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Legendary Leader Of X-Ray Specs Poly Styrene Dead At 53

Poly Styrene died last night at the age of 53.
 
Early this morning I downloaded her latest and sadly last album. I've been eagerly awaiting this once since raving about the single "Black Christmas" and getting a thank you via back channels.
 
Poly was the lead singer of one of the great punk rock bands, X-Ray Specs, a small, pretty girl with a voice like a siren and lyric after lyric that laid waste the wasteland of the UK: a nightmare world of aluminum foil and neon lights, nuclear colors of orange and yellow and green, test tubes and esso stops. "Scrub away" she told us and, in an act of prescience spelled out the reality of 21st century: "I identity is the crises can't you see…" Poly watched us watch her watch her self in a smash mirror.
 
Along with saxophonist Lora Logic her music was a skronk of outrage that shifted  and lifted the shackles.
 
I was friendly with the band and saw X-Ray Specs all four nights at CBGB's. I wasn't friendly with Poly, her drug of choice was acid and she was spacey and difficult to communicate (this was 1978 or 9 -something like that).

In the annals of UK punk, it goes like this:
1. Sex Pistols
2. Clash
3. Buzzcocks
4. X-Ray Specs
 
Poly was a seer, a giant, a legend. Completely one of a kind.
I am grateful we have one last testament to watch the world turn dayglo, indigo, blue, black
 

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