Punk legends The Toy Dolls to play Sunderland gig

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AFTER 30 years one of Sunderland’s greatest exports The Toy Dolls will once again play on Wearside.

The legendary punk rock band are expected to play a sell-out gig at North Shore, St Peter’s Campus, in November.

The homecoming is a landmark in the band’s 33-year-history as they release their 12th studio album and celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Dig That Groove Baby.

The last time the band played in Wearside was at The Old 29, in High Street West, in 1983.

Founding band member, lead guitarist and singer Michael “Olga” Algar, of Grangetown, said: “I’m nervous as hell about coming back to Sunderland after 30 years.

“But, I think it’s a nice way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our first album Dig That Groove Baby. We owe it to Sunderland.”

“I have heard the city has changed dramatically. I have been living in London for quite a few years now.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone up there again.

“I’m suddenly feeling nostalgic thinking about it.”

Since forming in 1979 the band has released more than 50 albums and singles including Lives and Best Ofs.

Dig That Groove Baby, released in 1983, along with the band’s 7th album Absurd Dittie, is still thought by some to be the band’s best album and one of the greatest punk albums of all time.

Nellie the Elephant, released on their debut album, later charted at number four in the UK singles chart and stayed there for 14 weeks and sold 535,000 copies in the UK.

Their latest offering, The Album After the Last One, is no less controversial, including tracks titled Gordon Brown Gets Me Down, Dirty Doreen, Credit Crunch Christmas and Decca’s Drinkin’ Dilemma.

The world tour, imaginatively titled The Tour After the Last One, coincides with the release of the album and includes the Sunderland appearance on Saturday, November 2.

After forming in 1979, The Toy Dolls played a host of gigs, including their first show at Millfield Social Club in October 1979, before touring with South Shields punk rock band, Angelic Upstarts.

They then began touring the UK and Europe on solo tours in many formations of the band, which now includes Olga, bass player Tommy Goober and drummer The Amazing Mr Duncan.

The upcoming tour will continue into 2014 with support from the punk rocker TV Smith, a former member of the 1970s band The Adverts.

Tickets for the show cost £17.50 and will go on sale on Friday at Hot Rats in Stockton Road, and online at www.gigbox.co.uk

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The changing face of The Toy Dolls.

The band formed in October 1979 with members Pete Zulu (Peter Robson), lead vocal, Olga (Michael Algar), guitarist, Flip (Philip Dugdale), bass guitar, and Mr Scott (Colin Scott), drummer.

Their first gig was at Millview Social Club, on October 20, 1979.

Since then they have played in many formations, changing for the first time when Pete Zulu left to form his band Zulu & The Heartaches.

Pete, now a photographer, also owns The Black Horse pub in Boldon.

Mr Scott left after his girlfriend demanded he be paid £10 a gig and Dean James (Dean Robson), formerly of punk band The Cult, signed up.

More changes came and Olga roped in his older brother Ernie (Ernest Algar) to play bass.

Drummer Marty Yule, owner of Hot Rats, joined up. The band then took a break and after reforming Marty, unable to commit to performances, left.

Current bass player Tom Goober then joined into the mix and 2004 saw the release of the much anticipated Our Last Album? However, following a handful of live dates Olga decided to keep The Toy Dolls going and enlisted the services of drummer Duncan and the line up, has so far, stayed the same.