Poly Styrene leaves us with a musical gem 

It was the best of news for punk fans.

This year, legendary proto-punk Poly Styrene was returning with a brand-new solo salvo, “Generation Indigo,” which actually hits stores today. And the former X-Ray Spex frontwoman was right on sociopolitical point, lyrically attacking racism (“Colour Blind”), animal cruelty (“I Luv Ur Sneakers”) and our aloof attitudes about poverty (“No Rockefeller”). But it was a comeback tempered by gravity. She was happy to discuss the record with the press, her publicists reported, but all chats would have to be conducted via email, as she’d been bravely battling cancer.

Last night, sadly, Styrene succumbed to the insidious disease. She was 53.

Born Marianne Elliot-Said, the Brit adopted her plucky moniker in the late-’70s punk heyday, and promptly set the scene on fire with X-Ray Spex’s definitive debut, “Germ Free Adolescents.” But she will live on through the Youth-produced “Generation Indigo,” through her website, and through the generations of young rockers inspired to pick up a guitar or microphone by her rabble-rousing anthems, like “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”

She will be missed.

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