Brooklyn's Captured Tracks label has begun re-releasing the back catalog of the venerable New Zealand label, Flying Nun. The first installment is a double LP of material from Toy Love. The brief lifespan of Toy Love was January 1979, when it emerged from another Dunedin band, The Enemy, to September 1980. But their output was sufficient to fill this 28-track compilation, which includes all of their A and B sides, their demos, a live track and a radio jingle. The package is said to include a booklet, photos and other interesting material.
Who were they and why were they important? Taking the second question first, they were an good pop band with punk elements, and an exciting live band. Moreover, they were an inspiration for the musicians that founded the famous New Zealand indie scene and, specifically, the Flying Nun label and the "Dunedin sound".
As for the "who", the band was fronted by Chris Knox, and the other members were Alec Bathgate (guitar), Paul Kean (bass), Mike Dooley (drums) and Jane Walker (keys). Knox and Bathgate soldiered on as Tall Dwarfs. Kean went on to be the bassist for The Bats.
The pre-orders begin shipping the week of February 25.
The true test is in the listening, isn't it. So here is "Swimming Pool" for your evaluation --
"I Don't Mind", fusing punk and jangle pop --
Here is a live version of the compilation's opening track --
Captured Tracks - Page for Toy Love double LP