Poly Styrene from X Ray Spex Dead at 53

Posted in News on April 26, 2011 by Ro

From her publicist:

We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter,  won her battle on Monday evening (4/25/11)  to go to higher places. Poly Styrene was born Marianne Elliot Said on June 3, 1957. She passed away due to cancer.
 
Poly Styrene was a punk amongst punks. A groundbreaking presence that left an unrepeatable mark on the musical landscape, she made history the moment she uttered, “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard but I think oh bondage up yours!” The influence of Poly and X-ray Spex has been felt far and wide ever since. The seminal album Germ Free Adolescents is a landmark work and a primary influence on Britpop and Riot Grrrl. At the center of it was Poly Styrene, a bi-racial feminist punk with the perfect voice to soundtrack rebellion. Poly never sacrificed the intelligence or the fun in her music and style. Her trademark braces and dayglo clothes were a playful rejection of the status quo and of conformity and complacency. She dissected gender politics, consumer culture, and the obsessions of modern life in a way that made us all want sing along with her.
 
At the core of Poly’s work from Germ Free Adolescents through Generation Indigo, is a revolutionary with a genuine love for this world and the people and things in it. Her indomitable heart is all over the new material from her championing of cruelty free products and as she put it, “being conscious of the slaughterhouse culture” (“I Luv Ur Sneakers”) to giving voice to marginalized poor people worldwide (“No Rockefeller”) to tackling racism (“Colour Blind”). Poly Styrene never stopped exciting us with her incisive world-view, amazing wit, and her adventurous sound. It is impossible to imagine what modern music would be like without her incalculable contributions but it’s probably not worth imagining a world that never had Poly Styrene in it.
 
A thrilling work from a true pioneer and rebel in every sense, Poly Styrene’s album Generation Indigo is out today through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins).The album’s fusion of punk spirit, and fresh sounds has already received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic from Spin, NPR, NME, MOJO and countless others. The forward looking Generation Indigo showcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics all in the inimitable voice of a genuine icon. Listen to the full Generation Indigo record streaming on AOL Spinner.
 
Poly was very proud of Generation Indigo. See an interview where she discusses the album track by track here. The album is released in the US today.
 
iTunes
 
Album
http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/generation-indigo-exclusive/id428317002
 
“Virtual Boyfriend” single & remixes
 
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/virtual-boyfriend-single/id427784943
 
Amazon
 
Album
http://amzn.to/hhhOGr
 
Deluxe Album
http://amzn.to/fx2DU0
 
www.poly-styrene.com
www.twitter.com/poly_styrene
www.facebook.com/polystyrenemusic

Gaddafi Attorney Gets Permission for Judicial Review of Liam Fox

Posted in Crime, War with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by Ro


 British Royal Courts Approve Investigation of Threats to Gaddafi by UK Secretary of Defense

LONDON, England – Giovanni Di Stefano, a London-based attorney acting on behalf of Libya’s embattled leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, received official approval from England’s Royal Courts of Justice for a judicial review against England’s Defense Secretary Liam Fox and the City of Westminster Magistrates Court.

Di Stefano’s request sites various media sources claiming that Liam Fox has directly threatened Gaddafi’s life, citing the “Offences Against the Person Act 1861” and “Criminal Law Act 1977” under the section “Conspiring or soliciting to commit murder.”

Results of this judicial review could leave Fox open for a civil or criminal lawsuit.

OBAMA REFUSES TO ACT ON CLEMENCY REQUEST FOR CHARLES MANSON

Posted in Crime, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Ro

Manson Attorney Claims Tex Watson Was Behind Tate, LaBianca Murders

LONDON, England – In response to a request for clemency for Charles Manson by defense attorney Giovanni Di Stefano, the United States Department of Justice on behalf of President Barack Obama stated, “The President does not seek to intervene in State clemency issues,” and suggested that the request be sent instead to the current California Governor, Jerry Brown.

Speaking from the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Di Stefano stated, “President Obama has the powers under the 14th Amendment and I duly notified President Obama on the 28th February 2011 with detailed submissions. This matter must now be resolved by the Supreme Court.” Di Stefano continued, “Mr. Manson has already served over 42 years and on the basis he is erroneously convicted. He should not be subject to a day further of liberty detained. Mr. Manson has spent enough time in custody, therefore this matter is urgent and cannot be delayed further.”

Di Stefano’s main complaint is that evidence was withheld and that it was, in fact, Tex Watson who masterminded and perpetrated both the Tate and LaBianca murders. The complaint states, “There is now evidence from a California Police Officer that Tex Watson may well have committed murder some nine months prior to any of the killings which if correct would destroy the theory of the Prosecutor that the co-defendants murdered by the mind control of the Applicant.”

