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Album Review

One of the underrated classics of the late 1970s, as delivered by one of the most underrated bands. Guillotine Theatre was Cuddly Toys debut album, cut in the wake of the "Madman" single that first brought them to mainstream attention — which is what you'd expect to receive if you covered a cover of a previously unheard David Bowie/Marc Bolan co-composition. But there was so much more to the group than that, as they delved back into the most glorious days of British glam, and emerged with a punkish swagger that simply dared you to accuse them of revivalism. Half manic sci-fi, half brutish decadence, Guillotine Theatre still sparkles with its own in-built absurdity and pretension, with the title track, "Astral Joe" and the maddeningly glorious "The Fall and Decline of the Universe" stepping out to slash and burn their way into your consciousness.

Biography

Formed: Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Getting their start as bratty punkers called the Raped, the members of that band wisely went for a name change — after the release of the Pretty Paedophiles EP and a follow-up single — to the Cuddly Toys, also revamping their image in the mold of a cross-dressing glam band. A drastic change in sound would also ensue. As the Raped, bookings were hard to come by, so they opted to go with a more pleasant name. The Cuddly Toys are probably best known for releasing a single of "Madman," a...
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