Tuesday, April 26, 2011
X Ray Spex was one of those seminal English punk bands straight from the pages of NME that Sam and I loved back in late 1977. Poly Styrene was a true original and while this stuff may sound like senseless caterwauling to some of you, Oh Bondage! Up Yours! was a classic of the genre to many of us at the time.
Poly died yesterday at the ripe young age of 53.
And if you're keen on it, give a listen to the tune and tell me if you don't rightly agree that X Ray Spex was a direct link from the rather slick and cool glam rock of Roxy Music to the hardcore smash punk that followed in their wake. That's what I thought at the time anyway.
R.I.P. Poly Styrene.