Punk Icon Poly Styrene Dies

Feminist punk innovator Poly Styrene, former frontwoman for the British band X-Ray Spex, has succumbed to cancer at age 53, Pitchfork reports. Born Marian Joan Elliott-Said, Styrene broke boundaries in the macho realm of punk rock, influenced future generations (i.e. the riot grrl movement) and made a batch of extremely catchy music. In her words, “I said that I wasn’t a sex symbol and that if anybody tried to make me one I’d shave my head tomorrow.”

Below, from the documentary Punk in London, performing circa 1977.

16 Comments on "Punk Icon Poly Styrene Dies"

  1. Vallindsay2 | Apr 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm |

    She was six shades of awesome and she has left us way, way too soon. We need more people like her….

  2. Vallindsay2 | Apr 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm |

    She was six shades of awesome and she has left us way, way too soon. We need more people like her….

  3. Butter Knife | Apr 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |

    Good thing we still have… um…

    Paramore?

    Fucking hell.

  4. Butter Knife | Apr 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm |

    Good thing we still have… um…

    Paramore?

    Fucking hell.

  5. justagirl | Apr 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

    i wonder if it takes her extra long to decompose. 8/

  6. justagirl | Apr 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

    i wonder if it takes her extra long to decompose. 8/

  7. Anonymous | Apr 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm |

    She gives off PCB’s….stay away!

  8. justagirl | Apr 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm |

    ok goodDoktor. i’ll keep quiet and unseen, too. xo

  9. Wow that band’s pretty bad. They play like schoolkids, but they’re like, 25 years old. U couldn’t get away with it nowadays…

  10. Wow that band’s pretty bad. They play like schoolkids, but they’re like, 25 years old. U couldn’t get away with it nowadays…

    • Butter Knife | Apr 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm |

      Apparently you’re unfamiliar with both punk and music in general. Not only were they great at playing punk, but there are FAR worse musicians with as much or more musical experience and education playing WAY less technically adept music all over the place.

  11. Butter Knife | Apr 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm |

    Apparently you’re unfamiliar with both punk and music in general. Not only were they great at playing punk, but there are FAR worse musicians with as much or more musical experience and education playing WAY less technically adept music all over the place.

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