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oh bondage up yours
poly styrene wrote some of the best lyrics of early punk -some of the most insightful instead of just babbling poor white trash rage over relatively inept 3 chord rock . songs about identity and the crass consumerism that would eventually chew punk rock and new wave up and destroy from within. she was the only one, as a person of color and a woman, speaking out against the s/m and nazi imagery of early punk-

" tie me tie me chain me to the wall/ i want to be a slave for you all/ oh bondage, up yours!".

i have to tell you i dont really care what consenting adults do to each other unless it personally involves me but after working in a dungeon and a sleazy men's bar i'll just say that the first time you see a black man or woman in chains being degraded- it fucking wakes you up as being impossible to ignore as completely fucked up in public. that is if you think about anything deeply instead of being a goddamn self absorbed automaton. and while those SS uniforms were terribly attractive and awfully fetching they have a history of rape murder and obliteration behind them that should remind us all that we don't live in a vacuum immune from the past and it's very powerful symbols and artifacts of hatred and genocide.

better then the sex pistols any day, 'germ free adolescents' is one of punk's earliest classic albums. it was not released in the states when it came out. one of the most thoughtful products of early punk is now a footnote while the self-destroying twats and junkies are writ large.

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You must have seen the documentary "D.O.A." at some point, yes? That was the first time I remember hearing X-Ray Spex.

I saw it at the sleazy movie theater on the corner of St. Marks and 1st Ave, in NYC, in the early 80's. It was a good night out.

i saw DOA a few years after it came out. i was insanely drunk at the time and it was in davis square and there was hardly anyone there. we had a hard time figuring out how to get back to kenmore square. silly goths.

i used to listen to wers- the nightclub- and they played all the early punk bands. i heard ' i am a poseur' there first i think. and there was this one chain record store in the brockton mall- the closest place to get records for me when i couldn't get to boston- who had a punk working in it and they used to have this small bin by the register with import 45s and i think i was the only one who went through it like a starving wolf anytime i could get a ride there. i bought poseur b/w the world turned dayglo- i was so excited they had it. chain stores never carried imports at this time-they just had a quirky employee who did. this was probably 78/79. i bet it was Musicland.

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