A shudder of embarrassment or just good fun?
Marian Joan Elliott-Said, [a]Poly Styrene[/a] to you, is one of punk’s great cult icons. Her band [a]X-Ray Spex[/a] was one of the most inventive and fun of the era. Her first record in aeons, [b]‘Generation Indigo’[/b] provides ample proof of both aforementioned claims.
Now in her mid-fifties, she’s made a record both defiant and full of grace and maturity. For one thing, it has a song entitled [b]‘I Luv Ur Sneakers’[/b]. For another it has a song whose chorus repeats, “[i]I’m a little bit kitsch/I’m a little bit kitsch[/i]” until Poly breaks into giggles. It’s the sort of record that may make the singer’s offspring wince “awww mum”, but most others will be thrilled by the unbridled fun.