los Angeles punk scene including Black Flag, The Germs, Circle Jerks, and Fear. In 1982, X signed to Elektra records and released