Dance floor friendly drum heavy horror pop from femme fronted
pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics
X Ray Pop.
X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but
almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding
policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject
is, at first glance, memorable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro
wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many a
record shop counter or blog page but the truth of the matter is that
no-one, not even the band members them- selves, have the knowledge or mental capacity to truly understand the splatter range of the god speed anti-tactics that have turned this inter- changeable, unarrangable and thirty-year sustainable auto-pop combo into one of
uber-legendary status. For those that tread the chemins of 80s
Gallic record racks, from agit pop to Zeuhl-school (bridging synth
pop to Celluloid) these 7" square flags reading El Gato,
L'Eurasienne, Alcool and Fuzzy Christmas are merely alluring landmarks pointing to another sebaceous underground of magnetic tape that flows swiftly (like Magma) awaiting Pirates and liberators alike. X marks the spot!
Peeping out of a warren of unexplored passages their seminal self distributed debut singles and appearances on the genre defining
alternative funk Alternative Funk Folie Distinguée compilation in
1984 made them an omnipresent fixture for the French tape wave
scene that shaped a generation and influenced many more to follow.
But beneath the trademark fluorescent sleeves stands the highly
stacked foundations of endless cassette only releases that give this
pocket punk husband and wife duo one of the most impressive and
elusive back catalogues of all their cut ‘n’ paste French funk contemporaries.