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X-Ray Spex - Conscious Consumer

X-Ray Spex will always have a place in punk history because of their blazing 1978 debut album ‘Germfree Adolescents’. The follow-up to that album didn’t arrive until 1995, and it slipped down the back of the settee somewhat. It’s now getting released on vinyl and is certainly worthy of reappraisal. It’s still busy with anti-consumerist anger, but it also sees lead singer Poly Styrene finding a degree of serenity on tracks such as ‘Prayer for Peace’. And, needless to say, it’s also full of rattling good pop songs fizzy with attitude. DP

Released 15 December on DYI Records

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