Toy Dolls

The History 1979-1996

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This exhaustive two-disc career retrospective is all that any serious Toy Dolls fan will ever need. The band's debut album, Dig That Groove Baby (well-represented here with eight songs), should be enough for most anyone. But for masochists who just can't get enough of singer/guitarist Olga's goofy characters, this collection will cover all the bases. Hilarious punk romps such as "When You're Jimmy Saville," "Ernie Had a Hernia," "Poltergeist in the Pantry," and "Olga Crack Corn" (to name just a few) are the dominant variety, and the inclusion of the rare single "James Bond Lives Down Our Street" is a huge plus. Blazing renditions of classical pieces ("Tocatta in D Minor," "Saber Dance") are equally amusing, while "Back in 79" is as close as the band ever comes to a "serious" single. Overall, a well-packaged compilation, but definitely a lot to swallow.

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