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    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.
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    R.I.P.

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    A true loss, RIP Poly!
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    This really sucks! RIP.

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    This does suck. RIP.





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    Wait, she's supposed to have an album out today.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135703...l-stances-solo

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

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    I just saw this, too. RIP.

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    Fifty
    Three.

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

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    Fuck a duck.

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    So sad. RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efrain44 View Post
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    Becky just told me this. So lame. RIP. Fucking cancer.
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    RIP

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    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.

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    I wanna cry. I loved her so much.
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    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?
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    Here's my favorite X Ray Specs song.



    Tom, I know exactly how you feel.
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    Bummer

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    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.
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    What the fuck? I missed this thread somehow and just now found out about this. Fuck you.
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    I am so sad about this.
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