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Studio album by Toy Dolls
Released January 1993
Recorded September 1992
Genre Punk rock, Oi!
Length 36:46
Label Receiver Records
Producer Michael Algar
Toy Dolls chronology
Fat Bob's Feet
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Gomez (9/10)[2]

Absurd-Ditties is the seventh full-length album by the punk rock band Toy Dolls, recorded in September 1992 and released in January 1993 by Receiver Records.[1] It is considered by many, including vocalist and guitarist Olga, to be one of the band's best albums.

The album title is a pun on the word "absurdities", merging "absurd", meaning "unreasonable or ridiculous in manner", with "ditties", meaning "short simple songs", which when combined to form Absurd-Ditties describe the album's songs itself as "absurd ditties".[3] Mark Brennan of Captain Oi! Records wrote album the album in the liner notes of its 2002 remastered edition.

In 2012, the website of music venue SO36 said that Absurd-Ditties, along with the band's first album Dig That Groove Baby (1983), are "recognized as [two] of the best punk albums of all time."[4] That same year, Olga was asked in an interview with For the Love of Punk "What is the favorite album you’ve done & why?," to which he replied "Absurd Ditties, best songs, best production!"[5] He then was asked "what’s been the most popular Toy Dolls album?," to which he said "Absurd Ditties! and Dig that Groove Baby."[6] He had been previously quoted as saying the album was his personal favourite, commenting "great songs, great production and a great guitar sound."[7] Ian Glasper also called the album "brilliant" in his 2004 book Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980–1984.[8]


Allmusic rated the album three stars out of five.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Michael "Olga" Algar.

  1. "Absurd-Ditties"  – 0:44
  2. "I'm a Telly Addict"  – 2:48
  3. ""Terry Talking""  – 2:35
  4. "Ernie Had a Hernia"  – 3:17
  5. "Toccata in Dm"  – 2:37
  6. "My Wife's a Psycopath!"  – 2:52
  7. "Sod the Neighbours"  – 2:28
  8. "Melancholy Margaret"  – 2:24
  9. "Drooling Banjos"  – 3:53
  10. "Alecs Gone"  – 2:59
  11. "When You're Jimmy Savile"  – 3:07
  12. "Caught up the Reeperbahn!"  – 3:19
  13. "Dez the Demon Decorator"  – 2:57
  14. "Absurd-Ditties (End Bit)"  – 0:46


  • Michael "Olga" Algar – Vocals, Guitar
  • John "K'Cee" Casey – Bass, Vocals
  • Martin "Marty" Yule – Drums, Vocals


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