British punk icon Poly Styrene lost her battle against spine and breast cancer Monday, April 25 at the age of 53. Styrene was the former front woman of punk group X-Ray Spex, who formed in 1976 after seeing a Sex Pistols performance. The band, widely known for their fun, rebellious nature, released one album in 1978, Germ Free Adolescence. The album greatly influenced the punk music scene at the time and is still held in high regard by many hardcore punk fans today. Styrene released a more subdued solo album, Translucence, in 1980 under her real name, Marianne Elliot Said. Her latest project, Generation Indigo, was released earlier this year and is available now.
Watch Styrene in this video interview about Generation Indigo below: