In the mid-90's every town had a single teenager who only ever wore a 60ft. Dolls T-shirt. They were one of several Welsh bands who, following the success of Manic Street Preachers, began to clamour for their own space in the music press and record shops of Britain. Whilst never as popular as their contemporaries such as Stereophonics and The Super Furry Animals, the Dolls had a devoted, and T-shirted, fanbase.The band formed in the mostly working class city of Newport in Wales. Richard Parfitt (vocals/ guitar) and Mike Cole (bass) met whilst signing on and discovered a shared interest in Motown and classic British rock bands such as The Jam, The Clash and The Who. Six months later, in 1993, they were joined by drummer Carl Bevan.
Having built up a reputation for rowdy and energetic performances around Wales, they were signed to Indolent Records and released their first single 'Happy Shopper' in 1994. Singles 'Pig Valentine' and Stay' followed and in 1995 they joined the NME Brat Bus tour alongside Veruca Salt and Marion. Album 'The Big Three' was released in 1996 and its follow-up 'Joya Magica' appeared in 1998. The band split in 1999 after being dropped by Indolent.