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X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours

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On this date in 1977, X Ray Spex released their debut single, "Oh Bondage Up Yours!". It was backed by "I Am A Cliche". Neither track appeared on their debut album, Germ Free Adolescents, but both were added as bonus tracks when the album was re-released on CD. The London punk band disbanded in 1979 after lead singer Poly Styrene quit due to exhaustion from touring (she later became a Hare Krishna). They released one album (though they re-formed in 1995 to release a new album) and five singles, all charting in the U.K. with the exception of this debut single. Lora Logic was an original in the band but left after this single to continue her schooling (she was 16). She went on to form the band Essential Logic. B.P. Hurding and Jak Airport went on to form Classix Nouveaux.



Wikipedia: X-Ray Spex

Official Website: x-rayspex.com

Video: X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours - youtube

Blogload: X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours - 7 inch (both sides) - killyourpetpuppy.co.uk

5 comments:

CN said...

I only got into these guys a year or two ago via the Let's Submerge double CD and was amazed at how they great they are. Much prefer Lora Logic's sax to her replacement too - shame she had to go.

BOZ said...

I agree.. there was something about the sax on GERMFREE ADOLESCENTS that was too polished, too pro to have stumbled out of punk - unsurprisingly as Lora Logic's replacement Rudi Thompson was overdubbed by the more professional Ted Bunting on some tracks....
Lora's sax was anarchic!!!... but none of this really takes away from the brief but important contribution this band made to the music of the time!

CN said...

Totally agree about Lora's sax. I got a double CD retrospective recently and it had some excellent stuff. She always looks cool in the old Xray pics too.

Club80 said...

Couldn't agree more. "Oh Bondage Up Yours" had so many components that made it a standout, even among its peers. Lora Logic's sax (I love the description "chaotic" for this), Paul Dean's driving bass and that voice...Poly's voice...indescribable!

CN said...

The "1-2-3-4"s she gives at the beginning of many of the session or live versions on Let's Submerge are amazing - each one different! If I remember rightly they repeat Oh Bondage at the end of the Roxy show but her voice has all but gone. She still tries to achieve the high notes but can emit little more than a muted yelp! Fantastic stuff.

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