Skyline Sessions

Skyline Sessions: John Doe and Exene Cervenka

Watch a couple of punk-rock legends perform acoustic in the studio.

John Doe & Exene Cervenka, co-founders of the Los Angeles-based band X (and a former married couple), are punk-rock royalty. At the height of the late-’70s/early-’80s explosion of punk, while the Ramones ruled New York City, X was one of the hottest bands in L.A. (even appearing twice on American Bandstand). X continues to tour with original members Doe, Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake, and Cervenka says she’ll keep doing it until she dies. “You just keep going,” she says, “I have this kind of pride that we’re still together, and I feel pretty tough about that.” While in Houston for a concert at the House of Blues, Doe and Cervenka visited Houston Public Media to record acoustic versions of the X songs “In This House That I Call Home” (from the 1981 album Wild Gift) and “Because I Do” (off 1982’s Under the Big Black Sun).

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