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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Underrated Triumphant Marriage Of Olga With The Daintees, 4 Nov 2011
This review is from: One More Megabyte (Audio CD)
This album saw ex-Martin Stephenson and The Daintees members Martin Yule and Gary Dunn reunited, and together they added a noticeable lustre to proceedings.

The explosive 'She's A Leech' is a triumph of everything fabulous about the Toy Dolls, a breakneck speed song of four chord screaming guitar hooks, thundering drums and a football chant chorus.

Vying for top place as the outstanding track of the album - and a real surprise package - however is 'She'll Be Back With Keith Someday', for once a serious song about broken hearts from a trio best known for their levity. With any other line up possibly this wouldn't have worked, but Marty and Gary's note perfect harmonisation works perfectly with Olga's embittered shrill voice to create what could have become the band's second mainstream UK hit had it been given a chance.

The reason of the album is atypical Toy Dolls punk meets 70s glam meets classical or anything else that takes Olga's fancy, married to him poking fun at luvvy actors ('Fred Olivier'), swingers ('Bored Housewife'), computer nerds and Olga's ever permenant gripes about people getting married and turning promptly into domestic bores.

The cover of '500 Miles' wasn't one of their better ideas, but the cover of 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' (with piano from Danny of The Wildhearts) is a knockout that rightly went viral on YouTube when married to a cartoon.

Toy Dolls head cheese Michael 'Olga' Algar doesn't think much of this album. He doesn't think much of most of his albums. Neither do the music media in the UK. Forever cursed with the 'Nellie The Elephant' tag, Olga's demented weasel vocals (think Norman Wisdom on Helium) also never enamoured him to the maschismo poseurs of the Joe Strummer and Watty end of the punk movement. Their loss, for there's few people quite able to crank out a catchy tune like our Olga - one of the reasons the Toy Dolls have been the surprise survivors of the old school punks to this day. You've either got it or you ain't: and the cultural snobbery that sees their humour derided as childish by the same people that will praise a Half Man Half Biscuit album at the drop of a hat for the same observational comedy is exactly the sort of absurdity Olga has lampooned with relish for the best part of three decades.

This album is worth getting alone for 'She's A Leech', 'She'll Be Back With Keith Someday' and 'The Devil Went Down To Scunthorpe (Georgia!)', but you won't be disappointed with most of the rest of it.
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