About The Toy Dolls
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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