RIP X-Ray Spex Singer Poly Styrene

04/26/2011 9:47 AM |

Poly Styrene, lead singer for British band X-ray Spex, died yesterday at the age of 53. She played as integral a role as anyone in shaping the look, sound and politics of generations of feminist punks that would follow, the most obviously indebted to her being the Riot Grrls of the early 90s. Her most recent solo album, Generation Indigo, came out in the U.K. in late-March, but only sees its U.S. release today.