Bondage Up Yours!<br/> HUGE The Slits and X-Ray Spex <br/>Video + Photo Essay <br/>Now Showing!<br/> by September 24, 2012 1 comment

Not saying there weren’t isms in punk rock in the beginning, but as a youngster I always had respect for all of the women who were there from day one. From the the United Kingdom to the United States of America, women were making their creative spirit heard. Today I want to focus on The Slits and X-Ray Spex – both bands shared a sense of musical freedom that other bands from their era didn’t have. When you hear Ari UP and crew explain it, they never wanted to make “male-sounding” music. When I play The Slits today, you still can’t hear a band that has come close to manifesting such original songs. As performers, this band was confrontational in their own right. Then there were the X-Ray Spex, fronted by Poly Styrene (her braces bugged me out), who knew how to write perfectly subversive pop songs. When I watched this band on television during the late 70′s, I always felt that it was okay to be different. X-Ray Spex’s use of the sax in their tunes elevated them to another universe of radness. Both of these bands are still influencing new generations of females and males to this very day. I could talk about how they changed the face of fashion, but that is a whole other feature unto itself. Today, CVLT Nation would like to celebrate The Slits & X-Ray Spex with a giant video photo essay…We are all Germfree Adolescents, so after the jump, peep the typical girls!


Photo BY Anton Corbijn

The Slits & X-Ray Spex after the jump!


  • SubSumeYou

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