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Synth Pop Art
LP + 7"

VOD 138-10LP VOD 138-10LP

The Toy Shop was initially a minimal synthpop-based solo project for Leeds-based vocalist, keyboardist, and guitarist Paul Klein. He released the single The Maze in 1981 before moving to Sheffield and teaming up with Oldham-born keyboardist Philip Walsh in 1982. Their first gig together was in the Star/Webster's inaugural Battle of the Bands competition in May of that year; they went on to win the competition and courted attention from major record labels for a while afterward. The guys played a handful of gigs including supporting slots for Dead or Alive, A Flock of Seagulls, Nico, and Dr. Feelgood. After signing to Towerbell Records, they recorded four songs but only two were ever released, as the Attack Decade 7" in 1984. After Towerbell decided not to renew their contract, Klein and Walsh drifted apart, and Klein began to record solo again. He released the Give Me Lip-Lock I Love You single in 1986 before moving on to other projects. At the time of this release, Klein lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he records material for his Psykik Volts project and hopes to work on more Toy Shop songs in the future. Walsh is believed to be living in Sofia, Bulgaria, where his musical exploits are unknown. This LP (with 7") collects tracks from the group's singles and other sources, including both Klein's solo work and the duo tracks.