Poly Styrene 1957-2011

TVD Austin contributor Mike Harrell wanted to share a few words about the passing of Poly Styrene on Monday:

X-Ray Spex lead singer Marian Joan Elliott-Said AKA Poly Styrene passed away from complications due to breast cancer Monday April 25th.

The band formed in England in 1976 and is one of the more influential punk bands of the era. Although they only released one album, Germ Free Adolescents, they left a mark on the punk rock world that few could deny.

Arguably their finest moment was the single “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” which was not included on the original album (it was placed on the CD re-release in 2005). Musicians of all types, such as Billy Bragg, Kathleen Hanna, The Beastie Boys, and Boy George have all been influenced by her and all have paid tribute.

If you are not familiar with her fine work as a vocalist then go out and pick up a copy of this album. It may be more difficult to find on LP but it’s worth the hunt. Rest in peace Poly and thank you for changing the face of music forever.

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