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Editors’ Notes

Tragically, Poly Styrene died just as this album was being released. The young girl who brazenly lead X Ray Spex with her brilliant humor and fearless self-confidence (“I am a poser and I don’t care!”) turned away from the music scene for her self-worth and returned a mature woman who never lost her soul. She opens the album with “I Luv Ur Sneakers,” a hearty homage to vegan shoes. “Kitsch” throws up the electronic screens for a 1980s New Wave bounce. “Thrash City” kicks in the 1970s punk guitars. “No Rockefeller” adds her old reggae touchstones to a song about poverty. “Electric Blue Monsoon” is a spacey and stark piece addressing her Hare Krishna faith without getting preachy. “Virtual Boyfriend” skewers the internet age while gleefully taking part in the technology. The album is a thrilling modern success from a woman who has never been more than a cult hero. However, it’s her stubborn adherence to her own way of doing things that made her so special. Styrene had her cake and ate it all the way to the end. R.I.P.

Customer Reviews

RIP Poly Styrene

The world is a little less day glo now that you are gone. Thanks for leaving an amazing swan song

R.I.P. Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene has passed away. You will be missed Poly and how appropriate that this gem was left to us today.
Thank you for your love and compassion and radical spirit.

Thank you Poly.

I was both incredibly sad to hear about the legendary Poly Styrene passing and incredibly elated to find that she has left another album for us to enjoy and remember her by. The music carries on her signature sound adding additional elements to bring the songs into 2011. Rock on Poly.


Born: July 3, 1957 in Bromley, Kent, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '10s

Patti Smith may get a great deal more credit as the godmother of punk, but the archetype for modern-day feminist punk should really be traced to Poly Styrene, leader of first-wave London punk legends X-Ray Spex. Styrene was undoubtedly one of the least conventional frontpersons in rock history, male or female -- a chubby, half-white/half-Somalian teenager who still wore braces, not to mention a loud Day-Glo wardrobe. She sang in a raw, untutored scream that quavered and shook when she looked to extend...
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