Saturday, July 30, 2011

'Oh Bondage, Up Yours!': X-Ray Spex> Chicks On Speed



"Some people say little girls should be seen and not heard
But I think
OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!"


Punk meant to break down all barriers and restrictions- in sound, fashion, and outlook. Because of its physical energy and aggro stance, it could've trapped itself into becoming the macho crap it was trying to defeat. Luckily, POLY STYRENE changed that.


© Jerome Gaynor, Rocktober Magazine.


Poly and the X-RAY SPEX were the molotov cocktail that drove away the mob to save the party. She injected feminist parody and lacerating wit, creating a political stance with a bracing sense of humor. She made Punk fun and smarter. She opened the doors for THE SLITS, THE AU PAIRS, THE POISON GIRLS, BIKINI KILL, HOLE, L7, BABES IN TOYLAND, TRIBE 8, LESBIANS ON ECSTASY, and PEACHES.

Here she turns masochism into a metaphor for our slavery to consumerism, and tells where to put it.

X-RAY SPEX -"Oh Bondage Up Yours!" (1977)



In that fine tradition, here's CHICKS ON SPEED to alter the face of things.

CHICKS ON SPEED -"Plastic Surgery" (2006)




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