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X-Ray SpexGermfree Adolescents

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


A2Obsessed With You2:26
A3Warrior In Woolworths3:04
A4Let's Submerge3:23
A5I Can't Do Anything2:55
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

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

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

  • 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

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Germ Free Adolescents (Cassette, Album)EMI International, EMI InternationalTC-INS 3023, 0C 262-617 87UK1978
Germfree Adolescents (LP, White Label)EMIINS 3023UK1978
Germfree Adolescents (LP, Album)EMI International7C 062-61787Sweden1978
New Submission
Germfree Adolescents (LP, Album)EMI8E 072 61 787Portugal1978
New Submission
Germfree Adolescents (LP, White Label)EMI International, EMI InternationalINS 3023, OC2-61 787UK1978
ErkyPerky's profile picture
Just gave this a proper clean after having it stored for years and boy it sounds fantastic. Sod the reissues.
valmaiden17's profile picture
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 profile picture
My copy has a sticker on the back of the sleeve saying "FACTORY SAMPLE - NOT FOR SALE"

daz77's profile picture
My original copy has the etchings,
Side 1, All my love to Ruth from Trev
Side 2, Love from Trev
jonatilj's profile picture
I have this exact issue (as described) BUT Germ Free Adolescents is spelled like that on both labels, sleeve and inner sleeve and not anywhere as Germfree Adolescents. Is the comment in this entry wrong or does two variatoins exist?
saxonman1's profile picture
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 profile picture
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 profile picture
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
mojo_navigator's profile picture
Edited 3 years ago
Fully agree with martingg but see it from the record label's point of view; they are trying to shift product and it's much easier to sell coloured vinyl than concepts of sound quality which require decent equipment and a sophisticated ear for music/audio.

Add to that the unfortunate fact that today's vinyl consumer (aka hipster) is more swayed by superficial notions of cool and doesn't buy records to actually listen to and you have a recipe for disaster.

I always recommend getting the originals which were made for people to LISTEN to. And they are still affordable despite what some over-optimistic Discogs sellers might feel
martingg's profile picture
40 different issues - that's 29 Rereleases - mostly on the oh-so-special-coloured vinyl. This is ridiculous. Do you really think we re-buy again and again to own each colour? Make a decent sounding even pressing and keep it in print.
(Sorry, this rant could also be written for countless other re-releases that offer nothing new and just relies on the gimmicky colour.) No need to argue: the record itself is a classic!