hey it's brad again(ha!),
that was very helpful because im looking for a new guitar (my last one
got smashed at a gig. go figure). anyway to my question, I've been looking
around for the solo to dig that groove baby. I learned the song fine
but the solo tabs online are wrong and i cant figure the solo out myself.
My band wants to cover it(we cover two or three of your songs at the
moment) but it's just not right without that solo.
Thanks a bunch!
Hi Brad again!
Sorry to hear about yer guitar smashing incident!
Isnt Dig that Groove baby on the guitar lessons bit of this site?
I think it is, but I may be wrong (getting’ too old!) anyway,
check it out if ya can, and good luck!
I am sooo looking forward to the new album :-) Can`t wait!
My question: I am going to Tokyo in October, and I know you have spent
a lot of time there. Do you have any favourite restaurants / parks /
clubs that you can recommend?
Also hope to see you in Norway again soon.
Best wishes, Ellen.
Tokyo in October!? Lucky you! Probably the best month of the year in
Japan I reckon.
You should get yerself to Inokashira Koen (park), a great park, and
loadsa nice bars/restaurants near by.
Most Izakaya pubs are great in my opinon, and theres millions o’
The Loft in Shinjuku is a great club, as is the Shelter in Shimokitazawa.
Will see ya back in Norway!
Hi Olga ... I•m Gustavo From Hell, live in Brazil. You see,
when you play, for an example, a G chord you put your thumb on the 6th
string where it makes a G note. My doubt is if this G note is to be
played or do you play Üthe cord Üstarting by Üthe D note
on the 5th string? Another question is what kind of strings do you use?Ü
I went to yours gigs in SÑo Paulo in Hangar 110 2005(with Lambrusco
Kidz) and 2006, and I hope I can see you live again, will never forget
Good question, I use my thumb for the bottom note, it is played yes!
I learnt to play with my thumb coz its easier for the jumps when I land!
Strings I use are Ernie Ball Regular Slinky.
The Hangar 110 were great gigs, I love it there, a bit hot mind ya!
See you back in Sao Paulo!
I used to work for Pinnacle Records and have fond memories of Nellie
etc..and that successful era for you. I loved the music. I am now a
sad old 41 year old, but my fathers day pressie from my 14 year old
was Treasured Tracks - and I am born again. It may or may not make you
happy to know that at least one boring looking sales rep in his Nissan
Primera, is actually yelling his head off to Poor Davey & Tommy
Keep it up.
And don't waste your time replying to me...just keep writing!
Mark L – Essex
Ha! Thank you for that! Glad you like the album!
Hi Olga, hope you and the guys are good, couple of questions for
ya, have you any plans for an instrumental on the new album and will
it be your version of a classic such as your previous Toccata, (Superb!),
Sabre Dance, (Wickedly Awesome!).?
Secondly, just got a mate of mine, (Vaark),into your excellent music
the first time he heard your stuff he was hooked!, (I've been into it
since the early days, yup an old Punk that won't go away! lol), and
both he and I are wanting to come to a UK Gig, any booked this year
and if so where?
Regards, Salutations and keep on Rockin guys
Not sure about an instrumental on the next album, but maybe!
And thank you! I like Toccata and Sabre Dance! Great not to hear my
No UK planned this year, but keep yer eyes peeled!
It’s great to hear you’re hard at work on the next album.
Can you please describe the basic process you follow when writing new
tunes? For example, I think I read someplace that you write all the
instrumental parts; do you play and record all the parts so the other
guys can learn them, or do you do charts, etc.? And what’s hardest,
coming up with the lyrics or the music?
Thanks! Looking forward to hearing the new stuff!
No rules for writing, sometimes the melody comes first, sometimes a
riff, sometimes a title or lyrics.
I write the parts, and use a drum machine for demos at home, then the
other guys learn them from that.
I reckon Lyrics are the most difficult for sure, good ones anyway!
