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Best known for sporting cartoonish sunglasses and recording a rousing punk-rock cover of "Nellie the Elephant," the Toy Dolls are celebrating 35 years of astounding alliteration ("Fisticuffs in a Frederick Street," anyone?) and serving as a cult attraction to music fans worldwide.
The punk trio – currently Michael Algar, Duncan Redmonds and Tom Blyth – has gone through (count 'em) at least 12 bass players and 14 drummers on their way to earning a rather dedicated following. Along the way, they've expressed a sense of fun behind tracks like "Yul Brynner Was a Skinhead," "My Girlfriend's Dad's a Vicar" and "James Bond Lives Down Our Street." The band's signature on its albums is a short guitar riff, and the presence of kazoos (yes, kazoos) in many of their songs.
It's been the anniversary years in which The Toy Dolls have made the most noise. To celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, for example, they released the official biography, "The Toy Dolls: From Fulwell to Fukuoka." Five years later, their 30th anniversary saw them raking in digital congratulations messages to their official website.
Though there hasn't been "The Album After The Last One" (the title of their 2012 release), the band is working on an acoustic project. They also remain busy trying to book more festivals and shows for 2014, though some are already confirmed but waiting for an official announcement. They will play at least two more shows around the Coachella festival period. The first will be April 14th at the Regency in San Francisco. Three days later they'll play the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
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The Toy Dolls Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 04/08/2015 Winterthur ZH Gaswerk
The Toy Dolls Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 05/24/2014 Paris Ile Le Bataclan 05/23/2014 Saint-Brieuc A2 La Citrouille 05/22/2014 Herouville 99 Big Band Cafe 05/21/2014 Rouen Le 106 05/19/2014 Lyon Rho Ninkasi Kao 05/17/2014 Nimes A9 Paloma 05/16/2014 Tarbes B3 La Gespe 05/14/2014 Bordeaux Gironde Rock School Barbey 04/30/2014 Stuttgart Baden-wurttemberg Longhorn Sonntag 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/17/2014 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 04/14/2014 San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field
The Toy Dolls Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 11/09/2013 Nottingham Ntt Rock City 11/08/2013 London London Electric Ballroom 11/07/2013 Bristol Bst Fleece 11/06/2013 Brighton Bnh The Haunt 11/04/2013 Birmingham W Mids O2 Academy Birmingham 11/03/2013 Glasgow Glg Cathouse 11/02/2013 Sunderland T & W North Shore 11/01/2013 Manchester Msy Manchester Academy 3 11/01/2013 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Academy 10/19/2013 Cracow Kwadrat 08/30/2013 Bilbao Basque Country Kobetamendi Park 06/21/2013 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 03/09/2013 Berlin BE SOLD OUT @ SO36 03/08/2013 Hamburg HH Markthalle Hamburg 03/05/2013 Wurzburg Bavaria Posthalle 03/04/2013 Frankfurt Hesse Batschkapp
The Toy Dolls Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/08/2012 Eindhoven NB Klokgebouw 10/07/2012 Hengelo OV Metropool 10/06/2012 Groningen ?? De Oosterpoort 10/05/2012 Utrecht UT Tivoli Oudegracht 10/04/2012 Amsterdam ?? Melkweg