I first encountered "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" on one of those punk compilations pervasive in the early '90s. To a miserable 14-year-old trying desperately to identify with something, anything, most of the songs cluttering the CD seemed like medicine -- strangely aggressive, somewhat boring initiation rites on the way to bona-fide punkrockerdom.
This week punk and riot grrrl icon POLY STYRENE of X-RAY SPEX revealed she is battling cancer, and her website has issued a statement regarding her fight and treatment:
It comes as a huge shock to all those who know Poly Styrene and X-ray Spex that Poly has been diagnosed with cancer, she is currently undergoing various treatments in her battle with this illness.