Toy Love Profile

Andrew Schmidt
16 Apr 2013

Toy Love was one of the most important groups to have emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk in late 1970s New Zealand. They are also one of the most mythologised.

The Dunedin and Christchurch band, born out of The Enemy and The Basketcases, had catchy and provocative songs to burn. They were also one of the era’s hardest working bands, touring New Zealand multiple times, and setting the busy multi-tiered Auckland live scene alight.

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Chris Knox at The Gluepot, September 1980
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Sydney booking contract
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Mike Dooley, Paul Kean and Jane Walker in Sydney, early 1980
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Chris Knox (behind the foil), Alec Bathgate, Paul Kean, Sydney, early 1980
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A Toy Love promo shot, likely 1979: Paul Kean, Chris Knox, Alec Bathgate, Mike Dooley and Jane Walker
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January 1980
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Bride of Frankenstein (Joe Wylie version)
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The invite only Toy Love album preview at Auckland's XS Cafe, August 1980
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Toy Love at Auckland's Windsor Castle, September 1979
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Chris Knox, Paul Kean and Jane Walker at Auckland's Gluepot, likely September 1980
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Toy Love and The Furys at Auckland's Liberty Stage
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Toy Love at the Auckland University's Maidment Theatre, July 1979
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Chris Knox with Toy Love, Sydney, June/July 1980
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Jane Walker with The Basket Cases, The Gresham, Christchurch
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1980 single advert
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Johnny & The Hookers with Toy Love, a classic Saturday afternoon at Auckland's Windsor Castle, March 1979
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Toy Love in Sydney: Mike Dooley, Paul Kean, Alec Bathgate (rear), Chris Knox (front) and Jane Walker
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Toy Love at Auckland's Windsor Castle, July 1979
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Toy Love at the The Island Of Real, 1979
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Toy Love late 1979. Soundman Doug Hood is repairing something. Mike Dooley, Chris Knox, Doug Hood and Alec Bathgate
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Toy Love at Auckland's Windsor Castle, June 1979
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Chris Knox and Mike Dooley, State Theatre, Symonds St, Auckland, March 1979
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Toy Love signing with WEA Records (NZ) and DeLuxe (Australia), 1979: Alec Bathgate, Jane Walker, WEA's Tim Murdoch, DeLuxe's Michael Browning, Paul Kean, Mike Dooley, WEA's Terence Hogan and Chris Knox
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Chris Knox, State Theatre, Symonds Street, March 1979
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Toy Love at Auckland's Gluepot, November 1979
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Bride Of Frankenstein (original video)
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Bandfile from 1979
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Toy Love describe the Sydney venues
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Toy Love at Chequers in Sydney, July 1980
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Toy Love and Johnny & The Hookers at Parnell's Windosr Castle in 1979. The Saturday afternoons at the Windsor were often only annnounced by poster a few days before but were always filled to capacity when Toy Love or other punk acts played. Whilst not punk, The Hookers were widely accepted by the Auckland punks.
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Toy Love at Hamilton's Hillcrest Tavern, June 1979
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Toy Love in Christchurch, outside the Gladstone, probably in October 1979: Chris Knox, Jane Walker, Paul Kean, Mike Dooley and Alec Bathgate.
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Toy Love: Paul Kean, Mike Dooley (rear), Jane Walker (front), Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate
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Chris Knox, 1979, probably at The Windsor Castle, Parnell, Auckland
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Rock Theatre, Wellington, Feb 1980
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Swimming Pool (2012 Jeff Smith video)
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The poster for the 1980 Toy Love album designed by Terence Hogan
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Chris Knox, early 1979, either at The State Theatre, Symonds Street, of The Windsor Castle, Parnell
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Chris Knox at Auckland's Gluepot, September 1980
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Chris Knox at The Gluepot, September 1980
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Jane Walker and Chris Knox at Auckland's Island of Real, 1979
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Toy Love flyer for The Brevet Club, Christchurch
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Toy Love at Auckland's New Station Hotel, December 1979
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Toy Love at Auckland's Selwyn College: Alec Bathgate, Chris Knox, Jane Walker, Paul Kean and Mike Dooley. The lunchtime show at the school was recorded and has been widely bootlegged over the years.
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Toy Love in a boat for some reason: Chris Knox, Alec Bathgate, Mike Dooley, Jane Walker and Paul Kean
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Chris Knox letter from Australia, 1979
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Interview in Australia in 1980 and a performance of 'Sheep'
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Jane Walker, Paul Kean and Alister Parker in The Basket Cases at The Gresham, circa 1978, pre-Toy Love and The Gordons
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Toy Love interview, The South Tonight, 1980
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Paul Kean, Alec Bathgate and Chris Knox, likely at Auckland's Gluepot
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Chris Knox at Auckland's Gluepot in one of their last shows in September 1980
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Toy Love and The Androidss at Christchurch's Hillsborough, October 1979
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Toy Love, plus movie, at Auckland's Island of Real, July 1979
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An Australian Toy Love poster 
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1979 tour flyer
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Chris Knox with Toy Love at their second to last show, Mainstreet, Auckland, 19 September, 1980
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Toy Love, recording their debut single at Mandrill Studios, 1979
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Toy Love at Sweetwaters '80
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Toy Love post signing to WEA: Paul Kean, Mike Dooley, Chris Knox, Alec Bathgate, Jan Walker and Ian Dalziel 
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Toy Love at Auckland's Island Of Real, March 1979
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Toy Love at The Basement, Fanshawe Street, Auckland, July 1979
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Squeeze (with remastered audio)
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Toy Love, 1980: Alec Bathgate, Chris Knox, Mike Dooley, Paul Kean and Jane Walker
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Chris Knox and Mike Dooley, venue unknown
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Members:

Chris Knox - vocals

Paul Kean - bass

Mike Dooley - drums

Jane Walker - keyboards

Alec Bathgate - guitar

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Labels:

WEA


Flying Nun


DeLuxe

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No Matter What (Live at The Island of Real)
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