Poly Styrene of X Ray Specs (and Hare Krishna) dies

POLY STYRENE, one of the most iconic and popular figures from the late 1970s punk movement, has died.

“We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places,” was how the former X Ray Specs singer’s Twitter account broke the news.

Poly Styrene, aka Marianne Elliot-Said, had fought a long battle against cancer.

With the single Oh Bondage Up Yours! and the album Germ Free Adolesccents, X Ray Specs were at the forefront of punk and one of the only bands to feature a woman as lead singer.

Despite their reputation and early success, X Ray Specs soon split up. Styrene went on to record solo material and to become a devotee of the Hare Krishna religious community.

“I know I’ll probably be remembered for Oh Bondage Up Yours!” she told BBC 6 Music.

“But I’d like to remembered for something a bit more spiritual.”