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Nellie The Elephant- The Toy Dolls (1984)

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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record silhouette art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single, Nellie The Elephant from 1984 by The Toy Dolls. Released on the Volume record label, this vinyl single has been reworked into a silhouette of a cartoon elephant similar to the elephant on the 7″ record sleeve.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Toy Dolls, punk rock, elephants or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Nellie The Elephant
Media Artist/s: The Toy Dolls
Record Label: Volume
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Punk Rock

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The Toy Dolls – The Artist

Toy Dolls are an English punk rock band formed in 1979. Departing from the angry lyrics and music often associated with punk rock, The Toy Dolls worked within the aesthetics of punk to express a sense of fun, with songs such as “Yul Brynner Was a Skinhead”, “My Girlfriend’s Dad’s a Vicar” and “James Bond Lives Down Our Street”. There is often alliteration in their song titles (e.g. “Peter Practice’s Practice Place”, “Fisticuffs in Frederick Street”, “Neville Is a Nerd”). They are probably best known however for their sole UK hit, a punk-rock cover of “Nellie the Elephant”. The Toy Dolls formed as a quartet featuring vocalist Pete “Zulu” Robson; guitarist Michael Algar, also known as Olga (born 1962, South Shields, England); drummer Colin “Mr. Scott” Scott; and bassist Phillip “Flip” Dugdale. After just a few gigs, Zulu left to form his own band and was replaced by Paul “Hud” Hudson on vocals for one concert. After Hud’s departure, the Toy Dolls became a trio, with guitarist Olga assuming permanent vocal duties.

Nellie The Elephant- The Song

Nellie The Elephant is a single by the English rock band, The Stranglers from 1977. On its release it was not an album track but later appeared on CD reissues of the album. It was however a double A-sided release in 1977, with the song Something Better Change. The intro includes a sample from the original 1956 release.

The original Nellie The Elephant is a children’s song written in 1956 by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart about a fictional anthropomorphic elephant of that name. The original version, released on Parlophone R 4219 in 1956, was recorded by English child actress Mandy Miller with an orchestra conducted by Phil Cardew. It was arranged by Ron Goodwin and produced by George Martin. Although never a hit single, it was played countless times on BBC national radio in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly on Children’s Favourites.

The Elephant – The Shape

Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae in the order Proboscidea. Three species are currently recognised: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. All elephants have several distinctive features, the most notable of which is a long trunk, used for many purposes, particularly breathing, lifting water, and grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which can serve as weapons and as tools for moving objects and digging. Elephants’ large ear flaps help to control their body temperature. Their pillar-like legs can carry their great weight. African elephants have larger ears and concave backs while Asian elephants have smaller ears and convex or level backs. Elephants are herbivorous and can be found in different habitats including savannahs, forests, deserts, and marshes. They prefer to stay near water. 

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
Artist Formation

Group / Band

Decade

80's

Gender

Male

Nationality

English

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