The Toy Dolls make raucous Sunderland return

The Toy Dolls at the Sunderland Echo offices, Pennywell, March 1981 Wednesday Retro 1981

The Toy Dolls at the Sunderland Echo offices, Pennywell, March 1981 Wednesday Retro 1981

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LEGENDARY punk band The Toy Dolls made a raucous return to Wearside after nearly three decades.

The band last played in their home city in 1983 at The Old 29 in High Street West.

But the trio made their homecoming in style at a packed-out gig at North Shore, St Peter’s Campus.

The Wearside date on their world tour was a double celebration for the band, who have just released their 12th studio album, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Dig That Groove Baby.

Since forming in 1979, the band has released more than 50 albums and singles.

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

After forming in 1979, The Toy Dolls played a host of local gigs 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. The upcoming tour will continue into 2014 with support from the punk rocker TV Smith, a former member of the 1970s band The Adverts.