TOY-BOX TRASHTASTIC FANTASTIC!


So you've heard
Aneela's solo work...


The Sailor Song
: Any songs about lots of seamen coming together is good by me! Toy-Box were far ahead of the rest of the world with this kitchy retro-macho disco anthem that recalls YMCA and In The Navy. Indeed, if you wanna "get-gay" put this song before Pet Shop Boys New York City Boy and Kylie's Your Disco Needs You and you'll feel very very very pink. Moreover, you'll also realise that that the return of that The Village People sound was first harnessed by Toy-Box & later lapped up by Kylie/Tennant/Lowe.


Prince Of Arabia: One of the best songs to come out of Denmark! Another example of Toy-Box pre-empting future sounds of mainstream pop...This song was a year before its time. Released on the Toy Ride album, it hinted at the 2002 amalgamation of Western pop music and middle-eastern pop/Bollywood only realised in the UK charts with Holly Valances' Kiss Kiss. Toy-Box were a year ahead of the game.

Superstar: Think Girls Aloud Models crossed with Aqua! Once you get over the baby-like melodies you'll fall for the bitchy lyrics.

Super-Duper-Man!: Okay...this has the cutest lyrics. "Can I Touch your tingaling..???...You make Superman go SUPER-SWING!". HOOOOWWW RUDE!

Finally: If you miss Steps you'll adore Finally! If you also like Aqua you'll adore Finally! If you like your Spice Girls ala Spice Up Your Life you'll adore Finally!

Dum-Diggy-Dum!: From their second album Toy Ride released in 2001

Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Mo: Retraces early house music. The first verse starts off somewhere over the rainbow...

The Wizard Of Oz: Are you a friend of Dorothy....??? Make a wish and you will be...swiftly taken to a Magaluf circa 1997. Puts the fantastic in trashtastic!

Earth, Wind, Water & Fire: Okay this sounds more like a trashier version of Steps Deeper Shade Of Blue if you can dare to dream of such a thing! I like this one a lot...and I feel i should be ashamed of such a preference, really ashamed!


This is Danish pop madness at its best! Most know of Toy-Box because they had smash hits called Tarzan & Jane and Super Star but I prefer their other stuff which until now...has rarely been appreciated! They've often been completely overshadowed by their label mates: Aqua which is totally understandable seeing as Lene & Co raised the GDP of Denmark while the foursome ruled the world charts.

With killer lyrics and wonderful melodies, people I give you Toy-Box! Far better than Aqua+Daze(other more well-known Danish acts...)

ELLA's EDIT: While Aqua are THE Danish pop band of all timem, Toy-Box did Aqua did better than Aqua themselves. For this reason alone we love em!

Words: Aqua, Europop, Aneela, Daze, Eurovision...




11 comments:

Alexander said...

You can't be serious? Toy-Box being better than Aqua?! Toy-Box were such Aqua-wannabes, but unlike Aqua they had no sense of humour nor good melodies.

Daze were okay. At least they had 3-4 decent songs. But like the title, Toy-Box were trash!

Robpop said...

Are you mad! The lyrics are sooooo funny! I don't think i said they were better...just more ironic than Aqua. Plus Aneela's vocals were not so grating.

Robpop said...

Oooh I did say they were better(I just re-read it..) well I think Toy-Box were funnier/cuter. As does this guy http://www.villagevoice.com/music/9934,saunders,7840,22.html

at the Village Voice(an american newspaper)

Alexander said...

Americans know nothing about music, do they!

POPtastic (Jessica) said...

I came upon ToyBox while searching for Aqua videos. I haven't heard anything from them besides seeing Tarzan & Jane on Youtube. Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Mo is pretty good. The beginning of Dum-Diggy-Dum! is quite annoying but great shares.

Ella Thorvaldsen said...

Alex! A lot of Swedish music is deeply influenced by American bands!

RĂ¥nny said...

i find this music rather annoying...but I am still giving them a shot. LOL. I enjoyed Aqua when I was a kid, though!

Ella Thorvaldsen said...

Lol! Ranny...Toy-Box are the worst Danskpop will ever get! But they do need airing! However acts lined up next are far more classier!

Robpop said...

Okay...Ella/Ranny/Alex are right to an extent...I love Toy-Box! After so many acts we've yet to get through I've come to realise that the Danish really have produced lots of good-as well as trashy-pop music!

Robpop said...
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Robpop said...

In fact we've got some quality Danish acts coming up!