Exene Cervenka: I'd Stay Up All Night Writing New X Songs

Place a finger on the 1980s punk scene and one band is still having impact some 35 years after forming: X. Mixing driving punk energy with rockabilly riffs, staccato rhythms, unexpected dual vocal drive, and socially conscious lyrics, X was a defining voice in the punk movement. Their uncompromising ability to defy perceptions and expectations keeps the band going today.

Founding vocalist and songwriter Exene Cervenka isn't surprised X--bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake--still commands a strong following. Up on the Sun caught up with Cervenka at her Los Angeles home to discuss the band's longevity, Zoom's departure and return, and why the band hasn't produced any new music since 1986.