Olga- I'm Mike Valentine, and I live in Los Angeles, CA. Some friends
of mine introduced me to your stuff when I was in high school, back
in 198something or other and I've loved it ever since! I now have a
2 1/2 year old daughter named Emma and I recently started playing one
of your best of discs for her in the car CD player. Now, whenever she
wants to hear "Dig That Groove, Baby" she asks for "Olga
Song!" She also quite enjoys "Florence is Deaf (but there's
no need to shout). I showed her a video of DTGB on youtube and, as one
might expect, she says you're silly. Anyway, thanks for being you. I
can't believe you're still at it! Anyway, I'm off to tryy to figure
out how to play DTGB on ukulele!
Let me know how you get on with the Ukelele!
Ha!, I cant believe I am still at it either!
Say Hey to Emma!
Hi! Im Roger from Sweden. I love the way you're playing guitar. I
got†my guitar signed by you at Augustibuller 2007 backstage!
I actually have 2 questions for you Olga;
1. What happend to your pink telecaster you used in the old videos like
dig that groove?
2. How big is your collection of sunglasses? How many?
Looking forward to the new album. I'm sure I won't get dissapointed.
Hi there Roger,
Thank you very much!
Yes, I remember your poor guitar! Augustibller was a blast for sure,
The red Telecaster was only around for a few months, it got smashed
Not as big as I want, I only have about 3 pairs knocking around at the
moment, though I have got through 10000s!
Hi I'm a fan of Toy Dolls since
1986 and my question is about your favourite amplifiers. What do you
prefer an 2203 or 2210 JCM 800 are differents or similar? In some gig
did not be able to play with your favourite amp what happened?
I think every amp is different to be honest, even the 2203s can vary!
I prefer a 2203 for sure, natural, and warmer.
99% of the time the correct amp is provided, if not then I am usually
depressed for a week after, but suffer it and rely on our soundman to
Not so much a question as a hallo
I was living with one of your roadies in 1984 in a house in North Tyneside,
it was just b4 you did Nellie . It all seems a long time ago now. Best
I still have the tape of the first album i bought from Volume Records
Actually it doesnt seem very long at all! I guess you mean Fat Bob?
Would love to contact him and have a beer, but lost contact with him
decades ago sadly.
A tape eh! Mm, guess it was a long time ago!
i'm singing in a punkband 'enhelrØvfuldfrank'Ü and were
really want to play 'bitten by a bedbug'
my guiatirst can play the tunes, he's a crazy motherfucker, he learnt
it by hearing...is it cool that we're playing this number?
We're hope so and cheers...
Best of luck with enhelrØvfuldfrank, its cool with me to play
Bitten by a bed bug! Best of luck with it! And well done to yer guitar
player for learning it!
I live in Japan. A name is "Masaharu". I am sorry to be poor
I love the yellow guitar which you have.
Did that yellow guitar paint with a color by oneself?
Or did a color change by progress of time?
I want to paint my guitar in a color same as you.
I wait for an answer.
You please do your best cheerfully, too
Ii eigo, taihen yokudekimashita ne!
My guitar was originally sunburst in colour, but I had it painted in
Newcastle, north east UK, by a professional painter around 1983.
I'm Lukas from Belgium, I'd like to have your guitar pick!
I really love the Toy Dolls, and I wonder if you guy's will ever come
to Belgium again!
I'd really love to see you! Please come here!
I don't actually use a guitar pick, its a crazy thing I made, taped
to me finger! I am sure we will come to Belgium again!
Hope to see ya there!
I just find two singles from Showbiz Kids band, featured with Olga.
I'd wanted to know if it was true that it was your first band before
Could You say to us about it a little more over this period?
I just listen to She goes to Finos Really nice in this version,ÜI
really like this Old Hot Style. I know your band since 85' and listen
to You again .
Thank You for all
The Showbiz Kids was my band before The Toy Dolls yes, though I had
a few bands even before then!
