Poly Styrene was one of the truly iconic figures of the punk movement, without whom the punk scene would not have been the same. She was at the forefrount of a huge shift in attitudes towards women in the music biz and although her moment in pop was relatively small her influence on countless female artists from Kim Gordon through to Beth Ditto cannot be in any doubt.
X Ray Spex only released the one album, Germ Free Adolescents which introduced the world to Poly Styrene's raw emotive vocal style and her lyrical signature tunes of consumerism and victimhood.
Poly Styrene was truly a one off who refused to conform to the stereotypical view of how women in the music industry should be who demanded to be seen and heard as an individual in her own artistic right and helped open the door for future generations of female artists.
She made sure she was both seen and heard and will be sadly missed and will hopefully be jamming with Ari Up at this very moment.