Fanatics! Henry Rollins to Play the Entire X-Ray Spex Album on KCRW This Saturday Night in Tribute to Poly Styrene!

KCRW BROADCAST #112 for Saturday, April 30.

Fanatics! This week our Fanatic Freak Flag is at half mast as we say goodbye to Poly Styrene, great vocalist of X-Ray Spex, who passed away last Monday from breast cancer. The band was one of the first on London's break out Punk Rock scene and also one of the best. The band never recorded much, one iconic album and a few b-sides and then that was all. When the music is as good as theirs was, that's really all you need.

So, tonight, we will start our show with the band's perhaps best known song and in the second hour, play the band's album, Germ-Free Adolescents , in its entirety.

It is a little much perhaps to miss someone you never met but the fact that Poly is no longer in the world is very sad to me. This is music I have listened to for well over half of my life.

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If you take a look, you will see that we have all kinds of good thangs all around our X Ray Spex fest. A very cool band called Gentle, a great Tumbleweed track from a recently released retrospective of their work, brand new TV Smith, a very interesting track from a 2CD set I strongly recommend called Persian Electronic Music on the Sub Rosa label. I bought the record because the title fairly screamed "Check me out!" so I did. Very worthwhile.

We finish with a great band covering a great band. The Melvins doing and MC5 song. Sadly, we lose the great Ploy Styrene but we have her great music to play and pass around.

It's going to be a great two hours of music so listen loud and STAY FANATIC!!! --Henry

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Read on for Rollins' list of tracks:


01. X-Ray Spex - Oh! Bondage Up Yours! / Single

02. Ramones - I Just Wanna Have Something To Do / Road To Ruin

03. Rolling Stones - Rip This Joint / Exile On Main Street

04. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat / White Light/White Heat

05. The Weirdos - Solitary Confinement / Dangerhouse Volume One

06. Fugazi - Greed / Repeater + 3 Songs

07. The Buzzcocks - Noise Annoys (Peel 04-17-78) / Love Bites

08. Cabaret Voltaire - Landslide / Red Mecca

09. Stan Getz & João Gilberto - Doralice / Getz/Gilberto

10. Gentle - Psychic Surgery / Jupiter Will Protect You

11. Matthew Payne - I Define / Prodigal Son Sessions

12. Tsuxma - Hayabue / Hayashi Music Of Noh

13. Family Fodder - Savoir Faire / Savoir Faire: The Best Of Family Fodder

14. Wire - Lowdown / Pink Flag

15. Tumbleweed - Stoned / The Waterfront Years

16. TV Smith - No Message Please / Coming In To Land

17. Milo Way - We Need More Rattlesnakes / Fonotone Records

18. Jacques Berrocal - Palmyre / Fatal Encounters

19. X-Ray Spex - Art-I-Ficial / Germ-Free Adolescents

20. X-Ray Spex - Obsessed With You / Germ-Free Adolescents

21. X-Ray Spex - Warrior In Woolworths / Germ-Free Adolescents

22. X-Ray Spex - Let's Submerge / Germ-Free Adolescents

23. X-Ray Spex - I Can't Do Anything / Germ-Free Adolescents

24. X-Ray Spex - Identity / Germ-Free Adolescents

25. X-Ray Spex - Genetic Engineering / Germ-Free Adolescents

26. X-Ray Spex - I Live Off You / Germ-Free Adolescents

27. X-Ray Spex - I Am A Poseur / Germ-Free Adolescents

28. X-Ray Spex - Germ-Free Adolescents / Germ-Free Adolescents

29. X-Ray Spex - Plastic Bag / Germ-Free Adolescents

30. X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Dayglo / Germ-Free Adolescents

31. Wele, Wele (Offering To Death) - Babsy McQueen & chorus / Caribbean Voyage: Grenada

32. Ata Ebtakar aka Sote - Niaaz / Persian Electronic Music

33. Dum Dum Dum - Dum Dum Dum / Messthetics Greatest Hits: The Sounds Of D.I.Y. 1977-80

34. Melvins - Poison / Singles 1-12


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