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TOY MATINEE

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TOY MATINEE was a short-lived American art-pop band, and also the title of their only album. Their sound was an array of mixed influences, including progressive rock, AOR and pop reminiscent of both the BEATLES and the BEACH BOYS.

TOY MATINEE was formed by producer/composer/keyboardist Patrick Leonard in collaboration with singer/lyricist Kevin Gilbert. Backed by a group of session musicians (drummer Brian MacLeod, guitarist Tim Pierce, and bassist Guy Pratt), and with guest appearances from several other musicians including Julian Lennon, the duo recorded just one self-titled album which was released on Reprise Records in 1990.

The album was engineered and produced by Bill Bottrell. Thematically, it covered a rather broad ground; two tracks were dedicated to Czech poet and political figure VŠclav Havel and painter Salvador DalŪ, and "Queen of Misery" is about Madonna (Leonard was the singer's longtime songwriting and producing partner and Gilbert had recently worked with her as an engineer.) Two of the other songs on TOY MATINEE -- "The Ballad of Jenny Ledge" and "Last Plane Out" -- received wide play on album rock stations, both of them peaking at #23 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Despite that, the album's highest U.S. chart position was #129.

After the album was released, Leonard apparently lost interest in the group and Gilbert was left to promote the album on his own. He assembled a promotional band for the album which featured Gilbert's then girlfriend, Sheryl Crow, on keyboards and Marc Bonilla on guitar and engaged in a fury of on-air promotions, including most notably frequent appearances on the Mark & Brian show on Los Angeles-area station KLOS.

Gilbert went on to do additional work with Bottrell including Sheryl Crow's debut album as well as his own solo projects. In 1994, Leonard and former MR. MISTER frontman Richard Page released the album Meanwhile as "Third Matinee." Gilbert's untimely death in 1996 ended any possibility of a second TOY MATINEE album.

In 2001 a special addition of the TOY MATINEE album was remastered and re-issued with 5 additional tracks.




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4.28 | 16 ratings

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4 stars There's nothing quite like well crafted music, and here we have it in spades with Toy Matinee. The duo of Kevin Gilbert and Patrick Leonard became for a brief time, an American version of XTC. They struck a retro pose, but presented it with nineties panache and wit. This record is nothing less than an enjoyable listen, a cleverly written and definitely more sophisticated take on popular music beyond what most artists usually attempt. The sad truth though, is that this is all that ever came out of this group. Kevin Gilbert went on to further his own ideas with Thud, and the legendary Shaming Of The True ( with Nick DiVirgilio ), but there was something special built into the collaboration that was Toy Matinee. Had it been commercially successful, it is very possible that they would have continued and become a household name of sorts. Unfortunately it was not to be, and with the tragic passing of Kevin Gilbert in 1996 there would be no opportunity for any reunion. Let me just say that this album remains a treasure, and I'm just grateful to have these 48 minutes of Toy Matinee !
Thanks to TheProgtologist for the artist addition.

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