X-RAY SPEX – 40 Years Ago Today They Shook The Punk Scene With ‘OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS’…

When timeless in sound and vision…

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30 September 2017

X-RAY SPEX really stood out back then in 1977, the key year that British punk exploded. The clamorous energy and charmingly confident ‘who cares if I can’t sing, I’ll just scream my frustrations at you ‘ attitude of frontgirl POLY STYRENE combined with the other girl in the group, Lora Logic, who played saxophone as if she was in a kind of big trouble, was truly special among the many rock orientated and mostly male punks bands of that moment. On 30 September 1977 – yes, 40 years ago today – their debut single OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS! was released. Riot grrrl was born! A boiling mix of loud and clear lyrics and a razor-sharp DIY racket. Piercing stroke! Here’s a raw live version (without Lora Logic) to illustrate
the sheer power of this rowdy classic… .

[Intro]
Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard
But I say…
Oh Bondage! Up yours!
1, 2, 3, 4!

[Verse 1]
Bind me, tie me
Chain me to the wall
I wanna be a slave to you all
Oh bondage, up yours!
Oh bondage, no more!
Oh bondage, up yours!
Oh bondage, no more!

[Verse 2]
Chain-store, chain-smoke
I consume you all
Chain-gang, chain-mail
I don’t think at all
Oh bondage, up yours!
Oh bondage, no more!
Oh bondage, up yours!
Oh bondage, no more!

[Verse 3]
Thrash me crash me
Beat me till I fall
I wanna be a victim for you all
Oh bondage, up yours!
Oh bondage, no more!
Oh bondage, up yours!
Oh bondage, no more!

X-RAY SPEX: Biography – Discography


Left: Lora Logic / Right: the great, late Poly Styrene (passed away 25 April 2011, only 53!)

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