26 Feb 2021

Punk icon Poly Styrene remembered by her daughter in documentary

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

She exploded on to the punk scene defying all convention. Poly Styrene was a trailblazer, a black woman singing about identity and oppression in the late 70s.

Her first hit in the band  X-Ray Spex, ‘Oh Bondage up Yours’, was banned by the BBC.

Her life is now the subject of a documentary, ‘I am a Cliche’, pieced together by her daughter 10 years after she died – much of the discrimination, mysogyny and racism Polystyrene confronted resonating today.