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Buy Loading. More Love this track. Play album Buy Loading. Scrobble Stats? What is scrobbling? Artist images 36 more. 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 are an English punk band from London that formed in Similar Artists Play all. Trending Tracks 1. Features Exploring the local sounds and scenes at Noise Pop Fest.
Albums of the latest and loved, and the ones to look out for discover By okspud1 15 Feb am. All Things Hyped: Last. Play track. Love this track. More Love this track Set track as current obsession Get track Loading. Thursday 26 March Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March Monday 30 March Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April Monday 13 April Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April Sunday 19 April Monday 20 April Tuesday 21 April Wednesday 22 April X-Ray Spex 's simultaneously squeaky and roaring frontwoman defiantly cut her own swath through the increasingly poseur-ridden early punk scene in London.
Instead of the ubiquitous "ripped T-shirts and chains" look of most rent-a-punks, Styrene had a penchant for Day-Glo outfits. While other punks channeled their energies into blind, reactionary rebellion, Styrene homed in on very specific targets -- namely big business advertising, commercialization, and sheepish poseurs. She was a woman fronting a punk band in the late '70s. She was half English, half Somali, and she wore braces on her teeth.
Poly Styrene busted down barriers -- just by walking onto the stage. And that delivery! Her voice could go from bullhorn shout to sweet-and-lyrical on a dime, and often in the midst of the same line of phrase. There was definitely no one like her at the time, and subsequent literate, rocking, female-fronted bands like Romeo Void and Poison Girls owe Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex a great debt. If you were looking for something out of the ordinary in the late-'70s London punk scene, things didn't get any more distinctive than the female-fronted sax-featuring socially literate punk rock of X-Ray Spex.
Years later, singles like "Oh! Bondage, Up Yours! If more prolific but less influential bands from this period can warrant the box set treatment, X-Ray Spex can have their two-disc anthology without any arguments -- and so it is that Sanctuary offers up the definitive story in with their release of Let's Submerge: The Anthology. And definitive it is -- even going so far as to include Poly Styrene 's pre- Spex reggae single "Silly Billy," which she recorded in under her real name, Mari Elliott.
The collection's first disc concentrates on the band's studio work, including every single and the entirety of their sole studio album, Germ Free Adolescents.
Rounding out that track list are several instrumental mixes, as well as two complete John Peel Sessions. Disc two collects all the rest, including the aforementioned reggae single, the Spex 's visceral live album Live at the Roxy , and a host of early demos.
There is some overlap on the anthology, but the multiple versions offered here are so wildly different that redundancy doesn't come into play and the extensive liner notes go a long way toward putting all the selections into a logical and enlightening context. For anyone whose appetite for Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex 's distinctive brand of punk has been whetted enough to elicit a headlong dive into their world, Let's Submerge: The Anthology serves as the Alpha and Omega encapsulation of their career.
With the regular album hopefully familiar to anybody who cares about the band, it's the mixes and the live material that are of the greatest interest, an unharnessed roar of rawness that illustrates both the innate strength of Styrene 's lyrics, and the sheer adrenalined oomph of the group.
In pure musical terms, it can sometimes seem a bloody awful racket. But, even in the pits of an instrumental meander through "Warrior In Woolworths", or hurtling through a lo-fi live "Plastic bag", it has a strength of purpose and a punchy power which established X Ray Spex among the mere handful of bands that truly recognized punk's limitations - and transformed them into an incandescent virtue.
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