henryeudy
henryeudy:

OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS! This/last week’s #AlphaBands entry is X for X-Ray Spex!
Poly Styrene started X-Ray Spex in 1976 after seeing the Sex Pistols do a set of covers in an empty music hall and so was on that first eccentric wave of Punk in the UK. While a lot of bands were dominoes set to tumble by the sneering vocals of Rotten and Company, Poly and X-Ray Spex are, to my ears, one of the few to take the newborn punk milieu and turn it into something more artful than angst. Compare Poly Styrene to her contemporaries at the time like Siouxsie Sioux and Debbie Harry to see just how fascinatingly avant-garde she was in every aspect of her personality. Anyhow, a great band. I especially like how the saxophone on most of the songs sounds like it came free in a box of Trix.     

henryeudy:

OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS! This/last week’s #AlphaBands entry is X for X-Ray Spex!

Poly Styrene started X-Ray Spex in 1976 after seeing the Sex Pistols do a set of covers in an empty music hall and so was on that first eccentric wave of Punk in the UK. While a lot of bands were dominoes set to tumble by the sneering vocals of Rotten and Company, Poly and X-Ray Spex are, to my ears, one of the few to take the newborn punk milieu and turn it into something more artful than angst. Compare Poly Styrene to her contemporaries at the time like Siouxsie Sioux and Debbie Harry to see just how fascinatingly avant-garde she was in every aspect of her personality. Anyhow, a great band. I especially like how the saxophone on most of the songs sounds like it came free in a box of Trix.     

Anonymous asked:

What do you think about "Conscious Consumer"?

Not as good as (and pretty different from) Germfree Adolescents, of course, but naturally worth a listen if you’re into them.  It’s often catchy and less harsh, for lack of a better word, than the first album.

Anonymous asked:

could you just sum up in one sentence what is each song of 'germ free adolescents' about? it would be a big help for me

Wow, that’s a tough question!  Poly could pack a lot of meaning and imagery into one song, and I can’t explain it all.  But I’ve tried to give you some idea of the general theme of the songs.  I’m so sorry this took me a ridiculous time to answer, I hope it can still be helpful!

(Followers, feel free to reply with your own interpretations or additional info.)

[[MORE]]Art-I-Ficial – About an existence dependent on artificial means, in an artificial capitalist society.
Obsessed with You – Being reduced to an symbol by fame and media obsession.
Warrior In Woolworth’s – Presumably about a Woolworth’s department store worker with a secret underground life: “behind his servile innocence/he plots and he schemes”.
Let’s Submerge – Punks venturing into the city at night (with lots of cool imagery).
I Can’t Do Anything – Tongue-in-cheek celebration of not being able to do anything.
Identity – the most amazing song ever about identity and fame, I can’t even explain. the lyrics say it all.
Genetic Engineering – The temptation of using to technology to alter or replace the human race (such as creating “worker clones”).
I Live Off You – Everyone lives off the exploitation of others.
I am a Poseur – Celebration of shameless punk exhibitionism—“I like making people stare!” (though “overtones can be betraying”).
Germfree Adolescents – A young woman is obsessed with cleanliness, her suitors must be first be disinfected. She needs to be afraid of something, in order to survive.
Plastic Bag – Part punk manifesto (“1977 and we are going mad!”) about being “contented with confusion” and not being in control of one’s mind (which is also left open to the influence of advertisements).
The Day the World Turned Day-Glo - Watching the world turn preposterously artificial (synthetic fiber see-through leaves” on “rayon trees”).