Who is Poly Styrene?

Who is Poly Styrene?

With her unforgettable warrior voice, Poly Styrene became the anti-hero for punk women in the late 70’s with her distinctive style of braces, wild surreal clothes and military hats. Her lyrics talked about the plasticity of city life and consumerism, and the shallow, toxic and mindless nature of modern life, a good 20 years before anybody else started talking about it.

Poet, singer, maverick and mother. Sadly taken from the world too soon.

“I once said I would shave my head if anyone tried to turn me into a sex symbol, and I did it. It was more for emotional reasons, too, but I really felt strongly about not prostituting myself in order to be heard.” – Poly Styrene

I’m a poser
And I don’t care
I like to make people stare

– Poly Styrene

My mind is like a switchboard
With crossed and tangled lines
contented with confusion
That is plugged into my head
I don’t know what’s going on
It’s the operators job
Not mine, I said.

Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene with her band Xray Specs
Poly Styrene with her band Xray Specs

Is dark and eerie
It’s really late
Come on kids don’t hesitate
We’re going down to the underground
The subterrain is a bottomless pit
The vinyl vultures are after it
Molten lava
Sulphur vapours
Smoulder on to obliterate us
If you’ve got the urge
Come on
Let’s emerge

Poly Styrene

Who is Poly Styrene?

My mind is like a plastic bag
That corresponds to all those ads
It sucks up all the rubbish
That is fed in through my ear
I eat kleenex for breakfast
and use soft hygienic weetabix to dry my tears.

Poly Styrene

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

3 thoughts on “Who is Poly Styrene?

    1. She wasn’t long in the public eye I think but left her mark briefly through the punk scene in the late 70s. I have a fascination for misfits, rebels and people who dare to challenge the mainstream, she was all of that. Also it’s uplifting to know that back then, you could be a famous celebrity and yet look like she did, it simply would never happen today and you would need to have a plastic face and plastic body and leave nothing to the imagination in order to get famous.


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