An utterly essential slice of original punk music: X-Ray Spex fierce Germfree Adolescents! Poly Styrene and the gang are on invincible form, tearing through each track and distributing fury at society in every direction. Available on radioactive green coloured vinyl, but only while limited stocks last! On Real Gone Music.
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9/10 The Doc 1st March 2017
The price is a bit savage as I think you can pick up an original pressing for about the same price if you shop around, but this is absolutely essential if you don't have it already.
Probably the best release from all the first wave of UK punk bands (and I'm including the Clash and the Pistols in that), this is a blistering set of classic tunes that really epitomise the mood of the time. There are tons of great riffs and clanging rhythms, underpinned by some incessant sax lines that provide a slyly melodic counterpoint to all the noise going on around them. Poly Styrene's harsh, shrill, almost atonal vocals set it all off brilliantly, and the lyrics - taking pot-shots at consumerism and the difficulty of creating personal, alternative identities in what was/is fundamentally a conservative and conformist society - are bang on the money.
This was out of print for a long, long time; I know Rough Trade did a limited press of it last year, but hopefully now someone will see fit to give the equally brilliant 'Cut' by the Slits a more widely-available reissue to go with this. Brilliant stuff.
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