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Album Review

Toy Love's sole album was recorded at a low point for the band during a hectic touring schedule and a failed attempt to break out of New Zealand into Australia. Predictably, the album lacked much of the live energy for which the band had come to be known, turning out instead to be pretty standard new wave fare. Though it didn't properly showcase what the band was capable of, it did hint at Knox's potential as a songwriter, and it proved to be influential to the emerging alternative scene in New Zealand, providing the blueprint for much of that scene's unique sound — fractured, off-kilter garage-pop owing as much to the '60s as it does to punk.

Customer Reviews

What a Blast from the Past

I have had a 'copy' of this on my person since I was 16, the tape is held together with tape. It has been from NZ to the States and back again twice. I can't even tell you how many times I have listened to this. Most influencial in my early years. If you enjoy Buzzcocks, Hunters and Collectors, Clash, or Violent Femmes. You will love this, but let the album grow on you. It may not be your favorite at first, but it will infect your soul. Swimming Pool, I don't Mind, Aint it nice, and Don't Catch Fire are must have item's.

One of my favorites

Great to here these songs again after so many years. Only problem is that the last track 'Pull Down the Shades' (one of my favorites along with Swimming Pool) is not the correct track. This track was not on the album - did anyone else have the same thing?

Biography

Formed: January 19, 1979

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Toy Love were a New Zealand new wave band that grew out of the country's first punk band of note, the Enemy. And while their small number of recordings were pretty much by-the-numbers new wave pop with a few moments of inspiration, Toy Love (and especially their founding member Chris Knox)...
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