Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Poly Styrene

Poly was an awesome lady and punk style icon.

Poly started up X-Ray Spex in '76, and though they only released one album together before breaking up, it was a hit–but only in Britain. Germ Free Adolescents eventually made it's way across the pond, appealing to a much more casual punk listener, someone who enjoyed her shouting but also the pop aspects and social commentary of the lyrics. Poly's high-pitched vocals tie every song together and really stand out, in a time that the genre was still mostly male.

Poly was a little spit fire who could not stay still, and every time I see this video I want to join a band and wear a silver pillowcase as a dress.

After her X-Ray Spex fame she came out with a few solo albums, one just earlier this year, and joined the Hare Krishnas. She was diagnosed with breast cancer only recently, and died at the age of 53. Let's remember her for her awesome talent and endless energy.

DOWNLOAD Germ Free Adolescents here, you will love it, I promise!

All pictures are from her last.fm page.

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