Log in. Mixtapes Forums Lyrics Artists add Journals. Artists - X. Know something about this song or lyrics? X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents it to our wiki. Read More Edit Wiki. I know you're antiseptic, your deodorant smells nice I'd like to get to know you, you're deep frozen like the ice She's a germ free adolescent, cleanliness is her obsession Cleans her teeth ten times a day Scrub away, scrub away, scrub away the S.
Germ Free Adolescents song meanings. Add your thoughts 7 Comments. General Comment I have long felt that this was one of the most beautiful songs ever written. I have known people like this -- nominally terrified of disease, but really terrified of human contact.
It's a method of control. X-Ray Spex was far Fruko El Bueno Ayunando the only female-centered British punk act, but they were X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents the best, combining exuberant energy with a cohesive worldview courtesy of singer and songwriter Poly Styrene.
As her nom de punk The Black Diamonds I Want Need Love You See The Way, Styrene was obsessed with the artificiality she saw permeating Britain's consumer society, linking synthetic goods with a sort of processed, manufactured humanity.
Styrene 's frantic claustrophobia permeates the record, as she rails in her distinctively quavering yowl against the alienation she feels preventing her from discovering her true self. Germ Free Adolescents is tied together by Styrene 's yearning to be free not only from demands for consumption, but from the insecurity corporate advertisers used to exploit their targets especially in women -- in other words, to enjoy being real, imperfect, non-sterile humans living in a real, imperfect, non-Day-Glo world.
Fortunately, the record is just as effective musically as it is conceptually. It's full of kick-out-the-jams rockers, with a few up-tempo thrashers and surprisingly atmospheric pieces mixed in; the raw, wailing saxophone of Rudi X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents who replaced Lora Logic early on gives the band its true sonic signature.
Introspection Late Night Partying. They are X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents fun. X-Ray Spex is what I consider capital-P X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents, of the original movement—more than lowercase-p X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents, by current vernacular, an action. Germfree Adolescents holds up, in some sense, like pop music, albeit pop that is equally scorched and joyful, liberationist, charged with intellect Thelonious Monk Its Monks Time insurrectionary zeal.
It inspires in ways that transcends genre, which explains why an artist like FKA twigs has called Germfree Adolescents her favorite album ever. Its musicality is honed; the musicians here are obviously amazing players.
Its chugging faster-harder chords accelerate by the second, like the culture Poly describes. It is steely, shit-kicking, and bright; like an unbreakable machine, its build reflects the industrialization at hand. Along with her hippie inklings, Poly devoted much of her teenage years to watching fringe theater groups, and so she was visually inclined.
And Poly is refreshingly funny. The prevailing theme of Germfree Adolescents is the inescapable horror of daily life in consumer society. And this is what you have created: do you like her? Look around, both whisper X Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents you: Everything is plastic.
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