X-RAY SPEX released several singles throughout '77 and '78:
OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!
THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED DAY-GLO
PROFILE, SHOULDERS BACK, STOMACHS IN, CHINS UP...
Born Jack Stafford. Grew up in the Kentish suburb of South East
as Catford. Raised single-handedly by his Anglo-German mother.
Jak was very good friends with the glam rock band Japan, but Jak
sacrificed his glam looks and
locks to join X-RAY SPEX. Jak called his flying V guitar 'Candy
after a character in an Andy Warhol movie.
Jak gave a very unique sound to X-RAY SPEX with great riffs that
The beginning riff of THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED DAY-GLO is a Jak
When X-RAY SPEX split, Jak formed AIRPORT AND DEAN, he recorded
BLONDE DARLING and FLYING, co-written and performed with Paul
The music press thought Jak Airport was somewhat unusual for a
punk rock guitarist,
as when interviewed he revealed, that his musical tastes included
DEBUSSY and KRAFTWERK.
Poly often told him of her love of WAGNER, which influenced his
choice of power chords in Spex,
which led X-RAY SPEX to being, described as Power Pop by CHAS
from the British music paper SOUNDS in October 1977.
They were in fact, one of the first Punky New Wave bands.
Sadly Jak is no longer on planet earth. Jak Airport left his body
and this mortal world in 2004.
Grew up in St Albans in Hertfordshire, the son of a Polish Refugee
who had escaped the Nazis during World War II. "Paul was
not a flashy bass player," says Poly,
" but had good pop sensibilities and was always happy to
experiment with sound and played some good
dub reggae influenced bass lines on WARRIOR IN WOOLWORTHS and
His punky feel was also undeniably good. Paul Dean played at every
X-RAY SPEX event
(apart from the Brixton Academy in 1991) and on every recording
that has ever been branded
as X-RAY SPEX. Paul, always seen, as the quite shy member of the
band. Helped form the dependable core, the nucleus. Never late
or missed a rehearsal, as he always arranged for his girlfriend(s)
to meet him
at the studio. Which seemed to enhance his charm as a bit of lady
Born Susan Whitby, the daughter of a German Jewish father and
a Finish mother,
the family had Anglicized their foreign sounding surname, so they
would not suffer racism in the UK.
Lora grew up in the middle class suburbs of Pinner in Middlesex.
She was barely fifteen and at a public girls school when she auditioned
for X-RAY SPEX.
The saxophone was her extra curriculum hobby. Lora played on one
early X-RAY SPEX record only,
the infamous OH BONDAGE UP YOURS! and I AM A CLICHE.
Due to Lora's mother being a school teacher, the emphasis on Lora
was to finish her education.
X-RAY SPEX needed to find a saxophonist who would be able to tour.
Lora went back to school and then on to form her band ESSENTIAL
She has recorded many albums under this name. Lora was always
a bit embarrassed,
when her mother turned up at the Roxy Club wearing fur and pearls.
It wasn't quite the punky image she projected, her glamorous mother
she was attending the wrong venue. The Royal Opera House would
have seemed more appropriate.
Although Lora always referred to her mother as a peasant, because
she was born a Finnish country girl.