British punk-rock vocalist Poly Styrene passed away Monday after a struggle with cancer. She was 53. Styrene (aka Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) was best known for her feral, clarion pipes and provocative, astute lyrics with the band X-Ray Spex.

Chunklet's Henry Owings conducted an interview with Styrene in 1996, which he republished on his site today. Here's an excerpt:

Do you believe that punk is still a viable movement?
Yes, but it needs to evolve from self imposed negative nihilism to positive thinking. It could also do with a spiritual injection.

RIP, Poly Styrene, a true original.