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Poly Styrene
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Background information
Birth nameMarianne Joan Elliott-Said
Born3 July 1957
Bromley, Kent, England
Died25 April 2011(2011-04-25) (aged 53)
Sussex, England
GenresPunk, rock, New Wave, dub
Occupation(s)Vocalist, songwriter
Years active1976–2011
LabelsUniversal, EMI/Virgin, Future Noise Music
Associated actsX-Ray Spex

Poly Styrene (3 July 1957 – 25 April 2011),[1][2] was a British musician. She was best known as the singer in the early punk rock band X-Ray Spex.

Early life

She was born in 1957 in Bromley, Kent, and raised in Brixton, London.[3] Her mother raised her alone.[4] Her father was a Somali aristocrat.[5][6] She ran away from home as a teenager and lived in empty houses.[4] She saw the Sex Pistols perform on her birthday in 1975.[7] That gave her the idea to start her own punk band X-Ray Spex. She was an unusual music start because she wore braces, was mixed race, and dressed differently.[8]

Personal life

Poly Styrene's real name was Marianne Joan Elliott-Said. She lived in St Leonards, East Sussex.[5] She joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1983.[9]

In 1991, Poly Styrene was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[3] She had breast cancer which metastasised to her spine. She died of breast cancer on 25 April 2011 at the age of 53.[1][2][10]

List of solo recordings

Albums

EPs

  • Gods & Goddesses (Awesome, 1986)

Singles

  • "Silly Billy"/"What A Way"—as Mari Elliot (GTO, 1976)
  • "Talk In Toytown"/"Sub Tropical" (United Artists, 1980)
  • "City Of Christmas Ghosts"—Goldblade featuring Poly Styrene (Damaged Goods, 2008)
  • "Black Christmas" (2010)[12]
  • "Virtual Boyfriend" (2011)[13]
  • "Ghoulish" (2011)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Punk icon Poly Styrene dies at 53". BBC News. 26 April 2011. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13193968. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Poly Styrene dies, aged 53, Digital Spy, 26 April 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Poly Styrene". 26 April 2011. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/music-obituaries/8474819/Poly-Styrene.html. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The return of punk's first lady". The Independent 21 November 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 Philby, Charlotte (April 19, 2008). My secret life: Poly Styrene, Singer, 51. London. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/my-secret-life-poly-styrene-singer-51-811129.html. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  6. Abbene, Jillian (2008). on the record with Poly Styrene. http://www.sugarbuzzmagazine.com/bands/polystyrene/poly.html. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  7. "x-ray spex official site/diary3". http://www.x-rayspex.com/diary/diary3.html. 
  8. "Poly Styrene Music News & Info". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/bio/index.jsp?pid=120173. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  9. "When 'gay' Boy George was rejected to be part of Hare Krishna movement". www.topnews.in. 27 July 2009. http://www.topnews.in/when-gay-boy-george-was-rejected-be-part-hare-krishna-movement-2194460. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  10. "X-Ray Spex's Poly Styrene dies of cancer". New Musical Express. http://www.nme.com/news/x-ray-spex/56316. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  11. "x-ray spex official site - poly's solo activity". http://www.x-rayspex.com/solo/activity1.html. 
  12. X-Ray Spex Poly Styrene to release solo album. October 29, 2010. http://www.nme.com/news/x-ray-spex/53626. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  13. "Poly Styrene Takes Aim at Technology's Failings in 'Virtual Boyfriend' Video". Spinner UK. 9 February 2011. http://www.spinnermusic.co.uk/2011/02/09/poly-styrene-generation-indigo/. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 

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