Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A Heavy-Hearted New Release Day... RIP Poly Styrene and Phoebe Snow.
The day began ripe with promise on the new release front. Due out were the new Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, the Fat Possum reissue of T. Rex's Tanx, and perhaps most exciting, the long-awaited and much talked about solo rekkid from punk rock heroine/X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene. The day's mood swung jarringly from anticipatory to tragic early this morning when news broke that Poly Styrene had just lost her battle with cancer at the all too early age of 53. Adding to that tragedy was the news a few hours later that iconic singer/songwriter Phoebe Snow had just passed away at age 60. On the whole, not a great day for the musical world. Though I must say (with a respectful irreverence that I hope is not too much too soon) that a pearly gates collaboration between Poly and Phoebe could be the most inspiringly odd duet of all time. Let's hope it's happening right now and it is delicious. Good night, sweet princesses. Taken too soon.