NZ On Screen's sister site AudioCulture describes Toy Love as one of the most important — and mythologised — NZ bands to emerge in the aftermath of punk. Fronted by the legendary Chris Knox, the band enjoyed a short but vibrant existence from 1978 to 1980, after evolving from Dunedin punk outfit The Enemy. Playing nearly 500 gigs both here and in Australia in the 18 months they were together, Toy Love proved a powerful live draw, their cocktail of punk/new wave/pop spiked with a wallop of raw energy. Compilation CD Cuts (2005) collects all of the band's released recordings and demos.
This Joe Wylie animation is a veritable treat: the melodramatic grotesqueries, bright colours, surgery porn and animated tomato sauce all contribute to produce one of New Zealand's first iconic music videos. The band apparently kept their breakup a secret until Wylie finished work for the clip, so he could get paid! The Auckland-produced video was the second made for 'Bride of Frankenstein'. The first was shot in Sydney, and in B movie style featured band members as surgeons who construct a bride (played by Toy Love keyboardist Jane Walker).