View Full Version : Poly Styrene RIP

Apr 26th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Well I'm pretty bummed about this. Poly was one of the true greats. For me she was easily the greatest female singer/songwriter to emerge from punk rock and I would rank Germ Free Adolescents as one of the most original and enjoyable albums ever recorded. There never was another group remotely similar to X-Ray Spex, they stood alone with a unique sound and unique lyrical perspection.

In an era when consumerism and comercialism is now so accepted that people like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears are taken seriously as artists, it may be hard for young people to appreciate there was a time when people actually questioned the kind of consumerism that today is so much an accepted part of life. With so many female singers idolised on this forum here was one I that was true original, the likes of which we probably won't see again. RIP Poly. :awww:

I hope some of those who aren't familiar with her will have a quick listen to some of her music and read this very moving obit from the Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/apr/26/poly-styrene-x-ray-spex





Apr 26th, 2011, 08:54 PM
sad to hear :sad: great clips you posted there.

Apr 26th, 2011, 09:48 PM
OMG this is the first I've heard of this. What happened? There was an article in the Sunday Times only a few months ago with Poly and her daughter. They were doing the interview where the mother/father speaks about their perception of their relationship with their child, and then the son/daughter speaks about their perception. I think it was the Sunday Times. Poly had suffered serious depression/bi polar when her daughter was a child and had become a Hari Krishna. They had a complicated relationship. I imagine her daughter is distraught given their history. Poly was before my time but my Dad has the Band's Greatest Hits plus a Poly solo album and I have listened to Talk in Toy Town several times. He was a big fan, along with Siouxsie And The Banshees.

I don't think my Dad knows about Poly's death. So any details would be appreciated. Very sad. Poor Poly.:sad:

Apr 26th, 2011, 09:52 PM
I've just seen the link to the obituary which I hadn't noticed. I am surprised I didn't see this in the papers, but I didn't get one today. I'm glad Poly is being remembered and I will definitely get her posthumous album.:sad:

Apr 27th, 2011, 08:18 AM
Very sad news. Virtually all the great artists from that era are pretty much now forgotten which is also sad. The whole punk/new wave era strived, and succeeded for a few years, to do something different. We live in such an apathetic age now reflected in everything including music.

Apr 27th, 2011, 10:48 AM