The Day The World Turned Dayglo - X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents
Label: Virgin - TCVM 9001,Art-I-Ficial Products - none • Series: Virgin Universal • Format: Cassette Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk, New Wave
X-Ray Spex were an English punk rock band from London that formed in During their first incarnation —79X-Ray Spex were "deliberate underachievers"  and only managed to release five singles and one album. This latter instrument was an atypical addition to the standard punk instrumental line-up,  and became one of the group's most distinctive features. Lora played on only one of the band's records. As she was only fifteen, playing saxophone was a hobby and she left the band to complete Lazy Nerd 204 - March Tracks education.
X-Ray Spex's other distinctive musical element was Poly Styrene's voice, which has been variously described as "effervescently discordant"  and "powerful enough to drill holes through sheet metal". Born in in Bromley, Kentof both Somali and British parentage, Poly Styrene became the group's public face, and Afrika - Disquiet - Afrika / Gyal Tune (File) one of the most memorable front-women to emerge from the punk movement.
Mark Paytress recounts in the liner notes for the compilation, The Anthologythat Jah WobbleRotten's longtime friend and bassist for his post-punk venture PiLonce described Styrene as a "strange girl who often talked of hallucinating.
She freaked John out. Styrene was inspired to form a band by seeing the The Day The World Turned Dayglo - X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents Pistols in Hastings and, through their live performances, she and X-Ray Spex became one of the most talked about acts on the infant punk scene.
In March, the band played with The Drones and Chelsea. It was recorded and their anthem " Oh Bondage Up Yours! Styrene was nineteen years old at the time of the recording.
Today, the 45 is regarded as their most enduring artefact, both as a piece The Day The World Turned Dayglo - X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents music and as a sort of proto-grrrl catchphrase. In lateLora Logic was replaced on saxophone, first temporarily by John Glyn who later joined Wreckless Eric 's bandand then permanently by Rudi Thompson also known as Steve Rudi.
In Novemberthe band released their debut album. With the exception of "Identity", which was partially based on Styrene witnessing Bromley Contingent member Tracie O'Keefe slash her wrists in the restroom of the Roxy, the rest of Germfree Adolescents dealt with the anti consumerist theme. Exhausted by touring, Poly Styrene left the band in midthough she is seen performing with the band in the film, DOA. She released a solo album, Translucencebefore joining the Hare Krishna movement as did Logic, who left the band aged 16 in to form a new group called Essential Logic.
Without Styrene, the group lost its momentum and split up. The same reviewer in The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music sums up the band's s contribution as "one of the most inventive, original and genuinely exciting groups to emerge during the punk era".
In X-Ray Spex reformed for a surprise sell-out gig at the Brixton Academy where Poly appeared in a blue foam dress with an army helmet to her regret.
Although heralded as the first in a trilogy, the album was not a commercial success. Styrene later explained  that touring and promotional work suffered an abrupt end when she was run over by a fire engine in central London, suffering a fractured pelvis. The following year X-Ray Spex played at the 20th Anniversary Thats Alright - The Cosh Boys - Those British Sounds Punk Festival in Blackpool minus Poly Styrene, overcoming her last-minute decision to withdraw by recruiting a replacement female singer named 'Poly Filla'.
The band subsequently disbanded, but later releases include a compilation of the group's early records, a live album, and an The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Various - Childhood Songs: 40 Nostalgic Recordings of all the aforementioned. The band including original bass player Paul Dean, played what was described as a raucous comeback gig  and in front of an audience of 3, full at The Roundhouse in London on 6 September The gig consisted of Germfree Adolescents in its entirety, with the exception of "Plastic Bag".
Poly Styrene died of spinal and breast The Day The World Turned Dayglo - X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents on 25 April in East SussexEngland at the age of The documentary comes in conjunction with the year anniversary Germfree Adolescents. Listing of those various artist compilation albums mentioned in the text of the main article:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the punk band.
For other uses, see X-Ray Specs disambiguation. All Time Top Albums. Enfield: Guinness Publishing. The Great Indie Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate. Up Yours! Wolverhampton: Borderline Publications. Ontario: Collector's Guide Publication. Archived from the original on 24 August Revolt-in-plastic punk.
Archived from the original on 22 November Retrieved 29 June Encyclopedia of Albums: 1, Best-Ever Albums. Bristol: Dempsey Parr. London: Cassell. Death and Taxes Magazine. Retrieved 20 October Archived from the original on 19 October NME published 13 May Archived from the original on 27 October Retrieved 19 January Alternative Rock. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. The Register.
Retrieved 23 May Archived from the original on 4 March Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music. London: Virgin Books. The Independent. Retrieved 26 April London: Guinness World Records Limited. X-Ray Spex. Hurding Rudi Thomson Lora Logic. Germfree Adolescents Conscious Consumer. Essential Logic. Categories : English new wave musical groups English punk rock groups Musical groups from London Musical groups established in Musical groups disestablished in Underground punk scene in the United Kingdom.
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