Punk Retrospective

Poly Styrene R.I.P. 1957 – 2011

Poly StyreneThe rumors are now being confirmed, Marian Joan Elliott-Said, better known as Poly Styrene, the voice of the X-Ray Spex, has died. She announced in February that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, then in March released a critically acclaimed album called Generation Indigo.

I have not heard the new album yet, but the X-Ray Spex' Germ Free Adolescents is a groundbreaking classic by any definition. The voice of Poly Styrene, though trained for opera, will forever be remembered for it's seductive ferocity. The X-Ray Spex formed in 1976, placing them in the first wave of British punk, with Poly Styrene as an archetype among archetypes.


[play-button:http://jennywoolworth.ch/us/mp3s/XRaySpex_OhBondageUpYours.mp3] X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours! Link source

[play-button:http://krucoff.com/media/X-Ray-Spex_Art-I-Ficial.mp3] X-Ray Spex Art-I-Ficial Link source

[play-button:http://www.badmintonstamps.com/downloads/xray-dayglo.mp3] X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Day-Glo Link source

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  1. What a great voice she had….she was a trailblazer and a Punk icon.

  2. this depresses me. i’m feeling older, less vital, and more like a washed-up dinosaur by the minute.

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