X-Ray SpexGermfree Adolescents

Label:EMI International – INS 3023, EMI International – OC 062-61 787
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo


Contents 1
A2Obsessed With You2:26
A3Warrior In Woolworths3:04
A4Let's Submerge3:23
A5I Can't Do Anything2:55
Contents 2
B1Genetic Engineering2:45
B2I Live Off You2:06
B3I Am A Poseur2:29
B4Germ Free Adolescence3:09
B5Plastic Bag4:56
B6The Day The World Turned Dayglo2:50

Companies, etc.



Issued on custom 'X-ray Spex' labels in a glossy picture sleeve and cardstock inner sleeve with rounded corners, illustrated and with lyrics printed in brown.

B3 on label as „IAMA POSEUR“.

B4 is listed as "Germ Free Adolescence" on the labels, like on the single Germ Free Adolescence, however the sleeves of both the single and album (including the track title on the inner sleeve of this edition and subsequent reissues) have it as "Germfree Adolescents"

On rear cover:
Art-I-Ficial Products.
EMI Records Ltd. Hayes, Middlesex, England.
Made and Printed in Great Britain.
Available on Tape.
E.D.T. G.L.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Print code on back): E.D.T. G.L.
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): INS 3023A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): INS 3023B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped variation 1, tag etched): INS 3023 A-1 MASTERED AT' ABBEY ROAD'-NICK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped variation 1, tag etched): INS 3023 B-1 NICK UU
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped variation 2, tag etched): INS 3023 A-2 MASTERED AT' ABBEY ROAD'-NICK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped variation 2, tag etched): INS 3023 B-1 NICK UU
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped variation 3, tag etched/stamped): INS 3023 A-1 MASTERED AT' ABBEY ROAD'-NICK P 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped variation 3, tag etched/stamped): INS 3023 B-1 NICK UU DM 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A stamped/etched, variant 4): INS 3023 A-1 MASTERED AT 'ABBEY ROAD'-NICK GA 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B stamped/etched, variant 4): INS 3023 B-1 NICK UU GH 2

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Germ Free Adolescents (Cassette, Album)EMI International, EMI InternationalTC-INS 3023, 0C 262-617 87UK1978
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Germfree Adolescents (LP, White Label)EMIINS 3023UK1978
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Germfree Adolescents (LP, Album)EMI International7C 062-61787Sweden1978
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Germfree Adolescents (LP, Album)EMI8E 072 61 787Portugal1978
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Germfree Adolescents (LP, White Label)EMI International, EMI InternationalINS 3023, OC2-61 787UK1978



  • Lautreamont's avatar
    This is one of the most unique records to emerge from the punk movement. Nothing else sounds like this.
    • Ves2's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      Newly acquired an original UK copy after parting with my original copy (one of my very first record purchases along with Tonic for the Troops and New Boots and Panties) when I sold off half of my original collection 20+ years ago in a house move. Very pleased to have come across a very nicely kept copy.
      Agreeing with a comment from 3 years ago, my copy also has Germ Free Adolescence on sleeve, Inner sleeve and labels. Judging by the original listing I guess this is probably the earliest release and there could be a note of this in the release page.
      • scotbartolo's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        Fuckin' love this record, the sax and Poly Styrenes vocals are awesome! The cover is great too.
        • ErkyPerky's avatar
          Just gave this a proper clean after having it stored for years and boy it sounds fantastic. Sod the reissues.
          • ASTRALAKASHA's avatar
            Most beautiful piece of art from the first UK wave of punk. Best punk album I've ever heard (imo)

            1. Xray Spex - Germfree Adolescent
            2. Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material
            3. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.

            Top 3 punk albums made. All from the 77' wave of UK punk
            • PurePunkRecords's avatar
              My copy has a sticker on the back of the sleeve saying "FACTORY SAMPLE - NOT FOR SALE"

              • daz77's avatar
                My original copy has the etchings,
                Side 1, All my love to Ruth from Trev
                Side 2, Love from Trev
                • saxonman1's avatar
                  this was one of the best uk punk records back in 1977, god i remember a bit over 30 years ago when this lp was getting around 100 bucks a pop it was so rare, then by 1990/91 the reissues started on cd & of coarse i got a vinyl reissue around 1992 on orange vinyl and it is hard to belive that that reissue is worth more then the original 77 lp now, my rarest copy of this classic is the japan 1977 lp as that goes for hundreds...............
                  • mv70's avatar
                    generally a good set of songs, but was afflicted with the familiar over-the-top hard rock sound, which for a short period was the vogue for debut lps from punk bands.
                    • guzzer's avatar
                      Relistening to this for the first time in over 30 years, it really is probably the best album of the original punk wave. Lots of interesting musical ideas, and anti-consumerist lyrics, with Poly's amazing vocals. Its a classic probably under appreciated. It certainly was at the time, with all that shrieking saxophone not fitting the 4 to the floor punk model. Great record, get into your collection in some format



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