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Boomkat Product Review:
"Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs. 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, memo- rable 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 themselves, 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! This compilation aims to illustrate the early years of X Ray Pop, focusing on the Casio-to-cassette productions made at their Tours home studio Elysée Sound in the 1980s. Ding Dong Songs combines tracks from the rarest full length cassette-only LPs with standout tracks from the first four vinyl albums and a small (but varied) selection of one-off tracks taken from various artists compilations and cassette-only concept albums. This X-French compendium akso reveals the first ever Doc Pilot solo versions of some of the best travelled X Ray Pop classics, presented here for the first time on any format alongside rare live bonus tracks."