Tuesday, April 26, 2011

R.I.P. Punk Pioneer Poly Styrene

Sad news this morning, made sadder by the fact that she'd just re-emerged from a long hiatus. Poly lost a short battle with cancer. She was 53. NPR's All Things Considered just ran a piece on her yesterday. A simple statement on her website, dated today, reads:

We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places.

PS team.

Born Marianne Elliott-Said, as a teen she formed X-Ray Spex, whose Germ Free Adolescents is routinely listed among the most important albums in rock history, certainly in the annuals of punk. The band's "Oh Bondage Up Yours!", featuring her spoken word intro and unhinged vocal, is a one-of-a-kind landmark from that era (and for which we'd always reserve a place for it on the Modern Rock 500 at WOXY).

X-Ray Spex ran its course within a few short years and split in 1979. Solo debut Translucence came in 1980 before she gravitated to the Hare Krsihna movement, releasing the spiritually tinged Gods & Goddesses EP in 1984. Aside from the infrequent public appearance or X-Ray Spex reunion show, she pretty much remained out of the spotlight. Her first record in 7 years, Generation Indigo was just released in Britain last month.

05 80's-X Ray Spex-Oh Bondage up yours by club80s

08-X-Ray Spex Identity by tommy t


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