On Wednesday, March 29, starting 3 am, From the Soundboard will close out Women's History Month by focusing on the artist that was described by Billboard as the "archetype for the modern-day feminist punk". We will also focus on her band which was described by The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music as “one of the most inventive, original and genuinely exciting groups to emerge during the punk era". The artist was known as Poly Styrene and her band was X-Ray Spex.
Patti Smith may get a great deal more credit as the godmother of punk, but the archetype for modern-day feminist punk should really be traced to Poly Styrene, leader of first-wave London punk legends X-Ray Spex. Styrene was undoubtedly one of the least conventional frontpersons in rock history, male or female -- a chubby, half-white/half-Somalian teenager who still wore braces, not to mention a loud Day-Glo wardrobe. [Steve Huey - All Music Guide]