Reissue on Spittle Records.
From Victim of Time . com
At long last, this reissue satisfies a long-time want list item and
one of the early missing links of Italian punk in the 1970s, despite the
fact that Rancid X
shunned that term wholeheartedly. This snooty yet refined band of
Italians emanated from Torino and on this, their only long-player, Voices
from 1978, they effortlessly streamline their impeccable attitude
through a trove of varying styles, some with the bitter vitriol and
tension of the era's finest punk pioneers edging in on the impending
post-punk framework, and some with a polarizing yet subtle disco beat.
This alone might turn off some of the purists, but it you give it a
little time to soak in, you just might find a brooding and ominous new
favorite on your hands. As with other early Italian punk contenders such
as the far more famous Tampax, Hitler SS, Decibel, The Gags, Ice and
the Iced, and Mercenary God,
or their labelmates Chrisma, it was Rancid X, up until this recent
official reissue, that had been the most difficult to track down, and
lucky for us all, Spittle Records has blessed us with an easily
accessible edition of this long-forgotten major label (yet very
When band like Rancid X walked the earth, it wasn't uncommon to tread
the path that they did, straddling hard rock, punk swagger, and new
wave simplicity with dazzling results, like a more primitive Rolling
Stones with a thick-tongued antagonistic accent steering the ship,
what's not to love? It's great examples of LPs like this that prove the
"punk" sound could be carved out of anything, and despite the band's
insistence on keeping their distance from the punk scene, they still had
an appearance on Killed By Death #201. And once you wrap your ears
around their classic cuts such as "Old Sex Queen," or "Intoxication,"
the latter issued as their debut 7" on Polydor in 1978, it'll be
immediate how intense and commanding these songs truly are, and how
fortunate we are once again to have this music in an accessible format.