TOY DOLLS: Anniversary Anthems: CD

Captain Oi winds up their Toy Dolls reissue campaign with this, the band’s most recent release, originally released two years ago as the band celebrated their twenty-first anniversary. Like the album that preceded it, this is one of the better Toy Dolls albums, which is like sayin’ “It’s pretty good for Mozart….” As I’ve said before, a lousy Toy Doll record is still miles above some bands’ finest work, for even when they seem to be merely going through the motions, the Toy Dolls are still tighter than King Georgie’s grip on an oil-related money opportunity and up to their eyebrows in hooks. Included here are covers of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and, speaking of Mozart, “Eine Kleine Nachmusik,” the latter of which adds fuel with to my love/hate feelings about Olga (in a nutshell, I love his guitar playing, and hate that I can’t play as well as he). Great listen here, of course, and I personally am looking forward to hearing what these guys come up with next.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)