A Stranglers show in Birmingham in 1977 proved to be the catalyst for The Cravats to form. In July 1978 they self-released their debut 7” Gordon. Small Wonder liked the single so much that they picked up the remaining copies and booked the band into the studio with producer Bob Sargeant; the result was the Burning Bridges single followed soon after by another single Precinct. For one week in 1980 the band relocated to Torquay, recording The Cravats In Toytown album on an 8-track in a hotel basement. Released by Small Wonder in October that year, the album gained healthy reviews and made it into the Top 20 in the independent charts. May 1981 saw another single You’re Driving Me released on Small Wonder. For their next single Rub Me Out released May 1981, the band teamed up with Penny Rimbaud from Crass who managed to capture their darker side. November 1981 saw the release of the single Off The Beach, their last collaboration with Small Wonder, just prior to the label’s demise.
Despite their collectability, these Small Wonder remained un-reissued, until the recent discovery of the original master tapes. Aware of this breakthrough Penny Rimbaud procured the tapes to The Cravats In Toytown and in his own unique, eccentric style re-interpreted and remixed the album, re-titling it Alice’s Adventures In Toytown.
This double CD set compiles all the original Small Wonder recordings remastered - the In Toytown album and all four singles (including B Sides), plus a bonus disc of Penny’s masterpiece.