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|1. I Luv Ur Sneakers|
|2. Virtual Boyfriend|
|3. Generation Indigo|
|5. White Gold|
|8. Code Pink Dub|
|9. Colour Blind|
|10. Thrash City|
|11. No Rockefeller|
|12. Electric Blue Monsoon|
At the end of 2010, Poly Styrene, the unforgettable frontwoman and iconic face of the seminal band X-ray Spex announced her return to the music scene. Poly Styrene's return is highly anticipated, she remains a genuine icon and one of the premier influences on the Riot Grrrl and Britpop scenes. Currently, a new set of young American bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Gossip and countless others recognise her fiery, irrepressible presence. With her great self-styled image, brilliantly sharp lyrics and powerful presence, Poly's indomitable spirit still inspires.
Poly showcases humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics.
`Generation Indigo' is a fantastic return to form for Poly and a welcome comeback for her fans. With her never-failing ability to connect with her audience regardless of the year and their age, Poly Styrene's remarkable voice sounds as vibrant and innocent as ever.
Limited Edition Deluxe CD is packaged in a hard case book format and includes 5 x exclusive Poly Styrene designed artwork prints
While even a casual glance at any current interviews with the former X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene will reveal that she is currently fighting against cancer, it should be said right from the start that this album would be regarded as an unqualified success regardless of her health. If anything it sounds like she pushed herself even harder than usual, and is only concentrating on getting better now that she has this album out of the way. Her choice of producer Youth, the Killing Joke bassist and Paul McCartney collaborator, would back this theory up as he is a notoriously hard task master. In fact his first instruction to her, when she turned up at his Spanish studio with a clutch of 15 songs, was for her to leave again and come back with five new ones, with even more hooks.
Her background as one of the authors of Oh Bondage, Up Yours! and Youth’s as one of the authors of Requiem might suggest that Poly has returned to her punk roots, but nothing could be further from the truth. I Luv Ur Sneakers acknowledges her influence on the likes of Beth Ditto of Gossip and Tahita Bulmer of New Young Pony Club by indulging in some lolloping elastic disco punk that calls to mind the Soulwax remix of Standing in the Way of Control, or NYPC’s own Ice Cream. But while some elder statesmen of punk can often appear ridiculously out of date or out of touch when they try to engage with dance culture (John Lydon’s Psycho’s Path of 1997 springs to mind), the diminutive but evergreen singer seems as youthful as she always has.
What is truly amazing about Poly Styrene is that, despite being at the cutting edge of one of the most militantly nihilistic musical genres of the last 40 years and being subject to some viciously unfair cards dealt by the hand of fate in the terms of mental and physical health, she has always remained an exemplar of positivity. While her utter chipperness on tracks such as No Rockefeller (which sounds disarmingly like a cross between the Rastamouse theme music and M.I.A.’s Paper Planes) will be too much for some dark-hearted souls, her enthusiasm is undeniably infectious. Elsewhere, on Ghoulish, she revisits the proto-shoegaze (tempered with highlife) territory carved out by Cocteau Twins and Altered Images.
This is a pop dance album par excellence bristling with positivity, tunes and ideas. Here’s wishing her a speedy and full recovery. --John Doran
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very enjoyable, but quirky too, lived up to review i read about 5 year ago.Published 3 days ago by stuart eastmead
I love this woman yet she always seems to be overlooked. She pioneered the riot grrrl movement that emerged in the 90s & as a female punk performer she has been at least as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by RH
Eco - infused post punk cd from our Poly who left us far too early. Great voice. A+Published 11 months ago by patsylovesjazz
best album i bought in 2014 . punk/ska top top top, i liked the punk era and the ska era even though im only about to hit 40 years old and not my era, and i just... Read more
Oh god. This is a JOY! Seriously.
What a superb album from one of THE Greats of the punk era.
And what a Cruel cruel fate that she’s not with us now. Read more