X-RAY SPEX - "Germ Free Adolescence" / "Age" (EMI INT 573) October 1978 

There are not many songs about the joys of teenage cleanliness but here's one from X-Ray Spex. To get the girl of your dreams boys must scrub their bits and bobs, brush their teeth and scrub away, scrub away, scrub away. Well. that's according to Poly Styrene and it also applies to girls too.

"Germ Free Adolescence" is a slow number with heavy use of synth, the usual sax and kind of spoken vocals over a bright and open soundscape, every word can be heard and the result is a charming piece of pop music which was commercial and strong enough to creep into the top 20.