X-Ray Spex & the Power of Poly Styrene, Opinions on Saba & Shamir
Poly Styrene led X-Ray Spex in the punk explosion of the late 1970s and inspired a generation of riot grrrls in the 1990s. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with her daughter, Celeste Bell, about her new documentary, "Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché." They also do a classic album dissection of the X-Ray Spex album "Germ-Free Adolescents" and review new albums from Saba and Shamir.
Saba made a big splash with his previous album, “Care For Me” and now four years later “Few Good Things” builds on that success. Jim and Greg admire his fidelity to his artistic vision.
Shamir has released eight albums since 2015, experimenting with genres from hyper-pop to country. On “Heterosexuality” he dabbles in industrial synth pop and Jim and Greg are big fans.
X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents
Jim and Greg discuss the 1978 X-Ray Spex album, “Germfree Adolescents” in a Classic Album Dissection. Then they talk with Celeste Bell about her new film, “Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché” about her mother’s life and work leading X-Ray Spex.
X-Ray Spex, "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!," Germfree Adolescents, EMI, 1978
Saba, "Survivor's Guilt (feat. G Herbo)," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022
Saba, "One Way or Every N**** With a Budget," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022
Saba, "Soldier (feat. Pivot Gang)," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022
Saba, "Fearmonger (feat. Daoud)," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022
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