Legendary Punk Band X Responds to Twitter’s Rebranding under Elon Musk

Despite Sharing a Name with Musk's Latest Acquisition, the Band Reassures Fans: "Twitter is not us and we are not it."

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After Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk acquired social media site Twitter for $44 billion and announced plans to rebrand it as ‘X’, quips about the long-standing L.A. punk band X flooded the internet. The band responded with humor, tweeting, “Big fan of the new Twitter logo @elonmusk #X #punkrock1977” over a vintage photo and confirming in a press release that they have no plans for “social media domination anytime soon.”

Co-founder John Doe (John Nommensen Duchac), spoke about the surprising development on a call from Austin, saying, “When Exene first came up with the band name, it was the last thing people wanted to be associated with.” He added, “X is a negative, as in negative space. You can place on it anything you wanted. It could mean anything.”

Upon hearing about Musk’s plan, Doe said, “I rolled my eyes. I’m sure nobody in his sphere has a clue that this punk-rock band that’s been around 40-some years even exists.” He joked about a possible lawsuit, but was quick to dismiss the idea, saying, “I wouldn’t waste my time.”

X, featuring original members John Doe, vocalist Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake, released Alphabetland in 2020, their first album in 27 years. They’re currently recording a follow-up, Smoke & Fiction, with Doe describing it as “more stretched-out.”

In addition to his work with X and the John Doe Trio, Doe keeps busy with acting gigs, saying he’s learning “to say no” as he stays busier than ever. About X’s nearly five-decade career, Doe said: “It’s what we do, it’s our livelihood, and I guess we like each other. It’s a family, with all that entails.”

Despite the shared moniker, there’s been no contact with Musk. If given the chance, Doe’s message to the tech mogul would be: “I’m glad you picked the best letter because that’s why we chose it. But it still belongs to us — and the world.”

Morgan Snyder

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