Toy - Suspicion

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Toy - Suspicion (Video)

Music video for 'Suspicion' performed by Belgian band Toy (From Bel 80 - 1980)

Belgian group playing "civilized rock music", with a career spanning the seventies to the nineties. The group got together in the early seventies when Theo Van Hemelrijk & Harry Woods (a Belfast-born musician) in Sint-Amands. These two form the backbone of the band, the musicians surrounding them have been changing very regularly (initially : Renaat Boeykens on bass & Paul Illegems on drums).With drummer Marc Bonne, the band recorded a second album very soon afterwards, in a production by the German Jürgen Krämer, in a German studio. When the album was almost finished, they realized that there was a cherry on the cake missing, so they hired producer Alan O'Duffy (a technician for Paul McCartney ...) for the song "Suspicion". The song became a "hit", measured with the standards of a Belgian rock-band of those days, with a venture into the hitparade and television. To this day, "Suspicion" remains one of the true classics of Belgian music in the eighties, and probably the closest the belpop-generation came to a pure-pop single. Strangely enough, this single did not make it abroad.

The album that follows (ominously called The Split) was released in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Switzerland, New-Zealand, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. According to the bio : "There was much more contrast in the music by incorporating synths (with Werner Pensaert, who would become a regular member soon afterwards). The point that was perhaps most unique was the vocals : two singers with a totally different sound and timbre made Toy stand out. With this album it was proven that a Flemish group was capable of putting together a balanced album that was up to international standards".

However "The Split" didn't become a landmark album : "Too much cut- and paste technique by Harry Woods and Theo Van Hemelryk, and not enough strong melodies." was the verdict by Oor. "I think we suffered from the "Big Disappointment" among the media people" said singer Harry Woods later "Everyone was expecting a bit too much. When the "Big Breakthrough" didn't happen, everybody was disappointed."
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