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The South Tonight - Toy Love

Television (Excerpts) – 1980

Kiwi music legends Toy Love are credited with leading the NZ post-punk sound, delivering a sonic flare from 1979 that scaled charts and smashed Sweetwaters watermelons, before the love ended on a late 1980 NZ tour. In this February 1980 interview for regional show The South Tonight, the band is seen in their Dunedin hometown, preparing for a show at The Captain Cook Tavern. Reporter Keith Tannock asks Chris Knox what he’s rebelling against as the singer chugs a double-barrelled ciggie, and casts shade on boring pub rock music. The band would shortly depart for a stint in Sydney.

Yeah, the sort of music that was being perpetrated in our public bar system, including this — The Cook (Tavern)...
– Chris Knox, on what he's rebelling against

Key Cast & Crew

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Chris Knox

Subject

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Keith Tannock

Reporter

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A Toy Love single from the same era

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Radio with Pictures - South Island Music

More of The Captain Cook Tavern

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Radio with Pictures - Dunedin 1982

A 1982 report on Dunedin music

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Making Music - Chris Knox

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Death and the Maiden

More Dunedin sounds

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Radio with Pictures - Sweetwaters

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Radio with Pictures - Auckland 1982

Chris Knox further north in 1982

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New Artland - Reuben Paterson (Series Two, Episode 12)

Chris Knox hosts this art series

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The first video and single from Toy Love

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Sheep

The second single from Toy Love