She was sitting in British Heart Foundation’s shop window in St Annes, modelling a wig. I didn’t want the wig. She wasn’t for sale. After a bit of friendly banter, the kindly shop assistant let me have her. For £1.50. A bargain!
I tucked her under my arm and hurried home, with an earworm.
He’s a germ free adolescent
Cleanliness is her obsession
Cleans her teeth ten times a day
Scrub away, scrub away, scrub away
The SR way …
That’s when she became Polly Styrene
with apologies to the late Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex
(Germ Free Adolescence
is listed as one of those albums
you must hear before you die)
Polly Styrene has a future … … …