I didn’t discover Generation X until a few years after they ceased to exist, but that is the beauty of music. I picked up the vinyl for their self-titled debut at an incredibly cool beach cities record store that was weirdly staffed by some first wave Hollywood punks. Looking back, I can almost imagine them sniggering at my enthusiasm for this awesome new band I had “discovered.” Lucky for me, those dudes were super cool and turned me on to a tons of music that I still love to this day.
But, back to Generation X. For starters, how cool does Billy Idol look on that album cover? Everything about the band’s aesthetic gave American kids like me a peek into the mysterious London punk scene. That is also true of the mid-tempo punk ballad, “Kiss Me Deadly.” Whether or not I totally understood how it felt to “stand in rank for the thirty bus uptown” or “hustle down the Fulham Road doing deals with Mr. Cool,” this song did what the best short stories do—it transported me to a place I had never been before.
Read the lyrics for “Kiss Me Deadly” by Generation X right HERE.
Previous installments in this series:
- Mr. T Experience—”Sorry For Freaking Out…”
- Warren Zevon—”Carmelita”
- Leonard Cohen—”Suzanne”
- The Descendents—”Clean Sheets”
- Jawbreaker—”Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault”
- Pulp—”Common People”
- Marty Robbins—”El Paso”
S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.