The Old Stuff | X-Ray Spex

Poly Styrene, via Sunday Morning

My intro to X Ray Spex‘s music was, I think, through a brief clip on Julian Temple’s The Filth and the Fury doco about the Sex Pistols. The clip was of Poly Styrene & Co. on stage at Top of the Pops. Styrene was belting out The Day the World Turned Day-Glo and it was fucking awesome.

I didn’t investigate further at the time. A couple of years later, while going through one of my periodic intense ladyvocals cravings, it occurred to me that I should “download that X Ray Spex album”.

I love it so much. There are a whole bunch of sublime moments in there that make me feel as though I can do anything. Truly empowering music is a rare, incredible thing.

X Ray Spex’ Germfree Adolescents is surely one of punk’s legitimately-classic albums. It shits on anything the Sex Pistols ever did, that’s for sure.

Youtube love:

Video for Identity single (1978) Identity
Top of the Pops (1978) – The Day the World Turned Day-Glo
Punk in London doco (1977) – Oh, Bondage! Up Yours

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