I was with the Showbiz Kids for a year or so, touring UK, sleeping in
The singer Rob, now sings with Dr Feelgood.
He sings Finos well, better than me anyway!
We are Alec and Maxim – 2 brothers form New York City. We are
huge Toy Dolls fans as is our dad who claims that he saw you guys at
the Ritz in ‘86 and CBGB’s in ’98. Well, it’s
our turn now – come to the States please !!!!!!!.
Here are a few possible inspirations for songs #7 and #8 –“Maxim’s
gone…to grandma’s house” and a next big hit - “Olga
Korbut stole my name” . Cheers !.
Cheers for that Alec & Maxim,
Your Dad would be correct, The Ritz 86 and CBGBS 98! Well remembered!
Really hope to get back there asap!
Hello there Olga !
I have 2 quick questions for ya ...
I recently got an amazing American Telecaster from the early 70's and
I play the same kinda music as you.... I know that you changed your
bridge pick up for a Seymour Duncan Alnico. But I wanted to know which
one you would suggest , I also was looking at the DiMarzio "hot
rails" I want something that will do all the right things to this
beast of a guitar and next question is what size of strings do you use
from ernie ball?
Jipetto from Canada
Hey there Jipetto
The pick up I have is a Seymour Duncan Alnico lead pick up, which retains
the typical Telecaster sound but with more sustain and drive. I guess
the Hot Rails pick up will be a lot thicker/heavier, but that's just
My Strings start with 10, regular slinky.
Hope that helps!?
As a long time fan i wondered if Barry Manilow will ever get recorded
properly ie studio version(i know its on the flipside vid),also how
about an interview album i would love to hear your voice..Lastly whatever
happened to your proposed heavy metal album did it get demoed? from
paul panic birmingham(great gig at the academy on your birthday!)
We really enjoyed the Birmingham show also, cheers!
Barry Manilow did get recorded, but never released! An interview album
is an interesting idea! Though my voice is nowt special, I can tell
Hi Olga !!!
When Toy Dolls will be in Moscow again??? I and my wife wait you. We
married one month ago, and - it”s really – the first song
which we hear after our wedding , was “My wife”s psychopath”
Toy Dolls foreva!!!
Keep checking the tour dates for Russian
shows! They will happen eventually!
I don't speak english very well, so, sorry if I write something wrong.
I'm a fan, and I'd love to an autograph from you.
Is that possible? I'd very happy if it was. I live so far away, and
I can't get it one in person.
Thank you so much.
We will be back in Brazil, can you wait till then!?
If not, send me another message with your address.
Olga! Hi there! Just wondering who sang the high vocals on the chorus
on Alfie From The Bronx??
Wow, A lad from Sunderland!
Me, Bonny Baz (now with the Stranglers) and Malcom Dick (now with Ritchie
Blackmore) done all those vocals ourselves on the chorus!
Greetz from Germany! I hope your song - writing is going well, you've
really got my best wishes!
Holy shit - as a musician I know that songwriting can drive you insane
- the hardest thing for a musician to do; I know my wife is the only
person who can understand me in times where I'm "fighting"
with songs for weeks (and we are a Cover - Band, that only recycle (rewrite/
new arrangement) songs!) - even the boys from my band don't know what's
the price to be a songwriter... So I really hope your writin' works
and you really got my best wishes from my "Metal heart"! ;-)
For me sometimes it brings new ideas to chance something, you know;
a new amp or playing somewhere else where the sound is different or
you listen to different guitar players and try to play their things
to get an idea.
I would be glad to know how far you are with the songs of your new album
- and if there are plans to get on tour again; hey is'nt it the Toy
Dolls 30th Birthday next year?! :-o !!!
