“I’ve been diagnosed with cancer, which has been a huge shock for both of us. I’m trying to fight it and I’m determined to stay positive. Celeste has done lots of research and she feels I can get better. And I need to get better for her, because I’m all the family she’s got”. Una confessione che nel febbraio scorso suonava pesante come un macigno. La storica ex cantante degli X-Ray Spex non ce l’ha fatta. Poly Styrene (all’anagrafe Marian Joan Elliot-Said) è morta a 53 anni vinta da quel tumore al seno che stava combattendo tenacemente anche grazie all’aiuto della figlia Celeste. A marzo era uscito il terzo album solista ‘Generation Indigo’. Tralasciando le sporadiche reunion durante gli anni, l’essenza dei londinesi X-Ray Spex è stata compressa nel lasso di tempo dal 1976 al 1979 quando qualcuno scrivera a riguardo: “X-Ray Spex were a wonderful, shambling, musical mess of rebellion, fashion and fun. Main muse Poly Styrene danced, yelped, screamed and sang over the joyful noise belted out by her punchy buzzsaw’n’biscuit-tin band while fighting off Laura Logic’s sax honks from stage left – all with a smile of pure glee”. Il triste annuncio del decesso è stato comunicato via Twitter: “We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places. PSTeam.”


“Poly Styrene made a truly original contribution to the spirit of punk. Celebrate her life!” (Billy Bragg)

“R.I.P. Poly Styrene…she was amazing, one of a kind, x ray spex Germ Free Adolescents a great record, she gave great gifts bless her soul” (Flea)

“Fkn sad day…Poly Styrene R.I.P.” (Beastie Boys)

“OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!!! R.I.P. Poly Styrene. Important voice in punk rock lady awesomeness.” (Amanda Palmer)

“Poly Styrene was THE badass, rest in peaches” (Owen Pallett)

(Damian Abraham-Fucked Up“Some people say little girls should be seen and not heard. Well I think…”

(Glen Matlock“I am still trying to collect my thoughts on the matter, but again it’s someone in the rock scene that has died far too young, and it’s a great loss.”

“Oh bless you Polly you will be missed! Legend!” (Boy George)