15 Essential Women Punk Icons

Poly Styrene

One of the bravest, loudest, and most visible woman of ’70s punk, Poly Styrene formed X-Ray Spex, who gave us one immortal album, 1978’s Germ Free Adolescents. Although the band broke up after the release of that record (and then reunited to play scattered shows and release a second full-length in the mid-’90s) and Poly faded somewhat from the public eye as the years went on, she never stopped making great music. In her solo work, she explored a wide range of genres, from jazz to dance. This year’s Generation Indigo found her fusing electronics with rock for what would become her last album — Poly Styrene died of cancer in April, at only 53 years old.