It is with sadness in our hearts that we issue this statement:
Punk icon (X-ray Spex frontwoman) Poly Styrene passes away
Marianne Elliot Said
July 3rd 1957- April 25th 2011
We are sad to report that Marianne Elliot (aka Poly Styrene) lost her battle with cancer last night, 25th April 2011.
Poly Styrene was a punk amongst punks. A groundbreaking presence that left an unrepeatable mark on the musical landscape, she made history the moment she uttered, “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard but I think oh bondage up yours!” The influence of Poly and X-ray Spex has been felt far and wide ever since. Their landmark album Germ Free Adolescents is a landmark work and a primary influence on Britpop and Riot Grrrl. At the centre of it was Poly Styrene, a bi-racial feminist punk with the perfect voice to soundtrack rebellion. Poly never sacrificed the intelligence or the fun in her music and style. Her trademark braces and dayglo clothes were a playful rejection of the status quo and of conformity and complacency. She dissected gender politics, consumer culture, and the obsessions of modern life in a way that made us all want sing along with her.
At the core of Poly’s work from Germ Free Adolescents through Generation Indigo, is a revolutionary with a genuine love for this world and the people and things in it. Her indomitable heart is all over the new material from her championing of cruelty free products (“I Luv Ur Sneakers”) to giving voice to marginalized poor people worldwide (“No Rockefeller”) to tackling racism (“Colour Blind”). Poly Styrene never stopped exciting us with her incisive world-view, amazing wit, and her adventurous sound. It is impossible to imagine what modern music would be like without her incalculable contributions but it’s probably not worth imagining a world that never had Poly Styrene in it.
A thrilling work from a true pioneer and rebel in every sense, Poly Styrene’s album Generation Indigo is out now through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins). The album received rave reviews from Uncut, NME, The Guardian and countless others across the Atlantic. The forward looking Generation Indigo showcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics all in the inimitable voice of a genuine icon. Listen to the full Generation Indigo record streaming on AOL Spinner.
Rock journalist John Robb recently interviewed Poly Styrene about her current album.
There is an exclusive interview which Polystyrene did with Sinead Gleeson of the Irish Times earlier this month: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/theticket/2011/0401/1224293475898.html
The musician – who released solo LP ‘Generation Indigo’ in March – and her band X-Ray Spex were at the forefront of the punk rock scene in Britain in the late 70s and their album ‘Germ Free Adolescents’ is considered one of the most important records of the movement. The ‘Oh Bondage, Up Yours!’ singer has been cited as an influence to several modern female-led rock groups, including the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs and The Gossip. Her album GENERATION INDIGO is out in all stores and online: ON ITUNES
See below for a Track by Track interview on her latest album GENERATION INDIGO.