Generation X (band)

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Generation X (also known as Gen X) were a British punk rock band, formed on 21 November 1976 by Billy Idol, Tony James and John Towe.


Three members of Gen X were previously in Chelsea along with lead singer Gene October, they soon broke away from October and selected the name Generation X (after Jane Deverson's 1965 sociology book, a copy of which was owned by Idol's mother). Idol switched from guitar to vocal duties, and Bob "Derwood" Andrews joined as lead guitarist after leaving the Fulham band 'Paradox' which included well known local musicians of the time, Gary Claydon and Chris"Noggin" McCullough.This was the band that were at the centre of the infamous riot at Fulham Art centre in 1976, which is where Billy Idol first saw Bob Andrews. Generation X played their first concert on 21 December 1976 at The Roxy (becoming the very first band to play at the venue).The band's early performance at The Roxy and offstage interactions are included as part of The Punk Rock Movie (1978), being a compilation of punk band performances at The Roxy during this period.

Towe was later replaced on drums by Mark Laff (ex-Subway Sect), to complete the 'official' line-up, before the band signed to Chrysalis Records and released their first single, "Your Generation" in September, 1977.<ref name="The Great...
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