[TypicalGirls] Poly Styrene Black Christmas single and Twitter account

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Thu Nov 25 18:48:11 EST 2010

Thanks for the tip, Larry-bob! Nice to hear Poly Styrene singing again. Not all the excited by the song, but I'll give it some more listens and check out her Youth-produced album., "Generation Indigo," that she has coming out in March.

Yes, Poly was a Hare Krishna follower for a while. Dunno about now. FWIW, she also put out "a New Age solo album" in 2004. But, yeah, Aileen, that video is a bit of a mishmash. It's intent could definitely be clearer and the video could lose many edits--seems like a not very sophisticated 80s video... 

Just learned this from Wikipedia about Polly:

"As a teenager, she was something of a 'barefoot hippie'. At age 15, she ran away from home with just £3 in her pocket, and hitchhiked from one music festival to another, staying at hippie crash pads. She thought of this as a challenge to survive. The adventure ended when, possibly hallucinating, she stepped on a rusty nail while bathing naked in a stream and had to be treated for septicaemia.

"In 1978, after a gig in Doncaster, Poly had a vision of a pink light in the sky and felt objects crackling when she touched them. Thinking she was hallucinating, her mother took her to the hospital where Poly was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, sectioned, and told she would never work again. Although she missed playing at the time, in hindsight, Poly feels that getting out of the public eye was good for her. She was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder"

Wikipedia also informs that:

"Black Christmas features, and was written in collaboration with Poly's daughter, Celeste and was inspired by the Killing spree in Los Angeles instigated by a man dressed as Santa Claus."

And also that: "Styrene's daughter Celeste Bell - Dos Santos is the frontwoman for the music group Debutant Disco based in Madrid, Spain."--Has anyone here heard DD?

Additionally: "In March 2009, Styrene took part in the inaugural Instigate Debate night. The night's theme was modern day consumerism." Perhaps her stance on consumerism  informs her new video.


On Nov 18, 2010, at 7:33 PM, Aileen Brophy wrote:

> Nice!  Just curious, does anyone know if Poly is a Christian?  (I think she was a Hare Krishna at one point, so definitely a spiritual seeker of some sort.)  Just wondering because the video  has some pretty heavy crucifixion imagery (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ML0cD0REC4Y#!) and I can't really tell if it's pro- or anti- (or maybe it's neither!)
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 1:32 PM, Larry-bob Roberts <larrybob at gmail.com> wrote:
> I found out Poly Styrene has a Twitter account, and has a free
> download called "Black Christmas"
> http://twitter.com/poly_styrene
> http://www.poly-styrene.com/

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