“Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard;
But I think Oh Bondage Up Yours!”
X-Ray Spex was one of the most instantly recognizable bands from that original wave of Punk. Their sound, energetic and slightly discordant rush, with Laura Logic’s saxophone and Poly Styrene's howl setting the sound apart from any other band on the fledgling Punk scene. Visually, Poly stood out from the crowd with her mixed-race ethnicity, prominent thick braces and day-glo wardrobe. She rebelled against the stereotypical notion of the female pin-up and consumerism and championed the roll of female equality.
At the age of 14, along with drummer Palmolive, Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt, Ari Up formed The Slits. They became one of the most notorious groups on the early London Punk scene with an unconventional, abrasive sound that mixed reggae dub rhythms with scratchy abrasive guitars creating something that was both angry and joyous.
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