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Despite two very strong singles, the Soldier Dolls remain one of the more internationally
obscure of the Welsh punk bands from the early Eighties, probably because they only
played outside of Wales once – and that was their final show! The Soldier Dolls formed in
1981(after a short period under the unfortunate moniker of Animation), and played their
first show in September of 1982 – a show they actually gatecrashed rather than were

invited to play at. This seemed something of a trademark for the band, seeing as decent
gigs were few and far between at the time.
“None of us could play a note… and I really mean that, we couldn’t even tune our guitars,”
laughs Fester, recalling those pre-Soldier Dolls endeavours. “We didn’t have a drum kit
and both myself and Evo wanted to be the drummer, so we had a pact… whoever got
their drums first would be the drummer and the other the singer! Thank god he got his kit
first (mine came a few months later), so I ended up singing; he’s a fantastic drummer.”
The original line-up of Andrew ‘Fester’ Mae – vocals, Dave ‘DKA’ Alderman – guitar,
‘Slow’ Bob Humphries – bass, and Dave ‘Evo’ Evans – drums, recorded two tapes, the
‘Ten Track Sampler’ and the ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ demos, and it was
apparent even from these earliest studio efforts that the Soldier Dolls had a lot of

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  • wretched-one

    I've got the original 2 singles. I need to pick up the newer stuff byt the sounds of it sounds f@ckin ACE!!!!

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    Not bad at all!

    12 Sep 2010 Reply

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