Criminal X – ERNIE ELSE IS A POLICE INFORMANT
By Craig LeSieg
I fucking love these guys!
Sham 69 and The Exploited had a deranged love child and the coppers named it Criminal X.
First track, “Criminal Sex” you’re thinking these guys just might be completely insane with lyrics like “Herpes, syphilis, he’s had the lot, he’s caught them off his mum, he’s had his brother and sis, he’s been up his father’s bum” (I was laughing my ass off on this one).
Then you’re wanting to know where this is going next, and they surprise you with “1984” a politically charged throw down. “Feels like 1984, police are on the streets, Corruption in the government, their fighting for their seats, Everyone wants a riot, and everyone’s on the dole, No more Tory Government, the police are out of control” Then you realize they are serious, and it’s one great song after another.
The songs are short and to the point, it feels like a brilliant mix of Oi and HC Punk. I haven’t heard many bands that can pull all this off so well but they have it down. The songs can be catchy and easy to get into.
In short Criminal X is a great band. Call it Oi or Punk or what the fuck ever, the bottom line is it’s just damn good music. This is a band I’d love to see live, and I am glad to have them in my collection. Give them a go, you won’t be disappointed.
Special thanks to John Nomatrix and Dead Lamb Records