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MxPx is a punk rock band that was formed in 1992 in Bremerton, Washington, United States.Read More...
MxPx started as three 15-year-old kids calling themselves Magnified Plaid pounding out music inspired by and similar to The Descendents and other Southern California punk rock bands. They didn’t really love their band name, however, which was a tribute to the original guitarist’s penchant for wearing one particularly loud plaid shirt. Consequently, the name was abbreviated to M.P., but in Yuri’s handwriting, periods become “X“‘s and since he made up the show posters for the band, the four-letter moniker stuck.
Andy Husted, the former guitarist, left the band in 1995 to continue college.
Andy was replaced by Tom to solidify the line-up that would take the band into their post-teen years. Maybe Tom’s background as a drummer made up for his relative inexperience playing guitar (he had only played for a year at the time). He and Yuri lock into backbreakingly fast rhythms that rank with vintage Minor Threat for speed and percussive attack. Mike then adds to the mix his signature sing-along melodies that call to mind SoCal punk bands from the early ’80s.
Bremerton had been a town most famous for its naval shipyards until MxPx caught the attention of Tooth & Nail Records when they played a “showcase” for the T&N label in 1993 in Herrera’s parents’ garage. Mike Herrera had practiced so much before the first show, he lost his voice.
MxPx released three albums with Tooth & Nail Records: Pokinatcha in 1994, Teenage Politics in 1995, and Life in General in 1996. After a falling out with Tooth & Nail, MxPx left the label and signed with A&M Records.
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- LyricsI wrecked your hotel room
I crashed up the car
Slept in the gutter
I'm outside your door
Saw you through the key hole
- LyricsWithout a window to see through,
I did my time, in here without you,
Slept on the floor down in the LEC,
Meet me back home and do the mocking.
It seems like misery loves misery,
- LyricsI don't want this responsibility
And don't use me because I don't agree
Why lie, do or die?
Why lie, do or?
Responsibility? What's that?
- LyricsI was on my way to be with you today
And you know it's true because I wouldn't lie to you
First my car broke down so I had to hitch a ride
I was almost there when the motor died
- LyricsMaybe it is dangerous, to invite us and to enter the room with us
But nothing's gonna light up and I'm not scared at all
When there's no more money in politics
They'll be tearing down the union brick by brick
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