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Toy Soldiers



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This is about drug addiction and how drugs can control you like children control their toys - Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" has a similar theme. In an interview that aired on VH1, Martika said that she wrote this song about a friend who was hooked on cocaine. (thanks, Camille - Toronto, OH)
Martika (her real name is Marta Marrera) was born in May 1969 in Whittier, California. Her Cuban parents left their home country during a revolution. Martika started acting before launching a recording career, appearing in the film version of Annie in 1982 and on the TV series Kids Incorporated from 1984 to 1986. In 1988 her first single, "More Than You Know," landed on the American charts; a year later, this was released as the follow up." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
Stacy Ferguson was one of the background singers on this. She starred in Kids Incorporated with Martika and went on to become Fergie of Black Eyed Peas. (thanks, Crystal - Panama City, FL)
Eminem sampled this on his 2004 song "Like Toy Soldiers."
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Comments (15):

This was a great song - really deep in an era when deep, well, wasn't allowed... :)
- Susan, Airdrie, AB
would anyone know who directed the music video for "Toy Soldiers" by Martika?
- Bo, Cincinnati, OH
This was a freaking awesome song that has became part of my own recovery...for 30 years i was one of those soiders living in my addiction...iseen many of my friends take the fall...God Bless you Martika! Gary-Austin Texas
- Gary, austin tx, TX
god i always thought this was about war and how it affected children. god im stupid. great song!
- Amanda, Gretna, VT
This is a really strong song with a powerful, hooky chorus and overall lyric. Very few songs have successfully taken on very serious issues with seriousness themselves without lacking insight or being preachy. This song does neither, like other excellent topical songs like "Running To Stand Still" by U2, and "99 Red Balloons" by Nena. Very good job. The overall sound is haunting as well. Empathetic, classy, and singable in the shower! What more could you want from a synth-rock-pop song?
- Frank, Los Angeles, CA
Kimberly Anne McCullough, aka Robin Scorpio from General Hospital, also sang backup on this song.
- Stephen, League City, TX
Martika's the lead singer of a goth pop group called Oppera now. the other kids singing background vocals in Toy Soldiers are Rashan Peterson, Renee Sandstrom, Alitzah Wiener, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. All Kids Incorporated alumni.
- Derek, Moorestown, NJ
Jesse, Haddam. You are obviously judging the meaning of this song from how the corus sonds. Look at and Listen to the lyrics. It is so about drugs.
- Mjn Seifer, Not listed for personal reason, England
And how does this have anything to do with drugs? I thought it was like a little kiddies anthem of Santa's workshop! YEAH RIGHTTTTTT
- Jesse, Haddam, CT
When I first heard this song, I seriously thought Martika was singing it with a group of children.
- Annabelle, Eugene, OR
really good song. i find myself in it.
- Ana, Lokev, Europe
I use to drive for a living when this was big. I always liked this tune. It stood out from the music of "NKOTB", Debbie Gibson etc. that was so popular at the time.
- Dee, Indianapolis, IN
I like her version of the song better and at least you can understand her meaning of it
- Peter, Howard Beach, NY
does anybody know where and what martika is doing these days..? im just curious
- marlow, perth, Australia
Supposingly, Martika dated Prince for some time in the early 90's.
- Leon, Waterbury, CT
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