Punk Pioneer Poly Styrene Dies At 53
April 26, 2011 at 4:48 AM (PT)
POLY STYRENE, the lead singer of punk band X-RAY SPEX, died MONDAY night (4/25) after battling cancer in her breast and spine.
STYRENE (real name MARIAN (variously spelled as MARIANNE and MARION) JOAN ELLIOT-SAID), 53, formed the band on her 18th birthday and was known for the group's signature song "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" X-RAY SPEX recorded one album, "Germ Free Adolescents," in 1978, and she recorded a solo album, "Translucence," in 1980, before leaving the music business and joining the Hare Krishnas. Later, she returned to music with two more solo albums, the latest, "Generation Indigo," released last month.