Born Shirley Macleod in the Netherlands in 1950, she modeled in Penthouse and Playboythen moved on to appear in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film The Holy Mountain and Sun Ra’s science fiction film Space is place.
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She met The Tubes at an art school exhibit and quickly fell into the San Francisco-based troupe. In 1975, she coordinated their clothing and wild stage maneuvers, while appearing on stage herself. In a memorable take, she appeared as heiress Patty Hearst. She also dressed in leather outfits and danced suggestively with the lead singer. Waybill during the fan favorite song “Mondo Bondage”.
Styles sang on the band’s first US single, dueting with Waybill on “Don’t Touch Me There”, and later on “Prime Time” from the 1979 album. Remote. The latter single reached No. 34 in the UK. Listen to “Prime Time” above.
She married Tubes drummer Prairie Prince in 1979.
Styles appeared in the 1980 film Xanadu with The Tubes, but stopped playing with the band when they released their breakthrough fifth album The principle of backward completion the next year.
No information about survivors or memorial plans has been released.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.
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