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TOY "ANTOYLOGY 1980-1993"
(1999, Payola, F7297)

Songs (click on the -icons for a small audio-sample)
1. Suspicion (1981)
2. Empty Houses (1981)
3. Tanz der Gilles (1981)
4. Run Run Rosie (1991)
5. Not Your Friend (1981)
6. Helpless Girl (1987)
7. Un dramma di sera (1993)
8. Survive (1982)
9. Son of St. Mary (1980)
10. Coconut (1980)
11. Crazy Monday (1980)
12. Last Chance (1981)
13. You Won't Regret It (1980)
14. One Way Affair (1980)
15. Blue Night (1984)
16. I Found Out (1980)
17. Magazine Sweetheart (1981)
18. Pin Striped Suits (1981)
19. Love Cat (1993)
20. All American (1984)

All songs by T. Van Hemelrijk & A. Woods
Produced :
- Alan O' Duffy (1, 5)
- Jürgen Kramer (2, 3, 17, 18)
- Hugo Bogaerts (19)
- Theo Van Hemelrijk (6, 7)
- Evert Verhees & Kevin Mulligan (15, 20)
- Toy (4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16)

Musicians :
- Harry Woods : vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Theo Van Hemelrijk : guitar, vocal, keyboards
- Alain Gautier, Renato Marciano, Tony Callebaut, Joost De Spiegeleer, Karl Zosel : bass
- Marc Bonne, Paul Ille, Ronny Reuman, Joris Peeters : drums
- Werner Pensaert, Yannic Fonderie, Paolo Damanti, Evert Verhees, Hervé Martens : keyboards, programming
- Terry Terrell : vocals

Artwork : Marc Vanhoeck & Theo Van Hemelrijk


My opinion

In 1981, I was thirteen back then - somewhere in that period my strange fixation with Belgian music that led to the making of this website had its origin - me and some of my pals had a new and terrific plan to chase away the summerly boredom : this time we would put our joint inexperience to the service of the noble goal of organizing a popfestival. It goes without saying that this plan never left the stage of a plan on paper, but what I wanted to say with all this is that I can clearly remember being a staunch defender of putting the band TOY on our line-up that day.
It certainly was a pleasant experience hearing the songs again that made me state my - controversial with my hard-rock or new-wave pals - opinion back then. And "Suspicion" is definitively not the only song worth remembering, although that was surely the moment-de-gloire of the band, and probably the closest that the belpop-generation ever came to producing a perfect pop-single. But the beauty on this collection isn't in one song alone : "Empty Houses", "Tanz der Gilles", "Helpless Girl", "Un dramma di sera" and "Crazy Monday" (that is my favourite) have all stood the test of time with flying colours.
Toy isn't exactly the band that will make you go "mad with enthusiasm". It is civilized rock, adressing you politely with "Sir" or "Ma'am", nicely wiping its feet before entering the premise. In retrospect, we heard influences from Toto to Crazy Horse, from Nick Kershaw to Bronski Beat, from The Cure to Dire Straits, from MOR to AOR. The group-sound is sometimes clearly outdated (the more "produced", the more outdated it seems), but this did not stand in the way of a pleasant auditive experience, since the quality of the 20 song collected here remains constantly high.
If you still have a soft spot for the eighties in your heart, this AnTOYlogy is well-worth a go.

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More about this group :

- Toy in the Belgian Pop & Rock Archives.
- Payola Records : Borgstraat, B2890 Sint-Amands, Belgium.
Tel : 32-5-233.76.61 / Fax : 32-3-889.86.66.
- Marc Vanhoeck (managing) :


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