Toy Love to receive Legacy Award
Before Flying Nun, before any ‘Dunedin Sound’, there was Toy Love.
Now more than 30 years later, the five-piece (Chris Knox, Alec Bathgate, Paul Kean, Jane Walker and Mike Dooley) are set to receive both the New Zealand Herald Legacy Award at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards and an induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
But, this ain’t just nostalgia!
To celebrate, Flying Nun and Real Groovy Records are proud to announce the upcoming double LP, Toy Love. Pressed on unique split coloured vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve, the 28 track compilation features all the band’s singles’ (A & B sides), a selection of demos recorded in 1979, a live track and even a radio jingle.
Plus, following on from their limited edition Toy Love – Live At The Gluepot LP released earlier in the year, Real Groovy Records have put together a Toy Love DVD Collection with 17 clips from 1979 and 1980 – as well as a yet to be released new clip for ‘Swimming Pool’. And, if that wasn’t enough, there will be a few more items of toy lust soon to be announced.
Evolving from Dunedin band, The Enemy, Toy Love had a brief but bright existence between January 1979 and September 1980. Invoking the ghost of punk and the melody and creativity of 60-70s pop, they were peerless at a time when New Zealand music was still struggling to imprint itself on the national consciousness. They became a model for local musicians around the country and inspired the birth of Flying Nun Records – a label which many from the band went on to work with, including Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate with the Tall Dwarfs and Paul Kean with The Bats. Then, in 2005 Flying Nun released Cuts, a double CD anthology of Toy Love material
Electrifying and unmissable, Toy Love made an impact on all who saw them, and continue to do so around the world today.
TOY LOVE – TOY LOVE (2xLP) + TOY LOVE DVD COLLECTION
OUT NOVEMBER 3, 2012