In 1976, year before Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, an angsty musician in braces and leather dresses by the name of Poly Styrene started her own punk revolution in London’s Chelsea art scene. With her band, garnered by an ad she placed looking for “Young punx who want to stick it together,” X Ray Spex landed a weekly gig at Man in the Moon theater, right next door to Vivienne Westwood‘s store, then named Seditionaries. Years later, Poly lets out that their most famous song, her feminist cry, “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” was inspired by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s bondage pants.
Now a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren spurred the thoughts of revolution, earning a forceful voice and sound to their message.
Now take a closer look at one of punk’s first ladies: Poly Styrene of X Ray Spex.