Toys Records was a DIY label. It managed at least two singles. For 1st EP 'My Mind Wanders' (April 79): Pete Abbott (guitars & bass) from Park Street, Gez Sagar (vocals) from High Barnet and Mick Russell (drums) from Hatfield. The 2nd EP 'Still Dancing' (May 1980) by Kev Buckler (guitar) from Brickett Wood and Simon Belshaw (sax) from St Albans. The Toys started when Pete Abbott asked Gez Sagar and Mick Russell to record an EP with him at Quest studios in Luton. Pete and Mick were 17 and Gez was 16. The EP 'My Mind Wanders' was released in April 79. 1,000 copies were pressed and sold to friends through St Albans record shops such as the Record Room. After an affectionate Danny Baker review in the NME as indie record of the week, the EP was stocked by Rough Trade and Small Wonder who made some mail order sales to collectors of the extremely obscure. The Toys started playing local gigs in the summer of 79 at St Albans Art College, the FE College, St Albans City Hall (at the bottom of the bill on a Waldo's night), the Pioneer club and Luton FE College. The Toys met at the St Albans School and formed out of bedroom / garage / youth club bands including The Bedworthies (Gez & Mick), Tepid Halibut (Pete & Simon) and The Pissed (Mick, Kevin & Simon). They fizzled out by the end of 1980 when the songwriters in the group started refusing to play each other's material and the possibility of a defined sound and style faded away.

79 Toys 'My Mind Wanders'  PROVISIONAL EMI  SRTS/79/CUS 345
80 Toys Still Dancing TOYS TOYS 2

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