'Til then I listen to your records and I watch your last Live - DVD;
this one's great - and it also remembers me to my sweet drooling Bloodhound
"Parker" sometimes!:-D Guess, you know why... ;-)
Hey, I've started toplay songs from the Toy Dolls on guitar - "Dig
that groove" and "Fisticuffs in Federick Street", 2 of
my favorites - really hard to play for a an' "Oldschool - Hardrocker"
like me... so fast Rhythm - Playing and your solos are from another
planet... but meanwhile it works. You crazy bastard! ;-) You're one
o'the best guitar players I know - why can't we find find Olga's Guitarriffs
and - licks in all the guitarbooks next to Angus Young, Jimi Hendrix,
Steve Morse, Gary Moore, Eddie Van Halen and Zakk Wylde?! A big compliment
to you - you're great!
If you wanna to visit my band online and listen to our songs: http://www.mophead.de/
I'm quite a bit like Yul Brunner - a man who's just taller than his
Here - http://boomp3.com/listen/178s57rwn_7/mophead-gamma-ray-finalversion
- you can listen to my newest Demo Song: "Gamma Ray" (originally
Birth Control) new arranged and performed by me alone, together with
my drumcomputer; we have not even begun to play the song with the band,
but we'll sure do very soon... That's my "guitarworld" - hope
you enjoy it... :-)
Hope to see you soon; I'll be in the front row for sure and I'll sing
Toy Dolls forever!!!
Cheers for all that!
Will check out your band also! Theres a loada punk guitar players who
should have guitar licks/riffs books, ie Derek from Peter & the
Test Tube babies being the number one!
Just starting song 6 on the album! Coming along nicely thank you!
Take care, see you next time around in Germany, yeah 30 years, my God!!
hope your well marra? Lifelong fan here from Wallsend/Bedlington here.
I mananged to miss last September Durham gig because of a family holiday,
are you intenteding to play any more uk gigs in the near future? (fingers
Yip, all well here thank you!
No gigs planned for UK just yet, sorry you missed the Durham show.
Keep checking the live dates!
sorry for my poor english...
I 'm a big fan of toy dolls and i find your site of internet today.I
listen your music since 15 years.
And i know today that you have a new album in 2004.
I live in France and it's difficult to find your album.
If you can tell me where i can find it
If you think that you will make a tour next year in France, tell me
because i want to see toydolls!!!!
good luck and thank you for your answer
M. BOYER Mickael
You can get the album from Secret records limited, or Captain Oi, put
them into your search engine, you should have no problem.
Let me know how you get on, hopefully a gig are two will happen in France
You say you are currently using a 1978 USA Telecaster is this the original
Telecaster you used back in the early days? Only the one from the early
videos used to be red and the one you have now is butterscotch if it
is the same guitar why did you have it re-sprayed and if it isn't the
same guitar why did you change? Also what amp do you use i can see its
a Marshall looks to me like an MKII or SLP i could be wrong. Do you
use any pedals in your set up? And have you used any other guitars aside
Yes that's right, a 1978 Telecaster.
I have used it for about 28 years, its bright yellow, rather than butterscotch.
Though I did have one more before this one, got a bit smashed up!
My guitar was sprayed in Newcastle, NE UK.
My amp is a Marshall JCM 100 2203 model.
No pedals, other than a tube screamer for feedback at the ends of songs.
I do use a Les Paul in the studio sometimes, but the Tekecaster remains
My name is Angus. I am seven and live in Brooklyn. I would like to meet
you because your music is funny and loud. I have a little brother Malcolm;
he’s two. My father is attaching a movie of us dancing to Absurd-Ditties.
My favorite song is My Wife’s A Psychopath. It is also my father’s
favorite. And Nellie the L-E-PHANT. That’s how you say it. How
do you play so fast?
Fantastic dance! Thank you for that!
Hope to meet you in Brooklyn at some point!
Hey Olga, my name is Ricardo i'm a big fan of Toy Dolls in Brazil
and i would like to know if the song They're coming to take me away
is really from The Toy Dolls. Can¥t wait to see you here in Brazil.
Theyre coming to take me away is not a Toy Dolls song, though I have
heard it, but we have never covered it!
Also cant wait to get back to Brazil!
See ya there!