Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Poly Styrene, 1957-2011

Poly Styrene died yesterday of breast cancer. As a teenager she was the lead singer and songwriter for one of the best punk bands ever, X-Ray Spex. She was a nonconformist even among the rebels and misfits of punk rock: she was short, wore braces, wasn't rail-thin, designed her own clothes (often in bright colors, an anomaly in punk), and was multi-racial. She was smart, wickedly funny (her lyrics are great), and absolutely electrifying onstage. Her voice was and will remain unforgettable:

Video for "Identity" (1978); thanks to goldenhinde

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