Posted in music on April 26, 2011

X-Ray Spex (Poly Styrene on the right)
Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene, best known as the frontwoman with 1970s punk group X-Ray Spex, has died. Styrene was receiving treatment for an advanced form of breast cancer when she passed away yesterday (Monday 25 April). She was 53.

...A spokesperson for Styrene confirmed her death this morning, saying everyone around her was saddened by the news. A full statement is expected later today.

Styrene, who was born Marian Joan Elliott-Said, shot to fame in 1976 with X-Ray Spex, and was immortalised in punk history with the song Oh Bondage, Up Yours! "Little girls should be seen and not heard," Styrene would say to introduce the track. X-Ray Spex released one album, the acclaimed Germ Free Adolescents in 1978, before Styrene left the group.

Despite her relatively short stint with the band, Styrene's overt feminism and mixed-race heritage marked her out among her punk contemporaries and won her legions of fans for generations to come. Beth Ditto, singer with Gossip, said: "Poly Styrene [was] so ahead of her time. She recreated punk." -[The Guardian]

R.I.P. Poly Styrene.

Poly Styrene's new solo LP Generation Indigo is out TODAY (4/26) in the US. Check out her thoughts on each track on the record, as well as a video for a new song and some classic video too, below...

Poly Styrene - "Generation Indigo" Track By Track Interview

Poly Styrene - Virtual Boyfriend (Official Video)

X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

x ray spex identity 1978 video complete


X-Ray Spex - Warrior In Woolworths, Live 9/12/1978 Old Grey Whistle Test.



Comments (9)

x-ray spex and Poly in particular were killer. sad news...


Posted by chris g | April 26, 2011 9:36 AM

A pivotal band in my love of music. RIP Poly. You were a voice unlike any other.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 26, 2011 9:41 AM

Eerie timing.


Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2011 9:56 AM

as many punk girlz copped poly's vocal style as metal guys copped danzig's. RIP, true innovator.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2011 10:17 AM

Weird, I just heard about her new LP on NPR just yesterday. Used to listen to X Ray Spex alot as a teenager. I need to grab the new LP.

RIP - Condolences to her daughter & family.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2011 11:52 AM

two corrections - she didnt really leave the band, they just broke up. and they released a second album in 95 conscious consumer. the guardian really rushed that out, huh?

great band. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2011 12:46 PM

rip poly. your influence will be ever lasting. one of my first heroes. so fearless and bold and awesome. trailblazer, indeed. her words helped me formulate my feminism as a tween in the mid-80s. bless you!

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2011 1:12 PM

RIP Poly. You are the greatest.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2011 2:55 PM

I'm gutted. I feel like I've lost a good friend a never got the chance to meet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2011 4:37 PM

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