Toy Love

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Toy Love
Background information
Origin Dunedin, New Zealand
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock, new wave
Years active 1978–1980
Past members Chris Knox
Alec Bathgate
Paul Kean
Mike Dooley
Jane Walker

Toy Love was a New Zealand new wave/punk rock band.


Front man was Chris Knox and other members were guitarist Alec Bathgate, bass player Paul Kean, drummer Mike Dooley, and keyboard player Jane Walker. The band developed out of the earlier punk band The Enemy from Dunedin, New Zealand, and are often regarded as the progenitors of the Dunedin sound movement.[1]

Toy Love were together for less than two years (1978–80) and spent a large part of that time in Australia. They released just one (self-titled) album, however the band members were apparently appalled by the mixing of the tracks which took the edge off the band's deliberately raw sound. Allmusic gave the album a 3/5 rating.[2] In April 2005, this album was remastered and released along with a bunch of demos and unreleased tracks as a double CD entitled Cuts.

After Toy Love broke up, Bathgate and Knox remained together as the Tall Dwarfs.

In 2012, the band was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame and given the Legacy Award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.[3]


Date Title Label Charted (NZ) Catalog Number
1980 Toy Love Live At The Cook Volume One [bootleg]
Toy Love Live At The Cook Volume Two [bootleg]
Toy Love WEA 4
2005 Cuts Flying Nun Records 23 FNCD473
2012 Toy Love Live At The Gluepot Real Groovy Records RGLP001
Toy Love Real Groovy Records 15 RGLP002
1980 Toy Love EP Deluxe 20630
1979 "Rebel" b/w "Squeeze" Elektra 29 Z 10015
1980 "Don't Ask Me" b/w "Sheep" Deluxe 10 Z 10022
"Bride Of Frankenstein" b/w "Amputee Song/Good Old Joe" 22 Z 10029

Featured appearances[edit]

The group have appeared on a few compilations and soundtracks in New Zealand. The following is a list of these albums that have featured tracks by Toy Love.

  • (1979) - AK79 (Ripper Records) - "Squeeze" and "Toy Love Song"
  • (1980) - Goats Milk Soap (Ripper Records) - "The Second To Last Song Toy Love Wrote With Ad Lib Lyrics"
  • (1988) - It's Bigger Than Both Of Us - NZ singles 1979-1982 (Propeller Records) - "Rebel"
  • (1993) - AK79 (Propeller Records) - "Squeeze", "Toy Love Song" and "Frogs"
  • (2003) - Give It A Whirl (Propeller Records) - "Don't Ask Me"


  1. ^ Stranded In Paradise, New Zealand Rock and Roll 1955 to the Modern Era, J. Dix, Penguin, 2005, ISBN 0-14-301953-8, Chapter 25
  2. ^ "Toy Love Review", Allmusic, retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Musicians get ready for NZ Music Awards". 3 News NZ. 1 November 2012. 

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