Today is Poly’s birthday!
Not as good as (and pretty different from) Germfree Adolescents, of course, but naturally worth a listen if you’re into them. It’s often catchy and less harsh, for lack of a better word, than the first album.
Wow, that’s a tough question! Poly could pack a lot of meaning and imagery into one song, and I can’t explain it all. But I’ve tried to give you some idea of the general theme of the songs. I’m so sorry this took me a ridiculous time to answer, I hope it can still be helpful!
(Followers, feel free to reply with your own interpretations or additional info.)
[[MORE]]Art-I-Ficial – About an existence dependent on artificial means, in an artificial capitalist society.
Obsessed with You – Being reduced to an symbol by fame and media obsession.
Warrior In Woolworth’s – Presumably about a Woolworth’s department store worker with a secret underground life: “behind his servile innocence/he plots and he schemes”.
Let’s Submerge – Punks venturing into the city at night (with lots of cool imagery).
I Can’t Do Anything – Tongue-in-cheek celebration of not being able to do anything.
Identity – the most amazing song ever about identity and fame, I can’t even explain. the lyrics say it all.
Genetic Engineering – The temptation of using to technology to alter or replace the human race (such as creating “worker clones”).
I Live Off You – Everyone lives off the exploitation of others.
I am a Poseur – Celebration of shameless punk exhibitionism—“I like making people stare!” (though “overtones can be betraying”).
Germfree Adolescents – A young woman is obsessed with cleanliness, her suitors must be first be disinfected. She needs to be afraid of something, in order to survive.
Plastic Bag – Part punk manifesto (“1977 and we are going mad!”) about being “contented with confusion” and not being in control of one’s mind (which is also left open to the influence of advertisements).
The Day the World Turned Day-Glo - Watching the world turn preposterously artificial (synthetic fiber see-through leaves” on “rayon trees”).