Friday Genius Ten: “God Save British Punk” Edition
Terrible news to hear that Poly Styrene, one of the great singers of punk rock, passed away this week of breast cancer at age 53. Her most famous band, the X-Ray Spex, were remarkable for putting out one of the most solidly awesome punk records of the era, Germ Free Adolescents. Most punk rockers weren't consistent song writers right out of the box, but the X-Ray Spex were able to make diverse music that was good across the board. Their most famous song is a screamer called "Oh Bondage Up Yours", but I'm going to post a video to one of their slow songs, which also displays how clever and subversive their lyrics were. The Sex Pistols took on the monarchy, but I think there's something more subversive about the targets the X-Ray Spex took on: the expectations on young women to be pretty and perfect being a big one. And in "Germ Free Adolescents", they made fun of the hygiene industry.
Original song: "Germ Free Adolescents" by the X-Ray Spex
Here's the Genius ten off this song. Share yours in comments!
1) "Babylon's Burning" by The Ruts
2) "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" by The Adverts
3) "New Rose" by The Damned
4) "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight" by The Rezillos
5) "Don't Dictate" by Penetration
6) "What Do I Get" by The Buzzcocks
7) "King Rocker" by Generation X
8) "Blank Generation" by Richard Hell
9) "Another Girl, Another Planet" by The Only Ones
10) "Baby Baby" by The Vibrators
Since Penetration came up, I have to play them.
And since it's British punk rock day and the day of the royal wedding, why the fuck not?