Title: Arf Arf! Itís Seal!
Author: Tom Doyle
Source: Smash Hits
ďArf Arf!Ē Itís Seal!
He was the tall bloke who sung on Adamskiís only No.1 hit ďKillerĒ. He thrilled the world briefly with his ďmeaningfulĒ facial scars, his spooky chest jewellery and his dangly hair accoutrements! And now heís back with a super new single of his own called ďCrazyĒ, a plasma ball, a cream cheese bagel and a chocolate dip, to tell TOM DOYLE all about his ďslamminíĒ world!
Sealhenry Samuel. I donít know why my parents called me that. My grandparents are from Brazil and theyíve all got weird names, so itís probably a common Brazilian name. When I was at primary school, they used to make fun out of my name, yíknow Ďarf arf arf!í, but as I got older and bigger, they cut it out.
19/2/63 in Paddington. Itís a pretty unmystical place to be born for someone whoís been labelled as a mystical person. Ha ha!
WHATíS YOUR ďPADĒ LIKE?
Slamminí. In a word, itís just slamminí. Itís a one bedroom flat in West London, full of gadgets and hi-tech stuff. Itís all completely soundproofed and cut off from the neighbours. Itís like a love shack really. Itís really quiet and private. Do I live there on my own? Sometimes, just depending on whatís going on.
TO QUOTE YOUR LYRICS, WHY DO WE HAVE TO ďGET A LITTLE BIT CRAZYĒ IF WEíRE TO SURVIVE?
Well, yíknow. I find that most of the people I talk to are just really tight-arsed about things. When I say you have to be crazy, I mean do things that other people may regard as crazy. Follow your instincts. Just basically going for it. Iím not telling people to go out and go mad. Itís about doing what you feel, not what people think you should do.
WOULD YOU EVER MAKE A PERVY VIDEO LIKE MADONNA?
Yeah, but I wouldnít pretend I was making love, I would do it. You get a better effect. Iím not convinced by Madonna. I would have got turned on more if there were shots of her really doing it. (!)
DO YOU ďDO THE WEIGHTSĒ?
Work out? No, I donít actually. Itís a natural physique. Ha ha! Iím going to have to work out pretty soon because Iím getting pretty unfit. Bad habits? Iíve got loads of bad habits, none of which Iím going to tell you about. Iíve just been neglecting myself recently. Ideally, Iíd like to swim every day, but not in this environment, somewhere like the Caribbean or Asia. Thereís too much chlorine in the water in the swimming pools here. It makes my skin go funny.
TALKING OF WHICH, WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR WEIRD FACIAL MARKS?
They just appeared over a period of about a year, about four years ago. I was going through a strange time, a mental metamorphosis was occurring. Iím proud of them, yeah, absolutely. Theyíre there for a reason. Itís a secret. (!!)
WHATíS IT LIKE BEING SO TALL?
Itís alright. I donít find it difficult finding shoes or trousers or anything. Iím about 6í4Ē. Itís good because you donít run into so much hassle with people. You tend to be able to talk your way out of things as opposed to having to resort to physical violence. Not that I ever would because Iím not a violent person.
DID YOU HAVE A BIG ROW WITH ADAMSKI?
No. I didnít have a big row with Adamski, I had a row with someone at Adamskiís record company. I still see Adam all the time, weíre really good friends, but the papers blew the whole thing out of proportion. Theyíve said some real cruel things about Adam, like heís a drug addict and stuff, and I know him well and heís anything but a drug addict. Heís a really nice, caring person.
1: MOST BELOVED FLOWER:
Orchids. Theyíre just unusual and quite rare. I sometimes have them lying around the house, but really, I donít spend much time at home, so to have plants or animals at home is a bit of a responsibility I canít handle at the moment.
2: MOST ESSENTIAL KITCHEN APPLIANCE:
It has to be my Hotpoint digital washing machine. It actually goes and gets the dirty underwear from under your bed, itís so advanced! But I couldnít bring it here, so I brought my coffee percolator instead. I love my coffee, and why settle for second best? Real coffee tastes like real coffee, and instant coffee tastes like a poor excuse for coffee.
3: MOST DESIRABLE SWEETIES:
Those KP chocolate dips. Iím not really fond of sweets. I like them when Iím in bed watching the telly or something.
4: TASTIEST SANDWICH:
Salmon and cream cheese bagels, with a side serving of scrambled eggs. I have it every Sunday afternoon between 12.00 and 2pm. Itís a ritual. Yeah, itís a high cholesterol meal, but you only live once, donít you? Itís one of the few vices Iíve got left. Itís very civilised.
5: MOST ATTRACTIVE PHOTO OF SOMEONE ELSE:
I like this photo of the singer Joni Mitchell because she looks like a bird just about to take flight. Iíve got her CD ďHejiraĒ here ó itís amazing, the way she paints pictures with songs. Do I worry about looking like a hippy? I am a hippy.
6: FAVOURITE POP STAR EVER:
Jimi Hendrix. He was a funky dude with a guitar. Heís really trendy at the moment, so I was reluctant to say he was my favourite pop star because Iím not a trendy person. Iíve been into his music for years.
7: MOST CHERISHED CUDDLY TOY:
A cuddly seal that Adamski bought for me. Iíve got a Scalextric set and a water pistol, but I like fluffy toys best. When youíre all alone you can cuddle up to them. He bought it from a service station for me when we were on tour. I thought it was sweet. Heís into cuddling toys as well.
8: MOST ďDASHINGĒ ITEM OF CLOTHING:
Itís a cape, itís not a jacket. I had it made for me. Itís my superhero cape. Youíve got to feel like a superhero when you wear it, otherwise you canít handle the cape.
9:MOST ďDAZZLINGĒ ITEM OF JEWELLERY:
The little silver dolphin in my hair. Iíve got lots of bits and pieces of silver in my hair. Iím dolphin friendly. I try not to eat tuna as much as I used to because, apparently, thereís sometimes bits of dolphin in it.
10: MOST AMAZING PAINTING:
This is ďPersistence Of MemoryĒ by Salvador Dali. He was an eccentric who seemed to paint from his dreams. The paintings of his that I like most are the surreal ones. They blow my mind.
11: MOST PLAYABLE VIDEOS:
Bladerunner (starring a younger Harrison Ford and the spooky bloke off the Guinness ads). Itís a really convincing science fiction movie. Well, it convinced me that I was in the future at least.
12: JUICIEST FRUIT:
Melons, obviously. (?) Theyíre nice to eat and theyíre nice to touch. Iím quite into feeling things, actually. I like my melons with honey.