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Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliot-Said) 1957–2011

April 29th, 2011 by

X-Ray Spex Live at the Roundhouse, London in 2008. (photo by Dave Knapik)

On Monday, April 25th, 2011, Marianne Elliot-Said, better known to the world as Poly Styrene — the singer for classic UK punk rock band X-Ray Spex — died after a bout with breast cancer. Her third solo album, Generation Indigo, was released to shocked fans the following day. X-Ray Spex has stood the test of time and taste to stand out from the English punk rock mid-late ’70s era. Their initial handful of singles and debut album – Germ Free Adolescents – some 16 songs total – still stand as strong statements in a field of often now-faded thrashers. That album was released on major label EMI, the home of the Beatles, and it reached number 30 in the UK album charts. But it was punk as fuck, and such was the nature of things in those few brief months in the late ’70s where punk bands were in the mainstream.

OK. So why was Poly Styrene awesome? She was a chubby, mixed-race (Somali/Scottish-Irish) teenage girl with braces in awkward, brightly colored clothes who could barely hold on to the tune. And, despite the mentions of this by the critics of the time and later, and the insistence that she was the antithesis of a rock band front person, she was, in fact, the perfect front person for X-Ray Spex. None of these things mattered. She was just awesome. What she did was brilliant, and it was popular. X-Ray Spex were a chart success in the late ’70s: they were on Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test and recorded sessions for John Peel. A few years after X-Ray Spex released Germ Free Adolescents on EMI, the rock band Heart were signed to that label and their lead singer Ann Wilson notoriously received much pressure from the label over her weight. Like I said. It just didn’t matter with Poly Styrene. The subject never came up.

Poly would go on to release some very different solo material shortly after X-Ray Spex broke up the first time around, before vanishing into a Krishna-tinged haze for a bit. X-Ray Spex re-emerged in the mid-’90s to release the little known album Conscious Consumer. The Spex did not get far after that after Poly was run over by a fire engine(!). Poly came back strong during the last decade with two solo albums, an X-Ray Spex reunion (the Roundhouse reunion show was released on CD/DVD in late 2009) and the holiday singles “City of Christmas Ghosts” with Goldblade in 2008 and “Black Christmas” in 2010. She will be much missed.

Poly Styrene Official Site

Obituaries and memories:

A roundup of Twitter memories on Spinner.com

13 Reasons Poly Styrene Was Cool on And Your Bird Can Swing

“Remembering Poly Styrene” and interview on Pop Dose

Los Angeles Times Obituary

The Guardian Obituary

Video of the Week: Street Eaters

April 27th, 2011 by

Berkeley, CA’s STREET EATERS are probably in their studio practicing or painting/drawing/cutting and pasting art together for a new record as you read this. (Their first full length is being mastered right now!) We, however, are on our computers reading this. Check out this video for a little ditty entitled “Frigid Digits”! It’s from a split with Chico, CA’s Severance Package that was put out by Dead Broke/Dirt Cult/Lost Cat Records/1,000 Million Billion labels. After digesting said audio/visual stimuli, let’s all take a cue from Street Eaters and go create something!

New Band Spotlight: Stab

April 26th, 2011 by

Starting to play gigs around December last year, STAB is a new band coming out of the current London straight edge crowd, playing fast, raw,  blown out, politically aware hardcore, taking a heavy influence from UK hardcore heavyweights such as Ripcord and Heresy.  I was lucky enough to be visiting the UK when they played their second gig in a cramped practice room and unleashed a hectic and blinding set that blew me away.

They’ve just put out a killer 7-song demo tape that covers topics from the current rise of the right wing in Britain and beyond, and the use of drugs for social control and cultural imperialism. It hasn’t left my tape deck since getting my hands on it.  You can get a copy at the band’s blog which also has one of the demo songs for download, along with a practice room recording.  Apparently, a 7″ is in the works that I can’t wait to get hold of, as well as a Spanish tour — so if you live in Spain make sure to check it out!

(photo by Daniel Knott)

Monday Photo Blog: FP!!!

April 25th, 2011 by

Hey everybody. It’s Monday, time for a new serving of photos from the staff here at MRR’s Monday Photo Blog department. This week features Catalan punks FP, sent by Barós Rass, shot by Toni Soldevila.

FP @ La reina d'Africa, Barcelona, February 2010 (photo by Toni Soldevila)

FP @ Sugar Fest, Vic (Barcelona), Spain, September 2007 (photo by Toni Soldevila)

FP @ Sugar Fest, Vic (Barcelona), Spain, September 2007 (photo by Toni Soldevila)

FP @ Sugar Fest, Vic (Barcelona), Spain, September 2007 (photo by Toni Soldevila)

Barós says, “The three colour pictures were taken at ‘Sugar il·legal Fest‘ 2007, a two-day free Punk/HC fest on the street. We are organizing that special fest since 2000 in Vic (Barcelona, Spain).” And an added bonus, you can download the compilation they put out for the 10th birthday of the fest HERE (click the second link to download the comp, on the word “aquí”).

On another note, Andrea Rigano, whom you may remember from the Maximum Rocknroll Photo Issue, has a new issue of Salad Days out. Tons of photos, most likely a great looking photo zine. Check it out!

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send them to: Be sure to put “MRR Photo Blog” in the subject. Include your name, the band, where and when it was shot. Just send your best photos – edit tightly. Three to five photos is plenty. We like to exercise a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 600 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

MRR Radio #1241 • 4/24/11

April 25th, 2011 by

MRR Radio is a weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rocknroll record collection. You can find the MRR Radio podcast, as well as specials, archives, and more info at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned!

THIS WEEK: Rotten Ron and Hal, with some help from Anna, get Jeebus to rise up from a long night of drinkin’ and give youse a Happy Easter…



Intro song:
LIL BUNNIES – Carrot Belly Bunny Rock

Rotten Ron – Easter Everywhere
FEEDERZ – Jesus Entering
MDC – Chicken Squawk
DR KNOW – God Told Me To
CRUCIFUCKS – Cops for Fertilizer
TEENAGE QUEERS – Swastikas for Christ

Hal – Bob Fest 2011
7 CROWNS – Sun Skulls
RESTARTS – Dead Inside
KICKER – Bobsaw

Rotten Ron – Actually Plays New Stuff
SCHOOL JERKS – Ready to Die
CIRCLE PIT – Sewercide
NIGHT BIRDS – Midnight Movies
URBAN WASTE – Boogeyman
STEAKNIVES – Devil Inside

Hal – Owing Hotdog
NORMALS – Everyday
CUTE LEPERS – Damaging Act
CHEMICALS – Pep Schnapps
M.O.T.O. – Here Comes Our Rock
TRANZMITORS – Plastic Genocide

Outro song:
HOOKERS – Zombie Maker