The Doll (band)

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The Doll
Origin London, England
Genres Punk rock, new wave
Years active 1977–1980
Labels Beggars Banquet
Past members Marion Valentine
Adonis Yanni
Christos Yianni
Mario Watts
Dennis Haines
Jamie West-Oram
Paul Turner

The Doll were a punk rock/new wave band from London, England, who had a top-thirty hit in 1979 with "Desire Me".


The Doll formed in October 1977 with a line-up of Marion Valentine (vocals, guitar), Adonis Yianni (keyboards), Christos Yianni (bass guitar), and Mario Watts (drums).[1][2] They were signed by Beggars Banquet Records, who included their track "Trash" on the Streets compilation and issued their debut single, "Don't Tango on my Heart", in January 1978.[1] They hit the UK Singles Chart with their second single, "Desire Me", which spent eight weeks on the chart, peaking at number 28 in January 1979, and led to the band appearing on Top of the Pops.[1][3] Female singer Valentine became the unintended focus of attention from the press as a result, making her a 'punk sex symbol'.[2]

Valentine and Christos Yianni recruited a new line-up including Dennis Haines (keyboards), Jamie West-Oram (lead guitar), and Paul Turner (drums).[1] The new line-up recorded an album titled Listen to the Silence, and a handful of other singles, but failed to repeat their earlier success and split up in spring 1980.[1]

West-Oram later enjoyed success with alternative band The Fixx.[1] Christos Yanni joined The Shoppers. It became a well regarded post-punk band on the London scene(Steve Brain guitar/ lead vocals Maxine Tarte keyboards/ vocals Gavin Hearne lead guitar/vocals Christos Yanni bass/ vocals).



  • Listen to the Silence (1979), Beggars Banquet

Track listing :

  1. The One Kiss (4.07)
  2. Zero Heroes (3.13)
  3. Ce Soir, Cheri (3.49)
  4. Cinderella With A Husky Voice (4.15)
  5. Memories (2.48)
  6. You Used To Be My Hero (4.00)
  7. True Love (3.40)
  8. Frozen Fire (3.24)
  9. Carmina (3.30)
  10. Listen To The Silence (4.42)
  11. Something Rare, Something Beautiful (5.05)


  • "Don't Tango on my Heart"/"Trash" (1978), Beggars Banquet - personnel listed as Baby Doll (guitar & vocals), Adonis (keyboards), Whizz Kid (bass) and Mario Watts (drums)
  • "Desire Me"/"T.V.Addict"/"Burning Up Like a Fire"/"Desire Me (Extended Version)"(1978), Beggars Banquet - UK No.28
  • "Cinderella with a Husky Voice"/"Because Now" (1979), Beggars Banquet
  • "You Used to be my Hero"/"Because Now" (1980), Beggars Banquet
  • "Burning up Like a Fire"/"Frozen Fire" (1980), Beggars Banquet


  1. ^ a b c d e f Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 57
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Dave "The Doll Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-09-21
  3. ^ "Doll", Chart Stats, retrieved 2010-09-21