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This review is from: Germ Free Adolescents (Audio CD)
Bursting on the scene in 1977, X-Ray Spex were one of the most unusual and colourful bands of the British punk explosion. Like their contemporaries Siouxsie And The Banshees, they had a female lead singer: the eccentric Poly Styrene with her charming dress sense. The original band consisted of Poly, Lora Logic (sax), Jack Stafford (guitar), Paul Dean (bass) and BP Hurding (drums). The Spex were first and foremost a singles band and made the UK charts with the angry anthemic Oh Bondage Up Yours and more pop-like numbers like The Day The World Turned Dayglo and Identity. The title track Germ Free Adolescents is a lovely melodic ballad on which Poly actually sings instead of screeches. This album includes other treasures like Genetic Engineering, Warrior In Woolworths and I'm A Poseur. I found the music more cute than threatening or angst-ridden like some other punk music, and still enjoyable after all these years. For a more comprehensive compilation, I recommend Let's Submerge: The Anthology, as it contains multiple versions of their most memorable songs plus other single releases, like Highly Inflammable, that are not represented here.