Cheerio & Toodlepip! 0705

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Review Text It comes as a bit of a surprise that the Toy Dolls had enough singles to fill up not one but two entire CDs, particularly considering that some casual observers might dismiss them as a one-hit wonder. But when you add up all dozen of their 7" singles (one of which was actually a five-song EP), their pair of three-song CD singles, and a bunch of 12" releases, it really does add up to a prolific (if not especially notable) non-LP discography. That one hit -- "Nellie the Elephant," which made number four in the British charts in 1984 -- is here, of course. Bet you didn't know, however, how many other of their songs made the U.K. indie charts in the early to mid-'80s, including the original 1982 version of "Nellie the Elephant," "Cheerio & Toodle Pip," "Alfie from the Bronx," "We're Mad," "She Goes to Finos," "James Bond (Lives Down Our Street)," and "Geordies Gone to Jail." Nor, perhaps, were you aware that several of their songs were recorded in two versions for the singles market, including not only "Nellie the Elephant," but also "She Goes to Finos," "Turtle Crazy" (as a B-side singalong mix), "Geordies Gone to Jail" (as a Japanese version), and "Tommy Kowey's Car." (Incidentally, the original version of the last -- on their 1980 debut single -- is a big punk collectible, as only 500 copies were pressed; it and its B-side, the original version of "She Goes to Finos," are both included here.) Though the band got a little poppier and less abrasive with the passing years, the approach remained pretty consistent throughout: fast, frivolous, punky songs with hooligan chant choruses, sung with the pumped-up, heavily British-accented cheeriness of proud village idiots. The wiseass cockiness might be too much for the uncommitted in such a large dose. But there's no faulting the thoroughness of this package, which also provides track-by-track annotation and a complete discography. ~ Richie Unterberger

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Tommy Kowey's Car - 3:45
  2. 2. She Goes to Finos - 3:19
  3. 3. Tommy Kowey's Car - 2:29
  4. 4. She's a Worky Ticket - 2:28
  5. 5. Everybody Jitterbug - 3:34
  6. 6. Medley: Teenager in Love/I've Got Asthma - 3:22
  7. 7. Nellie the Elephant - 3:29
  8. 8. Dig That Groove Baby - 3:34
  9. 9. Cheerio and Toodle Pip - 4:47
  10. 10. H.O.! - 3:24
  11. 11. Alfie from the Bronx - 4:32
  12. 12. Hanky Panky - 3:57
  13. 13. We're Mad - 5:56
  14. 14. Deirdre's a Slag - 3:20
  15. 15. Rupert the Bear - 2:44
  16. 16. Nellie the Elephant - 3:02
  17. 17. Fisticuffs in Frederick Street - 3:20

CD: 2

  1. 18. She Goes to Finos - 4:41
  2. 19. Spiders in the Dressing Room - 2:58
  3. 20. Come Back Jackie - 3:10
  4. 21. James Bond Lives Down Our Street - 4:50
  5. 22. Olga...I Cannot - 5:09
  6. 23. Griefsville - 3:24
  7. 24. Geordies Gone to Jail - 4:34
  8. 25. Idle Gossip - 3:33
  9. 26. Geordies Gone to Jail - 4:49
  10. 27. Turtle Crazy - 3:47
  11. 28. Turtle Crazy - 3:48
  12. 29. Lazy Sunday Afternoon - 3:36
  13. 30. Sod the Neighbours - 2:15
  14. 31. Cloughy Is a Bootboy - 3:53
  15. 32. Livin' la Vida Loca - 3:26
  16. 33. Her With a Hoover - 3:30
  17. 34. Alec's Back - 3:31

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5/3/05 

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