GENERATION X – ‘Valley Of The Dolls’ / ‘Shakin’ All Over’ (Chrysalis CHS 2310) March 1979
Billy Idol post Generation X became an Americanized watered down punk Elvis and this lack of cred has meant that many people of my generation tend to overlook the greatness of his English 70s punk group Generation X.
‘Valley Of The Dolls’ was a fair sized hit reaching as high as #23 in the Summer of 1979. The superb version of ‘Shakin’ All Over’ on the flip can rightly claim it’s place on my blog among all of the other cool sides I’ve posted over the years. This updated version of the 1960 Johnny Kidd & The Pirates all time classic slice of rock ‘n roll was recorded by Generation X at the BBC Studios for a radio session but thankfully made it’s way onto vinyl on this release. (EXPO67)
Pity the poor tout; Gen X tart it up and trundle it out for another try. Pathetic really. Notice how Gen X stayed quietly up shit creek till the punk movement crumbled, whereupon they felt free to bribe people with Disney-coloured plastic, Top Of The Pops and songs about ’50s pop stars in the grand tradition of Showaddywaddy.
They may as well cough up at this late stage that they’re nothing more than this season’s Sweet – the teenage rampage rhetoric, the empty ambition, the tunnel vision – except for a large audience and a pair of successful song-writers. This is a real plodder by Billy and Tony, about how great Billy and Tony and their two friends are. Well up to your usual standards, boys. (NME)