If you want a band that summed up Coventry’s musical reinvention of the 80’s, then Gods Toys were it. Loud, proud and oh so original. All The Born Losers and Everybody’s Got A Mother, were the bands two changeling singles. Dill and the boys should have been huge, but despite great reviews in the national music press, they sadly never fulfilled their initial promise. Chris Dickie once shared a flat with Specials mainman Jerry Dammers. Chris became an engineer and has worked with the likes of Depeche Mode, The Pogues and Morrissey. He now lives in Australia.
“We got together when Chris Dickie and I met Nick through Jerome Heisler (The End)”, Dill explains, “and I recruited Larry from college and finally John Hobley joined us on drums three gigs into our creation, that was all back in 1978 and the Lord said let there be weirdness and so it came to pass”. “Our first gig was Battle of the Bands at Warwick University, but we unfairly came 2nd in the final- (X certs Payola scam) ha ha…! We supported The Specials on our third gig organised through Horace Panter …a judge for the previous competition”.