Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Toy Dolls: Live in Lyon, 1990 (FM Broadcast)

This week MRML celebrates Sunderland, England's The Toy Dolls, a pop-punk-oi trio that have been rocking the world since 1979 under the leadership of singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer/cartoonist/sole original member Olga, by building a list:

 Ten Terrific Toy Dolls Traits:

5. Olga's Guitar Wig-Outs

While he can peel off some some pretty classic glam-rockin' solos, Olga's guitars theatrics pinch from a dizzying array of forms - folk (the traditional "Jimmy Olga Crack Corn"), jazz (the standard "When the Saints Go Marching In"), rockabilly (Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place To Go"), bluegrass (Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith's "Dueling Banjos"), classical (J.S. Bach's "Toccata in D Minor") and country (The Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia Scunthorpe"). While some fans, possibly including yours truly, have groused about all that showy fret work, it has really helped build the band's very particular sound - so bully for Olga!

For further proof of Olga's guitar skullduggery,check out this rip-snortin' set done on French radio in 1990.

01- Intro
02- Dig that Groove
03- Cloughy is a Bootboy
04- Lambrusco kid
05- I've got Asthma
06- Peter Practise Pad
07- Deirdre's a Slag
08- Bless you my Son
09- My Girlfriends Dad's a Vicar
10- Ashbrooke Launderette
11- Spiders in the Dressing Room
12- Instrumental
13- She goes to Finos
14- Tommy Koweys car
15- Back in '79
16- Fisticuffs in Frederick street
17- Sabre Dance
18- Harry Cross
19-Glenda and the Test Tube Baby
20- Blue Suede shoes
21- When the Saints go Marching in
22-Nellie the elephant 

Oi, Toy Dolls fans!!!
Tell us what you think of all Olga's six-string showmanship in the COMMENTS section (which is where you'll find the Live in Lyon link).

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  2. Cheers'n'beers for the mega Toy Dolls rarities. I've luved 'em ever since I heard the orig Nellie track on some obscure comp many many (too many...) years ago.

  3. very enjoyable . . . thanks

  4. Awesome stuff!

    You do a great job digging things up!

    Thank you.

  5. Thanks for the words TD fans!

  6. True originals in the punk scene. Met Olga a few times, VERY shy, but also a very nice guy. This band has been a huge part of my life. Long live The Toy Dolls. No groovediggerzzzzzzzzz.

    1. Great band, indeed - glad to hear another report about them being decent guys as well.


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