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    Poly Styrene, 1957-2011

    Sad news. From the Guardian obit:

    Styrene, who was born Marian Joan Elliott-Said, shot to fame in 1976 with X-Ray Spex, and was immortalised in punk history with the song Oh Bondage, Up Yours! "Little girls should be seen and not heard," Styrene would say to introduce the track. X-Ray Spex released one album, the acclaimed Germ Free Adolescents in 1978, before Styrene left the group.

    Despite her relatively short stint with the band, Styrene's overt feminism and mixed-race heritage marked her out among her punk contemporaries and won her legions of fans for generations to come. Beth Ditto, singer with Gossip, said: "Poly Styrene [was] so ahead of her time. She recreated punk."

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    Wow. So young, and I had no idea she'd been through so much. RIP.
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    last night when I heard the news I went and watched a ton of x-ray spex videos. Kathleen Hanna owes her entire career to Poly Styrene.
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