I was shocked to read that punk icon Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex died of breast cancer at 53. I frequently listen to X-Ray Spex at the gym to get revved up.
In other sad songstress news, ’70s singer Phoebe Snow died of complications from a brain hemorrhage she had last year. She was 60. Damn! Neither Poly nor Phoebe got as far as they should have in the music business. Poly was misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and later diagnosed as bipolar; Phoebe dropped out to care for her severely brain-damaged daughter, Valerie. But what they did accomplish was special. Thanks for the memories, ladies.