Album News, Anniversary, Tour Dates, Video — February 12, 2010 at 11:42 pm

The Toy Dolls working on new studio album, plotting 30th anniversary concerts

The Toy Dolls

Brit punk jokesters The Toy Dolls have begun work on their 12th studio album — the follow-up to 2004’s no-longer-accurately titled Our Last Album? — and have plotted initial spring and summer dates in Europe and Russia for a planned 30th anniversary tour.

Still led by founder Michael “Olga” Algar — the only constant in a trio that has seen 12 bassists and 14 drummers over the years — the Dolls are giving fans a fleeting taste of their next album; Algar today posted, for 24 hours only, a pair of bedroom demos on his MySpace page. (“These will be very rough indeed, just me with a drum machine, and me doing all the backing vocals, fuzzy guitar sounds plugged in direct without an amplifier,” he writes.)

Backed by bassist Tommy Goober and drummer The Amazing Mr. Duncan, Olga will take the Dolls out for a series of “30th anniversary shows,” even though the group actually debuted in 1979. (The Dolls’ first album, Dig That Groove Baby, wouldn’t come out until 1983, but it spawned a U.K. Top 5 hit with the band’s cover of “Nellie the Elephant.”)

So far, the band has announced eight shows in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium and France this spring and summer, with more promised throughout 2010. As for the album, neither a title nor a release date have been announced.

See Toy Dolls tour dates and some vintage video after the jump…

Toy Dolls 30th anniversary tour dates:

April 17: Trilocada Festival, Girona, Spain
May 13: Long I Rock Festival, Longirod, Switzerland
May 20: Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy
May 21: Estragon, Bologna, Italy
July 3: Les feux de l’ete Festival, Saint Prouant, France
Aug. 21: Pukkelpop Festival, Kiewit, Belgium
Sept. 10: Orlandia, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 11: Tochka Club, Moscow, Russia

Video: Toy Dolls, “Nellie the Elephant” on “Top of the Pops,” 1984

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