X-Ray Spex are an English punk band from London that formed in 1976. The original line-up featured singer Poly Styrene (born Marion Elliot-Said) on vocals, Jak Airport (Jack Stafford) on guitars, Paul Dean on bass, Paul 'B. P.' Hurding on Drums, and Lora Logic (born Susan Whitby) on saxophone. This latter instrument was an atypical addition to the standard punk instrumental line-up, and became one of the group's most distinctive features. ...show more
X-Ray Spex are an English punk band from London that formed in 1976. The original line-up featured singer Poly Styrene (born Marion Elliot-Said) on vocals, Jak Airport (Jack Stafford) on guitars, Paul Dean on bass, Paul 'B. P.' Hurding on Drums, and Lora Logic (born Susan Whitby) on saxophone. This latter instrument was an atypical addition to the standard punk instrumental line-up, and became one of the group's most distinctive features.
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". As Mari Elliot, Poly had released a reggae single for GTO Records in 1976, "Silly Billy", which had not charted. Born in 1957 in Brixton, London, of Somali-English parentage, Poly Styrene became the group's public face, and remains one of the most memorable front-women to emerge from the punk movement. Poly Sytrene also became one of the first high-profile black people in punk rock.
She wore braces on her teeth and once stated that "If anybody tried to make me a sex symbol I would shave my head tomorrow". X-Ray Spex existed from mid-1976 to 1979, during which time they released five singles - "Oh Bondage, Up Yours", "Identity", "The Day The World Turned Day-Glo", "Germ Free Adolescents", and "HIghly Inflammable" - and one album, Germ Free Adolescents. The album and title single reached 30 and 19 in their respective charts, although "Oh Bondage, Up Yours" is regarded as their most enduring artifact, both as a piece of music and as a phrase. The song was not originally on the album, although later CD releases added it as the final track. ...show less
Albums & Singles by X-Ray Spex
Playlists Containing Tracks by X-Ray Spex
As Punk As Possible
NME: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
1001 Songs you must hear before you die
Top 1000 Indie Rock Songs of all Time
grrrls who rawk
Greatest Punk Songs On Spotify
The 50 Albums That Built Punk
Punk Rock Essentials
Digster PUNK CLASSICS
400+ Badass Power Pop 'Girl Bands'
Greatest 100 Punk Albums
The Punks Are Writing Love Songs
io9s100 Albums For Sci-Fi or Fantasy Fans
Punk Singles (1976-1979)
Pitchfork 500 1977-79
UK Punk & New Wave 76-80'S
50 Shades of Sexy
Fifty Nu Wave Shades of Grey
Music From A Misspent Youth
Safety Pin to Mohican
The History of Punk (In Chronological Order)
Treble's Top 200 Songs of the '70s
Greatest Punk Rock Songs
KCRW - Henry Rollins 175 - 2012-7-28
Alessandra's 70's/80's New Wave
Playlists We Love
Weekly Top 100 Tracks
Every Monday we publish a chart of the Top 100 tracks added to playlists in the previous week
New Releases UK
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the UK
Indie Feel Good
A hand picked selection of new indie music chosen to put a lift in your step & a smile on your face.
USA TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the best-selling singles in the United States, updated regularly.
UK TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the top-selling singles in the UK, updated regularly.
New Releases USA
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the USA
The very latest under-the-radar tracks you need to hear
The World's Most Perfect Pop Songs
The most perfect pop songs from around the world.
This is the perfect playlist to unwind & relax to
Songs To Fall Asleep To
Feeling tired? This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep.