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The Toy Dolls - Twenty Two Tunes Live From Tokyodotdotdotdot
artworkThe Toy Dolls invented happy punk. It is their rhythmic chunk sound that modern day wonders like Green Day use. It is their sound that the theme from King Of the Hill depends on for it's infectious hook. They were masters of playful punk humor. They used some instros in their live sets, including (Ghost) Riders In The Sky and Wipe Out.
Picks: Popeye Medley, When The Saints (Go Marching In), Wipe Out, Sabre Dance

Track by Track Review


Popeye Medley dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

This is mostly a drum solo, but it includes several themes frequently employed in the Popeye cartoons, and it is all instro. This is a theme waiting for a surf band brave enough to eat canned spinach cold!

When The Saints (Go Marching In) dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

This is a slap happy chunka chunka punkization of the gospel classic. Mighty fun, and the crowd goes bonkers for it. Fast, playful, and seriously rearranged.

Wipe Out dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Super fuzz surf punk rendering of the Surfaris' classic hit. The speed and chunk are the factors that carry this version. The band was clearly having fun, and the audience was right with them. Plenty of edgie guitar and panache.

Sabre Dance dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Major chunk, super fuzz, speed demon pace not unlike the Love Sculpture version, just less manic and more punkie. Hot, way fun, and high spirited. Too cool.