Monday, March 12, 2012

The Toy Dolls: Live in Munich (1986)

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:

 2. Olga's flair for lyrics that mine the humour and pathos of everyday British life.

Olga, acting as a sort of Ray Davies-meets-Benny-Hill-meets-the Ramones figure,  celebrates the ordinary people of his homeland in songs like "Carol Dodds is Pregnant", "Harry Cross (Edna's Gone)", "Davey's Took the Plunge" or even "The Death of Harry the Roofer with Vertigo".

For further proof of Olga's wicked eye for the ridiculous in his surroundings (and his ability to turn it all into one great big singalong) check out this set done live on German TV from the Idle Gossip era (1986).

01 Idle Gossip
02 The Lambrusco Kid
03 Spiders In The Dressing Room
04 (If You're In A Pop Group You'll End Up Paying A Fortune Practicing At) Peter Practice's Practice Place
05 Glenda And The Test Tube Baby
06 You Won't Be Merry On A North Sea Ferry
07 Blue Suede Shoes

Hallo, Toy Dolls fans!!!
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