X-Ray Spex

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk punk rock female vocalists new wave post-punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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One of the most inventive, original and genuinely exciting bands to appear during the punk era, X-Ray Spex was the brainchild of the colourful Poly Styrene (Marian Joan Elliott, 1957, Brixton, London, England), whose exotic clothes and tooth brace established her as an instant punk icon. With a line-up completed by Lora Logic (b. Susan Whitby, England; saxophone), Jak Airport (b. Jack Stafford, London, England, d. 13 August 2004, England; guitar), Paul Dean (bass) and Paul ‘B.P.’ Hurding (drums), the unit began performing in 1977 and part of their second gig was captured for posterity on the seminal Live At The Roxy WC2. A series of extraordinary singles including ‘Oh Bondage Up Yours!’, ‘The Day The World Turned Day-Glo’, ‘Identity’ and ‘Germ Free Adolescents’, were not only riveting examples of high-energy punk, but contained provocative, thoughtful lyrics berating the urban synthetic fashions of the 70s and...

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