Wednesday, April 27, 2011

X-Ray Spex in Cardiff

How sad to read of the demise of Poly Styrene, lead singer of X-Ray Spex - what a great band they were. Songs about youthful alienation and the horrors of living in a consumer society have seldom sounded so urgent, so visceral, as when PS was in full flow. Away from the heat of the zeitgeist the work of some punk bands can sound a bit insipid, but X-Ray Spex’s oeuvre has stood the test of time remarkably well. The above newspaper advert (complete with obligatory misspelling of the band's name) is for a gig at the Top Rank, Cardiff, in 1977. Also on the bill were Pontypridd punkers, the Tax Exiles. RIP Poly Styrene.