|Origin||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|Genres||Alternative rock, punk rock, new wave|
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.
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. 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.
|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]||—||—|
|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|
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"
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