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Music, All Shook Down Oh Cancer, Up Yours: Appreciating Poly Styrene

Oh Cancer, Up Yours: Appreciating Poly Styrene

A tiny, curly-haired creature pressed into a life-size test tube, smiling just slightly with braces and wrapped in a bright yellow coat with dark tights. Posing on the cover of the landmark X-Ray Spex album, Germ-Free Adolescents, in 1978,…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex Singer and Punk Pioneer

R.I.P. Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex Singer and Punk Pioneer

Legendary punk pioneer and X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene, born Marianne Elliott Said, passed away last night from breast cancer at the age of 53. In an unfortunate coincidence with the passing last week of TV on the Radio's…
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Music, Reviewed Adult.

Adult.

"I'm falling apart, I'm coming unglued," Adult. singer Nicola Kuperus yelps over the fluid, flanged bass line, coldhearted robo-drum snap, and brain-drilling electronic squelches of "In My Nerves." That's the spirit, lady! On its third full-length, the Detroit trio of…
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