In 1976, Poly Styrene (Marion Elliott-Said) of Brixton, after catching the Sex Pistols play an early show, placed an ad in a couple British music papers in search of “Young Punx Who Want to Stick It Together.” The result was the album Germ Free Adolescents by X-Ray Spex and the hit single “Oh Bondage Up Yours!”
The first wave, braces-wearing, daughter of a dispossessed Somali aristocrat, proto-riot-grrl, Hare Krishna convert succumbed to cancer on Monday at the age of only 53.
Check out an early interview on youtube here.
Check out the video for the single “Virtual Boyfriend” from her recent solo album Indigo Generation here.
X-ray Spex, “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” [Buy The Anthology from Amazon]
Having already posted a Nico cover, today I just can’t resist a track from another album released in North America through the same production company, Stone’s Throw Records, that put out Aloe Blacc’s Good Things.
Anika’s self-titled debut is out this week and the most difficult part of posting about it is deciding which of its excellent tracks to share. Her novel interpretation of Dylan’s “Masters of War?” Well, Noise Narcs has kind of been there… A dark and melancholy winter song (“Sadness Licks the Sun”)? Eh, Noise Narcs has sort of done that…
In the end, I decided on “I Go To Sleep,” a dark, plaintive track offered for free download from the Stones Throw website. Keep it up, Stones Throw. Here’s some of their press on Anika:
Released this week, LP/CD/digital: self-titled debut produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead. Out in North America on Stones Throw Records.
Anika and Beak> (Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams) went into the studio to begin recording material just a week after meeting. The resulting album was recorded in twelve days, live, with the four together in one room. Dub with no overdubs. The collaboration is political, trashy, dub, punk, funk … a cohesive sound, and experience in uneasy listening.
Anika, “I Go To Sleep” [Amazon]
Cheese People, hailing from Samara, a city of about a million people on the banks of the Volga, haven’t yet toured very far outside the Russian Federation, but the catchy fun of their self-titled debut has made them one of the most unique and popular club-punk acts in the former USSR. Given the strength of their recently released sophomore-effort, the all-acoustic Well Well Well (downloadable free here), I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground for a US tour.
Cheese People, “Ua-A-A!”
Cheese People, “Angry Stupid Faces”