X-Ray Spex’s Poly Styrene to release full-length album 

Speaking of returns, here’s a name punk rockers haven’t heard for a while: Poly Styrene, former incendiary frontfox for Britain’s genre-defining X-Ray Spex. But she, too, is making an unexpected 2011 comeback.

It started in 2008, when she reconvened her old outfit for a triumphant one-off concert at London’s Roundhouse. The welcome she received was so warm that she began listening to all of her music-biz friends, who were pleading for her to start writing material again.

And so she has.

Last December, she offered a taste, via a free holiday-themed download, the reggae-tinged “Black Christmas.” But April 26, Styrene releases her full-lengther, “Generation Indigo,” on Future Noise Music. And it bounds seamlessly from pop (the opening “Luv Ur Sneakers”) to full-tilt, sex-retro punk (“L.U.V.,” “Thrash City”).

Holding it all together? None other than one of her old peers, Killing Joke’s Youth, at the production helm.

For more, drop by www.poly-styrene.com.

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