Saturday, July 30, 2011

ROCK Sex: "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" - X-Ray Spex > Free Kitten > Chicks On Speed



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



ROCK Sex says the up the ante till they cry uncle.

Today the cultureal relay of "Oh Bondage Up Yours!".

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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


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, 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!" (studio, 1977)


X-RAY SPEX -"Oh Bondage Up Yours!" (live, 1978)



An Indie supergroup comprised of Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Julie Cafritz (Pussy Galore), and Yoshimi P-We (The Boredoms) later blasted upped the ante.

FREE KITTEN -"Oh Bondage Up Yours!" (1993)



In the fine tradition of sedition, here's Chicks On Speed to alter the face of things.

CHICKS ON SPEED -"Plastic Surgery" (2006)





© Tym Stevens



See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist


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