- Under the Big Black Sun
Name = Under the Big Black Sun
Type = Studio album
Artist = X
Released = July 1982
Recorded = 1982,
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
Length = 33:45
Label = Elektra
AllmusicRating|5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:g01gtq9ztu44 link]
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"Under the Big Black Sun" is the third album by the American
punk bandX, and their major-label debut. It was released on Elektra Recordsin 1982, and reissued on Rhino Recordsin 2001 with bonus tracks.
The album was listed by band member
Exene Cervenkaas her favorite X album. Much of the material, including the album's title track, written after the tragic, untimely death of Cervenka's sister Mireille (Mary) in an automobile accident in April 1980. The stark black & white cover art was also a reflection of the mood of the band, particularly Ms. Cervenka, during this difficult and painful time.
The overall sound of the record still contains the hard-edged, fast-paced punk rock that became the band's trademark, but a more country and blues sound had also emerged from the mournful period. The album even contains a rare X slow song, "Come Back to Me," done in a 50s "doo-wop" style that is, once again, a tribute to Mary Cervenka. A fast-paced version of
Lead Belly's song "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" with a country-swing style that the band had never before or since emulated, was also a tribute to Mary.
All tracks written by
John Doeand Exene Cervenkaexcept as indicated.
The Hungry Wolf" – 3:45
# "Motel Room in My Bed" – 2:32
# "Riding with Mary" – 3:40
# "Come Back to Me" – 3:43
# "Under the Big Black Sun" – 3:23
# "Because I Do" – 2:21
# "Blue Spark" – 2:06
# "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (
Huddy Ledbetter) – 2:20
# "Real Child of Hell" – 2:59
# "How I (Learned My Lesson)" – 2:12
# "The Have Nots" – 4:44
Bonus tracks (2001 reissue)
# "Riding with Mary" (Single version) – 3:12
# X Rewrites "El Paso" (Rehearsal)/"Because I Do" (TV Mix/Instrumental)" (
Marty Robbins, Cervenka, Doe) – 2:56
# "Universal Corner" (Live) – 4:08
# "Breathless" (Single mix) (
Otis Blackwell) – 2:20
# "How I (Learned My Lesson)" (Live) – 2:20
Ray Manzarek– keyboards on "Riding with Mary" (Single version)
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