This week our Fanatic Freak Flag is at half mast as we say goodbye to Poly Styrene, great vocalist of X Ray Spex, who passed away last Monday from breast cancer. The band was one of the first on London’s break out Punk Rock scene and also one of the best. The band never recorded much, one iconic album and a few b-sides and then that was all. When the music is as good as theirs was, that’s really all you need.
So, tonight, we will start our show with the band’s perhaps best known song and in the second hour, play the band’s album, Germ-Free Adolescents in its entirety.
It is a little much perhaps to miss someone you never met but the fact that Poly is no longer in the world is very sad to me. This is music I have listened to for well over half of my life.
Here’s a nice write up: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/apr/26/poly-styrene-obituary?intcmp=239
If you take a look, you will see that we have all kinds of good thangs all around our X Ray Spex fest. A very cool band called Gentle, a great Tumbleweed track from a recently released retrospective of their work, brand new TV Smith, a very interesting track from a 2CD set I strongly recommend called Persian Electronic Music on the Sub Rosa label. I bought the record because the title fairly screamed “Check me out!” so I did. Very worthwhile.
We finish with a great band covering a great band. The Melvins doing and MC5 song. Sadly, we lose the great Ploy Styrene but we have her great music to play and pass around.
It’s going to be a great two hours of music so listen loud and STAY FANATIC!!!
E-mail address for Henry: HenryOnTheRadio@gmail.com
01. X-Ray Spex - Oh! Bondage Up Yours! / Single
02. Ramones - I Just Wanna Have Something To Do / Road To Ruin
03. Rolling Stones - Rip This Joint / Exile On Main Street
04. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat / White Light/White Heat
05. The Weirdos - Solitary Confinement / Dangerhouse Volume One
06. Fugazi – Greed / Repeater + 3 Songs
07. The Buzzcocks - Noise Annoys (Peel 04-17-78) / Love Bites
08. Cabaret Voltaire – Landslide / Red Mecca
09. Stan Getz & João Gilberto – Doralice / Getz/Gilberto
10. Gentle - Psychic Surgery / Jupiter Will Protect You
11. Matthew Payne - I Define / Prodigal Son Sessions
12. Tsuxma – Hayabue / Hayashi Music Of Noh
13. Family Fodder - Savoir Faire / Savoir Faire: The Best Of Family Fodder
14. Wire – Lowdown / Pink Flag
15. Tumbleweed – Stoned / The Waterfront Years
16. TV Smith - No Message Please / Coming In To Land
17. Milo Way - We Need More Rattlesnakes / Fonotone Records
18. Jacques Berrocal – Palmyre / Fatal Encounters
19. X-Ray Spex - Art-I-Ficial / Germ-Free Adolescents
20. X-Ray Spex - Obsessed With You / Germ-Free Adolescents
21. X-Ray Spex - Warrior In Woolworths / Germ-Free Adolescents
22. X-Ray Spex - Let's Submerge / Germ-Free Adolescents
23. X-Ray Spex - I Can't Do Anything / Germ-Free Adolescents
24. X-Ray Spex - Identity / Germ-Free Adolescents
25. X-Ray Spex - Genetic Engineering / Germ-Free Adolescents
26. X-Ray Spex - I Live Off You / Germ-Free Adolescents
27. X-Ray Spex - I Am A Poseur / Germ-Free Adolescents
28. X-Ray Spex - Germ-Free Adolescents / Germ-Free Adolescents
29. X-Ray Spex - Plastic Bag / Germ-Free Adolescents
30. X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Dayglo / Germ-Free Adolescents
31. Wele, Wele (Offering To Death) - Babsy McQueen & chorus / Caribbean Voyage: Grenada
32. Ata Ebtakar aka Sote – Niaaz / Persian Electronic Music
33. Dum Dum Dum - Dum Dum Dum / Messthetics Greatest Hits: The Sounds Of D.I.Y. 1977-80
34. Melvins - Poison / Singles 1-12