Punk fans everywhere were grieving this week with the sad news of Poly Styrene's death from cancer. She was 53. As leader of X-Ray Spex, the mixed-race, brace-wearing Poly provided a refreshing antidote to the white and male-dominated UK punk scene in late 1970s.
She wasn't prolific -- there was just two X-Ray Spex albums, 1978's Germ Free Adolescents and 1995's Conscious Consumer. And there were two solo albums, Translucence (1981) and Generation Indigo, released last month. Poignantly, she did promotional interviews for that album from her bed in the cancer ward of her local hospital.
Poly is the second high-profile musician to die from cancer in less than a week, following the passing of TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith. He was just 34. Fittingly, his devastated bandmates have cancelled forthcoming dates on their US tour. Their latest album, Nine Types of Light, was released to glowing reviews earlier this month.
21 has now sold 2.3 million copies in the UK alone since its January release and her debut album, 19, continues to sell healthily. Not only did she break Madonna's record for the longest consecutive run at the top of the album charts but she's also the first artist since the Beatles to have two top-five singles and two top-five albums in the charts at the same time -- matching a feat set in 1964.
There's no doubt about Adele's talent -- her soulful voice and singing range is the envy of many -- but what's most remarkable is how she has managed to transcend all boundaries. When my 96-year-old grandmother mentioned her to me the other day, I really got a sense of her catch-all appeal.
Sounds like a thoroughly miserable day on the banks of the Suir. Tickets priced €54.80 are on sale now.
The exhibition runs until May 2, and is open from 10am every day.
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