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Toy Dolls

Long-lived punk outfit Toy Dolls formed in Sunderland, England, in October of 1979, originally comprising singer Pete Zulu (born Peter Robson), guitarist Olga (Michael Algar), bassist Flip (Philip Dugdale), and drummer Mr. Colin Scott. Within a month, and after just a handful of gigs, Zulu left the group, the first in a seemingly endless number of lineup changes to follow in the coming years; with new frontman Hud lasting just one live date, Olga agreed to assume vocal duties, and the remaining Toy Dolls continued as a trio. By the time the group's debut single, "Tommy Kowey's Car," followed in mid-1980, Mr. Scott had exited the lineup as well, with a procession of drummers filling in before the arrival of Teddy Toy Doll (aka Graham Edmundson) toward the end of the year. A handful of compilation tracks including "She's a Worky Ticket" and "Deirdre's a Slag" (a potshot at Coronation Street star Deirdre Barlow) further cemented Toy Dolls' absurdist leanings, and following the exit of Teddy Toy Doll the group tapped drummer Happy Bob (aka Robert Kent, who had previously teamed with Olga in the Showbiz Kids) as his replacement, issuing a self-financed, self-titled EP in September of 1981.

The single "Everybody Jitterbug" appeared on EMI the next spring, and in 1983 Toy Dolls issued their long-awaited full-length debut, Dig That Groove Baby. After a tour in support of the Angelic Upstarts, both Flip and Happy Bob left the band, however, leaving Olga the sole surviving original member; the revolving lineups continued, but in 1984 a re-recorded version of the earlier single "Nellie the Elephant" cut with bassist Bonny Baz (Barry Warne) and drummer Dicky (Malcolm Dick) reached the Top Five on the U.K. pop charts. The LP A Far Out Disc followed in 1985, trailed a year later by Idle Gossip; despite the usual personnel turnover, the group celebrated its first decade of existence in 1989 with Ten Years of Toys. Amazingly enough, another solid decade of new music was forthcoming, with few changes to the band's creative approach and numerous changes to their roster. Cleopatra Records feted the band on its 20th anniversary with the release of the best-of collection The Wonderful World of the Toy Dolls. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Idle Gossip (Bonus Tracks Edition)

1. Idle Gossip

2. Do You Wanna Be Like Dougy Bell

3. The Lambrusco Kid

4. You Won't Be Merry On A North Sea Ferry

5. Harry Cross (A Tribute To Edna)

6. Geordie's Gone To Jail

7. Silly Billy

8. If You're In A Pop Group You'll End Up Paying A Fortune Practising At Peter Practice's Practice Place

9. PC Stoker

10. I Tried To Trust Tracey

11. Keith's A Thief

12. I'll Get Even With Steven (Steven Is Tender)

13. James Bond Lives Down Our Street

14. Olga... I Cannot

15. Griefsville

16. Geordie's Gone To Jail (Japanese Version)

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Track List: Treasured Tracks

1. Dig That Groove Theme (Live)

2. Tommy Kowey's Car (Live)

3. I've Had Enough O Magaluf (Live)

4. Alec's Gone (Live)

5. Spiders In The Dressing Room (Live)

6. Cloughy Is A Bootboy! (Live)

7. Rita's Innocent (Live)

8. You Won't Be Merry On A North Sea Ferry (Live)

9. Poor Davey (Live)

10. The Waltz (Live)

11. I'm A Telly Addict! (Live)

12. Terry Talking (Live)

13. Her With A Hoover (Live)

14. I Caught It From Camilla (Live)

15. Sod The Neighbours (Live)

16. The Death Of Barry The Roofer With Vertigo (Live)

17. Dig That Groove Baby (Live)

18. Idle Gossip (Live)

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Track List: Cheerio And Toodlepip!: The Complete Singles

Disc 1

2. She Goes To Finos

5. Everybody Jitterbug

8. Dig That Groove Baby

10. H.O.!

11. Alfie From The Bronx

12. Hanky Panky

13. We're Mad

15. Rupert The Bear

17. Fisticuffs In Frederick Street

Disc 2

1. She Goes To Finos

2. Spiders In The Dressing Room

4. James Bond (Lives Down Our Street)

5. Olga... I Cannot

6. Griefsville

7. Geordies Gone To Jail

8. Idle Gossip

9. Geordies Gone To Jail (Japanese Version)

13. Sod The Neighbours

14. Cloughy Is A Bootboy

15. Livin' La Vida Loca

16. Her With A Hoover

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Track List: A Far Out Disc

1. A Far Out Theme Tune

2. She Goes To Finos

3. Razzmatazz Intro

6. You And A Box Of Handkerchiefs

7. Bless You My Son

9. Come Back Jackie

10. Do You Want To Finish Or What ?

11. Commercial Break

14. Wipe Out

19. Nellie The Elephant

20. Fisticuffs In Frederick Street

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Track List: Dig That Groove Baby

1. Theme Tune (Intro)

2. Dig That Groove Baby

3. Dougy Giro

4. Spiders In The Dressing Room

5. Glenda And The Test Tube Baby

6. Up The Garden Path

7. Nellie The Elephant

8. Poor Davey

9. Stay Mellow

10. Queen Alexandra Road Is Where She Said She'd Be, But Was She There To Meet Me... No Chance

11. Worse Things Happen At Sea

12. Blue Suede Shoes

13. Fiery Jack

14. Theme Tune (Outro)

15. Cheerio And Toodle Pip

16. H.O.

17. Alfie From The Bronx

18. Hanky Panky

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