Oh Bondage, Up Yours! SISTER by SIBLING pay tribute to Poly Styrene – listen to Jerry Bouthier's X-Ray Spex remix
The invite for SISTER by SIBLING's second ever salon show said it all, an image of the late Poly Styrene, on a chat show in powder blue and pink, a pale yellow bow nesting in her hair. The text? 'Warrior In Woolworths', after the X-Ray Spex song. The punk attitude of young woman dressed as old lady fits perfectly with the ethos of Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, fans of the frontwoman who also work vintage English silhouettes, distorting their meaning in retina-flexing neon or covering anything that stands still long enough in clear sequins. Making the humble polo shirt floor-length is an example of their subversion this season – keep the red carpet, SISTER are democratic about showing-off, they want it everyday. Dazed Digital caught up with show soundtracker Jerry Bouthier, mixing live, to get the lowdown on his 'Oh Bondage, Up Yours!' rework.
Dazed Digital: Tell us about the soundtrack, it was your remix?
Jerry Bouthier: Yeah. The collection is called 'Warrior in Woolworths', which is an X-Ray Spex song from 1978 and I reworked the track 'Oh Bondage, Up Yours!', adding beats, filters, re-editing. The finale track was 'Cruel Summer' by Bananarama but with a lot of the same X-Ray Spex samples thrown in. It was great fun and I'm such a fan of the clothes, what SIBLING do.
DD: What did you think of this collection?
Jerry Bouthier: To be honest when I'm here doing the music I don't have time to look closely, I do my homework afterwards! But I love the Toile de Jouy they had – I ordered the mens version for myself. I love the vibe, it talks to me; the colours, the loudness. It's very forward, clever and fun, all the things I like.