New Review – Generation Indigo by Poly Styrene

// 29 May 2011

Tags: ,

Cazz Blase reviews Poly Styrene’s final work, an angry album with socially biting lyrics but an overall optimistic theme


It is painfully hard to set aside the fact that Poly Styrene died not long after the release of Generation Indigo on Future Noise. This last album not only should have signalled the triumphant return of one of punk’s most singular talents. It is fresh, uplifting, sharp and musically innovative in its approach.

Prior to forming X Ray Spex in 1977, Poly had a brief go at being a pop star when she released the single ‘Silly Billy’ under her real name Marion Elliot. She first saw the Sex Pistols on her 19th birthday, then went on to place an ad for “Young punx who want to stick it together” in Melody Maker. She effectively stopped singing for the duration, becoming an ‘anti-singer’ instead.

Click here to read on and comment…

Have Your say

Comments are closed on this post

Further Reading

Has The F-Word whet your appetite? Check out our Resources section, for listings of feminist blogs, campaigns, feminist networks in the UK, mailing lists, international and national websites and charities of interest.

Write for us!

Got something to say? Something to review? News to discuss? Well we want to hear from you! Click here for more info

  • The F-Word on Twitter
  • The F-Word on Facebook
  • Our XML Feeds