You know Marianne Elliot? No? How about Poly Styrene? No? You Sure? Well, you know the X Ray Spex, right? Well then you know Poly. And if you know Poly, you know Mari.
Marianne Elliot, better known as Poly Styrene, was the front woman for the British Punk Band, the X Ray Spex. She was a driving force in the scene and, perhaps, one of the best know, if not THE best known, female punk vocalist of the time. Eighteen years old, wearing braces on her teeth, and dressed in MOD/Punk garb, she screeched her messages against consumerism and environmental destruction.
Only one album was released with the band, Germ Free Adolescents, in 1978, but she did go on to create a couple solo albums. One being released just this year (Generation Indigo).
She never lost her edge or her passion for spreading the word of consumer ills and the feminist plight.
Poly past away yesterday after a very long, and well fought battle with both spinal and breast cancer. She will be missed by many and will live for a very long time in our iPods.
Love, Respect, and “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”