X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene dies at 53

April 26, 2011 4:04:25 AM PDT
Poly Styrene, energetic singer with 1970s punk band X-Ray Spex, has died at 53. A statement on her official Twitter feed said Tuesday that "the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places."

The BBC and other outlets also reported the death. The band released just one album, 1978's "Germ Free Adolescents." But its aggressively catchy single "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" became an enduring punk anthem.

Styrene later joined the Hare Krishna movement and released several solo albums. She once said she would like to be remembered for something spiritual, but "I know I'll probably be remembered for 'Oh Bondage, Up Yours!"'