R.I.P. Poly Styrene

In Music by Kam Tambini / April 26, 2011

The renowned female icon and lead singer of London punk outfit X-Ray Spex passed away today after a battle with cancer.

R.I.P. Poly Styrene

British musician, singer and songwriter Poly Styrene, born Marian Joan Elliott-Said, passed away last night at the age of 53 after a continued fight against breast cancer, which had spread to her spine and lungs.

Styrene was best known as muse and eccentric singer of British punk act X-Ray Spex. She’d been inspired to form the band after seeing The Sex Pistols perform on her 18th birthday.

Though X-Ray Spex only released one album, 1978’s “Germ Free Adolescents.” and a single during their main incarnation, the group left an indelible mark on the punk world. With Styrene’s piercingly sharp vocals and the introduction of saxophone to the typical punk setup of guitar/bass/drums, “Germ Free Adolescents” garnered wide acclaim as one of the best punk albums of all time.

Styrene’s latest solo album “Generation Indigo” was released today in the US.

Below is a tweet from her camp, as well as some of X-Ray Spex’s standouts tracks.

R.I.P. Poly Styrene