FOXY: 3 X-Ray Spex Tribute Tracks: CD

Covers and tributes are a tricky thing. Personally, I don’t want a perfect replica of the original and I don’t think many other people do either. But it also shouldn’t be so different that you can’t place what song it is you’re listening to. Foxy walks that line really well. While I’ll say that the sax parts were so fucking spot on that if you told me they lifted them right out of Germ Free Adolescents I’d take your word for it. The singer of Foxy doesn’t attempt those shrieking high notes that Poly Styrene hits on “Bondage,” and “I Am a Cliché,” and I truly appreciate that she operates within her personal range. That is what dignifies this as a cover and not a copy. The first track is a mash-up of the aforementioned X-Ray Spex songs, followed by each song individually. Then the other three tracks are Foxy originals, which I wasn’t expecting as I thought this was a tribute release. Those songs rule! I’m especially into the track “Frozen.” Foxy’s originals have all the earmarks of catchy punk band with a female singer (I refuse to call them female-fronted because that’s not a genre. And it bugs me that I have a lack of words to signify that they don’t have a dude singing for them.). If you like Alice Bag, The Avengers, and of course X-Ray Spex you’re really gonna dig this. –Kayla Greet (Self-released, foxybandusa.com)