Poly Styrene, the lead singer of the pioneering punk band X-Ray Spex, died on Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 53.
Styrene's glass-shattering vocals made the band's 1978 album Germ Free Adolescents a punk masterpiece, and the song "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" in particular stands out as one of punk feminism's original eff yous to the sexism and prejudice that existed not only in mainstream society, but in the burgeoning punk community as well.
Her influence on the future of female-created punk music is undeniable. "Her lyrics influenced EVERYONE I KNOW WHO MAKES MUSIC," Kathleen Hanna wrote today on her website. Her death preceded today's release of her new album, Generation Indigo. She will be missed.