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The 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: 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

3. Come Back Jacky

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)

10. Turtle Crazy

12. Lazy Sunday Afternoon

13. Sod The Neighbours

14. Cloughy Is A Bootboy

15. Livin' La Vida Loca

16. Her With A Hoover

17. Alec's Back

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Track List: A Far Out Disc

1. A Far Out Theme Tune

2. She Goes To Finos

3. Razzmatazz Intro

4. Modern School Of Motoring

5. Carol Dodd Is Pregnant

6. You And A Box Of Handkerchiefs

7. Bless You My Son

8. My Girlfriend's Dad Is A Vicar

9. Come Back Jackie

10. Do You Want To Finish Or What ?

11. Commercial Break

12. Chartbuster

13. We Are Mad

14. Wipe Out

15. Florence Is Deaf

16. A Far Out Tune

17. Deidree Is A Slag

18. Ruppert The Bear

19. Nellie The Elephant

20. Fisticuffs In Frederick Street

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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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So glad I charged a solo mission,OC to LA on a Thursday night, found $5.00 parking surrounded by $20.00, found a scalper at the last minute and swindled him down from $160.00 to $45.00 because I convinced that he was going to have to take less or eventually eat the ticket if he didn't get rid of it pronto(I even used the scam,Heads I win, Tails you lose at the last haggle. he proly still hasn't caught on to that one) and scored 2 killer tour Tees at the Fonda theater to see the Toy Dolls.
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Toy Dolls are painfully underrated. They kick a**
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James Bond lives down our street... sometimes he gets a helicopter to work.
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First discovered them in my college radio DJ days, back in the 80's, have loved em, ever since!
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Love this band
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I totally forgot about these guys! Love them
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I love Olga and his Happy Punk!
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Olga hasn't aged because he beat the Devil in a guitar pickin' contest, not because he's an alien ;)
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Olga is a demigod.
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Olga has not aged since 1979. I think he's from another planet. That's rad.
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<3
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forrestsande f e r
Did you know that dedreas a Slag?!?!
gotta luv em
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Punk has always been fun. Even the bands that take themselves way too seriously become funny.
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Where...is "Asheberg Launderette" ?
WHERE...is "Barefaced Cheek"?

Screw this, I'm off to Playlist.com !
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makes punk rock fun
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best
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oi oi oi
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Cheers
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Agreed.
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One of the funnest and funniest bands tae ever come oot o the PUNK OI scene. The U.K. had the Toy Dolls and the U.S. had the Dickies. I like the Toy Dolls much better.

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