What struck me about her at the time was her look and attitude, her lyrics had slogans that screamed. at you.
She influenced so many young women, she was a feminist in natural, common sense and non political way.
She was a real believer in punk attitudes and self expression. and lived in St Leonards in East Sussex, which is a part of the world known and enjoyed by both Segs and I.
In 1977, I remember seeing her on on TV interviewed by Tony Wilson on ‘So It Goes’, she was quite child like but perfectly eloquent. No bile or hatred spoke her mind in a way that was very ‘matter of fact ‘ and although quite shy, was astonishingly natural for someone so young.
In April 1978 there was a huge Rock against Racism gig Victoria Park in London we Ruts played on the back of a truck along with Misty In Roots both on the march and in the park.
(here’s a pic taken on the March in Trafalgar square you can see the late Paul Fox behind my old Gretsch drums with Me and Bassie from Misty on the right)
later that day Poly played whith her band X-Ray specs along with Steel Pulse, Aswad, , Tom Robinson,Sham 69 and The Clash
It was a righteous day of solidarity I will always remember.
X-Ray Specs was quite short lived and I think Poly had more important things to do in her life and this has been well documented elsewhere , I do remember however meeting her in September 2007,
In July of that year The Ruts had got together with Henry Rollins to played a gig in London for Paul Fox who was suffering with lung cancer.
We were deemed newsworthy again and I was asked by New Yorks’ SPIN magazine to take part in a ‘punk’ special they were doing.
Poly was then a confident charming woman as eloquent as ever with a very positive outlook.
So I am most happy to come along to contribute to both her memory and Teenage Cancer Trust.