english punk rock

So help me get better because I haven’t been my best, she took a plain black marker started writing on my chest, she drew a line across the middle of my broken heart, and said come on now let’s fix this mess, we can get better, because we’re not dead yet

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PoC of Classic Rock - November 2015

Poly Styrene

Marianne Joan Elliot-Said (b. July 3, 1957) or better known as Poly Styrene was the leader of the British punk rock band, X-Ray Spex. Poly Styrene was born in Bromley, England to a Scottish-Irish mother, who raised her alone, and a Somali father. After running away from home and gaining inspiration from seeing a Sex Pistols concert, Styrene decided to form her own punk band and so was the creation of X-Ray Spex in 1976. She soon became the public face of the band and with her braces, fashion, and heritage, she refused to be boxed into the conventional image of a punk rock front person. Poly Styrene was firmly against the 70′s archetype of female rock artists as sex symbols and stated that “If anybody tried to make me one (a sex symbol) I’d shave my head tomorrow”. Her punk feminist attitude led to songs such as “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”, a song that became an anthem for the riot-grrl movement that spoke out on consumerism and materialists. X-Ray Spex debut album “Germfree Adolescents” follows this attitude as well. Poly Styrene left X-Ray Spex in 1979 and released her album “Translucence” in 1980. Sadly, she died on April 25, 2011 from breast cancer and is survived by her daughter Celeste Bell-Dos Santos.

“Shoutout to all the metalheads who are smart enough to worship MUSIC instead of being butthurt over metal all the time. Dude, if I wanna listen to NOFX, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, GWAR, and My Chemical Romance all in one sitting, I’m gonna!”

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“I Melt With You” by Modern English

After the Snow (1982)