Allegedly, this new evidence ties Tex Watson to the murder of an elderly man Karl Stubbs in Olancha, California before Watson was involved with Manson.

Manson is now represented in his appeal by London-based lead attorney Giovanni Di Stefano and Zurich-based US attorney Mitch Watkins.

TSOL Singer Jack Grisham Has New Book Out; Exploring Run for Senate in 2012

Posted in Announcements, Music, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Ro

This is Jack. In my car.

Jack Grisham, lead singer for the popular 80’s punk/goth band TSOL, has a new book out.

“An American Demon: A Memoir” is a sometimes touching, mostly cringe-worthy book  detailing the evolution of Grisham’s life. Between dysfunctional family issues, the 80’s punk scene, religion, surfing, addiction, and cross-dressing, Jack’s neurotic story-telling combined with his unabashed hilarity makes this a “must-read” even for non-punk fans. Buy the book at Amazon.com.

In other Jack news, our hero is exploring the possibility of running for the senate in 2012 under the social-democrat platform. In 2003, he ran for governor of California but lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Old punks remember that during the the early years of TSOL, Grisham was an outspoken anarchist, and his lyrics were often highly critical of the government. Songs such as “Abolish Government/Silent Majority,” “Peace Thru Power,” and “Property Is Theft” were standard in TSOL’s song sets. Grisham later changed his anti-government stance, stating, “What I realized about anarchy is that we are not responsible enough to be anarchist. There’s no way possible. We’re not responsible enough to be that. That’s a heavy concept.” For those paying attention, yes this came straight from his Wikipedia article, but I wrote most of his Wiki it so it’s cool.

LA/OC folks… go check out Jack’s book release party in Long Beach on May 1st. Details here.

Here is a young Jack with TSOL making a fashion statement. Now decades later, he still dresses with flair and still has that crazy head of hair!

Back to Death Blogging… Elizabeth Taylor has Died

Posted in Actors. LOL., Deaths with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2011 by Ro

Bye bye!

Actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at 79. The cause of death was heart failure.

Yes you probably already know this, and like me, you have probably never seen a movie she was in. But what I do know is that she was married like a million times, a good friend of the late Michael Jackson, and was branded on a perfume that is sold in high-end department stores but smells like a cross between dead flowers and sulfur.

The big question is… When the fuck is Zsa Zsa going to die? At least I have her in my death pool.

Arrest Warrant Sought for British Minister of Defense for Threats Against Gaddafi

Posted in Crime, Politics, War with tags , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by Ro


By Ro Hurley
March 21, 2011 10:00 PM CT

LONDON, England – On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Muammar al-Gaddafi’s  attorney Giovanni Di Stefano will appear before the London Magistrates Court to seek an arrest warrant against Liam Fox, Britain’s Minister of Defense.

According to the British newspaper THE DAILY MAIL, Fox reportedly called Gaddafi a “legitimate target” and threatened a “Bunker buster” aimed at Gaddafi’s hideout in Tripoli.

While preparing documents for tomorrow’s court appearance to officially request a warrant of arrest against Fox, Di Stefano stated,

“We cannot allow this kind of behaviour which is contrary to the law of the land since 1861. It falls well outside the ambit of any UN Resolution and wholly without merit. I will seek his immediate resignation as a person now subject to a criminal charge.”

Today U.S. General Carter Ham stated that air strikes will slow within the next few days due to lack of participation and support by Libyan rebels who initially started the revolt against Gaddafi and his military.

Colonel Gaddafi’s Attorney Appeals to UN Claiming Misuse of Security Council Resolution Against Libya

Posted in Politics, War with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2011 by Ro

Muammar al-Gaddafi at the AU summit

LONDON, England — As the U.S. and European allies begin airstrikes against Libya, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s attorney has contacted the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon requesting intervention over the US and UK’s abuse of the UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

In a letter to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, Attorney Giovanni Di Stefano  protested the attacks against Libya claiming,

“We must ask that action be taken on this forthwith because it seems to us that both recidivist countries are simply sponsoring a civil war, supporting those that oppose Col. Gaddafi and pretending with the similar masquerade of hypocricy exhibited in the Yugoslav conflict and Iraq for their own gain and purposes.”

Along with the letter sent to Ki-Moon, Di Stefano forwarded a letter previously sent to International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo citing crimes against humanity by the U.S. and U.K. in their alliance to force a regime change in Libya.

Even though thousands of regime supporters have gathered in Tripoli along with the Libyan military in order to receive weapons and defend themselves against the U.S. and U.K. invasion, President Obama stated,

“Our consensus was strong, and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected, and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians our coalition is prepared to act, and to act with urgency”

Besides the U.K., other U.S. allies are currently  positioning forces to join in the strikes against Libya. Such allies include Italy, France, Canada and Denmark. Germany is standing by but has not yet deployed forces to assist in the strikes against Libya.