I won’t get on my Captain Oi records having nothing to do with oi kick again. I will just tell you about Toy Dolls. This is one the of weirdest CDs I have heard in awhile. This sounds like an album I might have checked out of the library in elementary school with pictures on it and stuff. It really sounds like, with a few exceptions, a punk album for little kids. It’s all covers spanning from ’82 to ’00. They do real kiddie songs like “Nellie the Elephant” and “Rupert the Bear.” They also do a few instrumentals, “Sabre Dance,” “Toccate in Dm,” “Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik.” Also, some popular songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “No Particular Place to Go,” “Please Release Me” (with an original tacked on the tail of if which is really pretty cool, called “Darling I Loathe You”), “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Of course, they put their own twist to these songs, making them a bit more palatable. This of more of a novelty album, if anything else. It was entertaining for a single listen, but it won’t see my CD player again, unless I’m baby sitting someone’s kids. “Ha!” (done in the voice of Miss Krabappel). I would, however, like to hear more of their originals. The guitarist is a pretty damn good and the vocalist has the British, snotty snarl of Johnny Rotten which makes some of these covers amusing.
–toby (Captain OI!)