Jane Walker

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Toy Love on Toy Love - Rip It Up Extra


Jane Walker Collection


Jane Walker - in Toy Love performing at XS Cafe, Auckland
Toy Love were Paul Kean (Bass), Mike Dooley (Drums), Jane Walker (Keyboards), Chris Knox (Vocals) and Alec Bathgate (Guitar) - inducted into NZMHOF 2012

Jane Walker was born in the UK in 1957.  She started off circa 1976 in The Detroit Hemroids (a group also known as Basket Cases, The Pitts and Krazy Katts).  Although mostly into drumming, she realised that she harboured a great affection for the piano (which she had studied earlier).  Toy Love emerged, producing a major whirlwind for nearly two years, subsequent to which Jane remained involved in music in New Zealand and the UK, but not especially overtly.  She returned to Christchurch with Paul Kean in 1981, playing in Thanks to Llamas with him and Robert Scott, and doing a lot of sound engineering especially with the advent of the Dunedin scene.  She spent the mid 1980s in Wellington, playing with Naked Spots Dance and The Jellymen.  She began playing bass, and was part of a group called Uranium Orchids.  With two of the band, she moved to London in 1987 and the group gradually morphed into what became Static - delivering "nasty industrial weirdness", and their 12inch single Enter became Single of the Week in Melody Maker a significant achievement for those days.  


Detroit Hemroids

Jane - Detroit Hemroids

Basket Cases


Toy Love

Jane - Detroit Hemroids

Rocks Off


Moving to London and remaining there for 25 years, Jane worked in graphic design, including a long stint at the multi-media company Vinyl Solution, whose record label had signed Static.  She continued to play music as time permitted, including a return to good old rock 'n' roll organ with London psych/garage band The Purple Gang.


Toy Love
The Album from 1980

Jane Walker behind the lens
Graphic Designer and Photographer

Stitched Up
The Songs of Toy Love Revisited  2011


Jane returned to New Zealand in 2013, shortly after Toy Love — following the hearty reaction to its reissue programme — received the Legacy Award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.  She kept a low profile musically but reconnected with old friends from previous scenes and eras. She naturally remained extremely proud of Toy Love, which she said was always — and remained — a cooperative.  After a battle with cancer, Jane Walker passed away on 11 October 2018, in Auckland.


Jane Walker on Radio With Pictures

Jane Walker in Sydney circa 1980

Jane Walker on Radio With Pictures



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