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TomAz
04-26-2011, 06:02 AM
X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene dies at 53
(AP) 3 hours ago

LONDON (AP) Poly Styrene, the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the band X-Ray Spex, has died at the age of 53.

Styrene, whose real name was Marion Elliott-Said, had been suffering from cancer.

A statement on the singer's official website and Twitter feed said Tuesday that "the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places."

Boy George was among those paying tribute on Twitter, writing, "Oh bless you Poly you will be missed! Legend!"

X-Ray Spex released just one album, 1978's "Germ Free Adolescents." But its aggressively catchy single "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" became an enduring punk anthem.

Styrene later said the song a gleeful nonconformist shout-out was inspired by the iconic bondage trousers designed by Vivienne Westwood.

"Some people think that little girls should be seen and not heard," Styrene sang before letting everyone know exactly what she thought of that idea.

Of British and Somali heritage, Styrene was born in 1957 in the London suburb of Bromley a quiet corner backwater with a strong rock 'n' roll streak that was also the childhood home of David Bowie, Billy Idol and Siouxsie Sioux.

As a teenager she released a reggae single before being inspired to form a punk band after seeing the Sex Pistols play in 1976. X-Ray Spex stood out from the punk crowd during its short career, both because of its female singer and for including a saxophone player in the lineup.

Styrene's attitude and energy inspired other female singers, and she was often cited as a precursor of the 1990s "riot grrrl" movement.

Styrene later joined the Hare Krishna movement and released several solo albums the most recent, "Generation Indigo," just last month.

She told the BBC in an interview she would like to be remembered for something spiritual, but "I know I'll probably be remembered for 'Oh Bondage, Up Yours!'"

Earlier this year she revealed she was battling breast cancer that had spread to her spine and lungs, but said she hoped to overcome the disease through a combination of conventional medicine and alternative remedies.

She is survived by her daughter, Celeste Bell-Dos Santos, who fronts the band Debutant Disco.

marooko
04-26-2011, 07:06 AM
R.I.P.

koryp
04-26-2011, 07:34 AM
A true loss, RIP Poly!

CuervoPH
04-26-2011, 07:45 AM
This really sucks! RIP.

Hannahrain
04-26-2011, 07:47 AM
This does suck. RIP.

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Hannahrain
04-26-2011, 07:51 AM
Wait, she's supposed to have an album out today.

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135703771/poly-styrene-taking-moral-stances-solo


Poly Styrene's newest solo album, Generation Indigo, comes out April 26.

downingthief
04-26-2011, 08:05 AM
I just saw this, too. RIP.

M Sparks
04-26-2011, 08:40 AM
Fifty
Three.

Too young to die, too old to be a punk rock icon. I wonder if she ever got her braces off.

PotVsKtl
04-26-2011, 08:45 AM
Fuck a duck.

TallGuyCM
04-26-2011, 09:20 AM
So sad. RIP.

TomAz
04-26-2011, 09:55 AM
http://thegirlsare.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/ps.jpg

rage patton
04-26-2011, 01:26 PM
Becky just told me this. So lame. RIP. Fucking cancer.

fiyahhh!
04-26-2011, 07:37 PM
RIP

kitt kat
04-26-2011, 07:49 PM
http://www.b-sides.it/foto_dischi/117.JPG
I blasted Germ Free Adolescents on the way to work. It's one of those gems of an album that everyone should have in their music libraries.

Without Poly Styrene, there would be no Kathleen Hanna; no Allison Wolfe; no Courtney Love -- not even a Lady Gaga or that girl from Paramore, etc etc etc.

Pixiessp
04-26-2011, 08:59 PM
I wanna cry. I loved her so much.

TomAz
04-26-2011, 09:03 PM
All day I've wanted to post "I feel like I lost a friend". And I stopped myself because I know so little about her other than that one X-Ray Spex album. But still. y'know?

Pixiessp
04-26-2011, 09:17 PM
Here's my favorite X Ray Specs song.

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Tom, I know exactly how you feel.

algunz
04-26-2011, 09:34 PM
Bummer :(

bmack86
04-26-2011, 09:42 PM
All day I've wanted to post "I feel like I lost a friend". And I stopped myself because I know so little about her other than that one X-Ray Spex album. But still. y'know?

Exactly. I wrote a long post here earlier and it for some reason didn't take, but I remember X-Ray Spex clicking so much more with me because it was a little goofy chick screaming like hell about how happy she is to be different. This one made me sad.

SoulDischarge
04-28-2011, 03:13 AM
What the fuck? I missed this thread somehow and just now found out about this. Fuck you.

vogina
04-29-2011, 10:18 AM
I am so sad about this.