From Sunderland, England, the Toy Dolls is a punk trio centred around lead singer Olga (Michael Algar). Other personnel, at various times, comprised some five bass players, 14 drummers and 39 drivers and roadies - and that was only by the end of the 80s. The Toy Dolls have long been a cult attraction, their scampering, hyperactive anthems to the absurd earning them a dedicated following. However, they achieved a UK Top 5 chart hit with a breakneck revision of Nellie The Elephant in Christmas 1984. Its ludicrous nature was not out of place with their standard fare: Yul Brynner Was A Skinhead, Nowt Can Compare To Sunderland Fine-Fare, Geordies Gone To Jail. They also launched attacks on UK television personalities such as Deirdre Barlow from the famous soap opera Coronation Street (Deirdres A Slag) and presenter Anne Diamond. They did little, however, to reinforce their punk street credibility by...
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