R.I.P. Poly Styrene (1957-2011)

Poly Styrene passed away yesterday. She was the lead singer for the late-Seventies British punk band X-Ray Spex. Born Marion Elliot-Said, she adopted her punk persona as a teenager in 1977 after seeing the Sex Pistols perform. Her shrieky vocals, accompanied by equally shrieky saxophones, gave X-Ray Spex their distinctive sound. More melodic than the three-chord wonders that passed for punk bands in those days (but just as loud), X-Ray Spex released one LP, “Germ-Free Adolescents,” in 1978. They broke up a year later, but reformed in 1995 with a new album “Conscious Consumer.” The clip above shows them performing their first single, “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!” on British television circa 1977.

Poly Styrene passed away of spine and breast cancer after a short illness. She had just released her third solo album,”Indigo Blue,” last month in the UK and was promoting it when she became ill. The album launched today in America.

Rest in peace, Poly.

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One Comment on “R.I.P. Poly Styrene (1957-2011)”

  1. Debra Duncan says:

    Thank you Camay Von Furstenberg. You have taken me back to some memorable times. I have enjoyed this. I have spent more than two hours on your site. I am a big fan of nostalgia from the late sixties to the late seventies. I was born in the sixties and had my one and only child in the seventies. Life was hard for me, but sweet also. Its those memorable things that happened that made life bearable. My favorite kissing potion lip gloss was the lemon frost which is not shown. If you find something on the coin sucker from the mid 60’s let me know. This was a red and grape flavored sucker in the shape of a corn on the cob. It had squares on the back of it, and it was on a pop sickle stick. this sucker had a coin wrapped in wax paper on the inside of it. Again; thank you so much. Sincerely,
    Debra Duncan


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