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Black Christmas by Poly Styrene

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Reviewed on 12th December 2010.


Black Christmas

By Poly Styrene

This Christmas sees the comeback of 80's punk legend Poly Styrene who collaborates here with her daughter Celeste on a brilliantly alternative festive track. The tongue in cheek 'Black Christmas' is inspired by a Los Angeles man who dressed as Santa in order to commit murder and both the song and excellent video are fittingly bleak. The lyrics are as sharp as ever, Celeste seems to have inherited her mother's talent (and unfortunately her teeth) and the whole thing is set over an ironically buoyant reggae beat. 'Black Christmas' also comes backed by an excellent remix from Kahn, a young self taught multi-instrumentalist and producer from Bristol. While three minutes in it becomes a little repetitive the new song suggests big things for the comeback of an icon who is often too easily overlooked. Poly Styrene's debut solo album will hit shops in 2011 and is definitely one to watch out for.



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