Archive for April, 2014

The Lady: First Impressions: Toyah Willcox

April 28th, 2014

thelady14a‘My motto is – never look back’

Toyah Willcox …is an English singer. She has had 13 Top 40 singles, including It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, and has released 20 albums. She is also an actress and has written a number of books. Toyah and her husband divide their time between London and Worcestershire.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am on tour all year with my band, Toyah. I am also touring an acoustic show with my American band, The Humans. I have three movies to shoot this year – in the first there’s no dialogue as we all ‘speak’ like apes… it will make sense in the end.

When were you at your happiest?
Why ‘were’? I am happy now. Happiness is an art form. I find it challenging at times but the past is gone. My motto is never look back – but my 40s were fantastic.

What is your greatest fear?
In the last five years I have lost my parents and the pain is overbearing. My great fear is losing my husband and our friends. I can’t imagine being happy without my hubby.

• Continue reading at The Lady.

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Gloucestershire Echo: Toyah To Headline Lechlade Music Festival

April 28th, 2014

gloucecho14aThree iconic bands from the 1980s will headline next month’s Lechlade Music Festival, it has been announced.

Punk princess Toyah Willcox receives top billing on Friday May 23 while Dr and the Medics and The Blow Monkeys will be joint headliners on Sunday May 25.

The three day family-friendly festival takes place at Riverside Country Park in Lechlade over the bank holiday weekend, with camping from Friday to Monday.

The line-up features more than 80 bands which will perform on three stages.

• Continue reading at the Gloucestershire Echo.

Toyah on TV: The Janice Long Review Show

April 24th, 2014

jlrs13aThe Janice Long Review Show, the first (of two), featuring Toyah as a guest is repeated next month on ‘Vintage TV’. This originally aired in July 2012.

The Janice Long Review Show: Vintage TV
Wednesday 7th May: 10.30pm
Earth, Wind and Fire and Seal. Prolific producer Trevor Horn, punk princess Toyah Willcox and music journalist Paul Sexton head to Boogie Wonderland to chat disco classic ‘I Am’ and UK No 1 ‘Seal II’, home to hit ‘Kiss From A Rose’.

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Lancashire Telegraph: No Mystery That Toyah Willcox Still Rocks

April 22nd, 2014

lanctel14aThe recent Chorley Guardian interview with Toyah has been slightly rejigged and published today by the Lancashire Telegraph.

No mystery that Toyah Willcox still rocks

Toyah Willcox has never been afraid to speak her mind, and, now she’s a 50-something, the former high priestess of punk doesn’t show any signs of putting the brakes on.

Toyah burst on to the pop scene with smash hits It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, and since then she’s also enjoyed a successful career as a singer, presenter and an actress, appearing in several films, stage plays and in numerous television dramas.

• Continue reading at the Lancashire Telegraph.

Toyah on TV: TOTP: The Story Of 1976

April 22nd, 2014

Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976: Yesterday: Sunday 27th April: 11.30pm
Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976: Yesterday: Monday 28th April: 1.25am/9.30pm
Documentary examining how the BBC’s flagship pop show reflected changes in British music and culture during 1976. As the popularity of glam rock faded, no dominant musical scene emerged to replace it, leading to chart success for bands including Abba, Showaddywaddy, the Brotherhood of Man and the Wurzels – while outside the mainstream, punk rock was rapidly growing in popularity. Featuring contributions by Tony Blackburn, Paul Morley, Toyah Willcox and David Hamilton.

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Canal & River Trust: Crick Boat Show

April 20th, 2014

crick14dCrick Boat Show needs no introduction. It is a hallmark of the waterways events calendar at the heart of the waterway network. Every year crowds of boaters, boats and lovers of the great outdoors flock to Crick in Northamptonshire for the renowned Crick Boat Show.

Pop icon, TV presenter and actress Toyah Willcox will headline this year’s Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival entertainment programme. Toyah will be performing her ‘Acoustic, Up Close & Personal’ set at Crick as part of the show’s Saturday evening entertainment programme. Her gig will include renditions of her best loved hit singles, alongside stories from her colourful 35-year career.

• Continue reading at Canal & River Trust. Browse all of Dreamscape’s Toyah at Crick Boat Show news.

Classic Toyah: Adam & Toyah Poster

April 20th, 2014

The poster/advert for the release of Nine to Five by Adam & Toyah (aka Maneaters) in 1982. Both objected to this “cash-in” release at the time but it’s an interesting item of memorabilia all the same, bringing together two of the 80s most interesting and colourful icons. (Thanks to Andy)


Toyah on TV: Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee

April 20th, 2014

Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee: Comedy Central Extra: Wednesday 14th May: 3.25am
Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee: Comedy Central Extra: Sunday 18th May: 3.55am
Olivia Lee stars in this hidden camera sketch show. Deaf Bubba makes a mess of things at the marina, Door Bitch takes a punt and Elaine Caine meets Toyah Willcox.

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Chorley Guardian: Life Begins At 50 – For Toyah

April 19th, 2014

chorleyguardian14aShe’s 55 but already this year she’s high dived in Splash and made her point on Pointless – now she’s back on the road – as Tony Dewhurst discovers

Toyah Willcox has never been afraid to speak her mind, and, now she’s a 50-something, the former high priestess of punk doesn’t show any signs of putting the brakes on.

Toyah burst on to the pop scene with smash hits It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, and since then she’s also enjoyed a successful career as a singer, presenter and an actress, appearing in several films, stage plays and in numerous television dramas.

“The punk revolution changed my life, but I’m as busy now as I ever was,” said Toyah, who brings her colourful greatest hits stage show to Clitheroe tonight.

“Slow down? Not a chance. “I love performing and I’m chocka with commitments.

• Continue reading at the Chorley Guardian.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

April 18th, 2014

newquay14aNew Quay Music Festival 2014: The festival, taking place at the beginning of August, has recently updated its website with more artists and bands. Both Toyah and Hazel O’Connor are playing on Saturday 2nd August – which sounds like a fine line-up to me – Visit the site…

Toyah Live 2014: View all of Toyah’s confirmed live dates for 2014 at The Official Gigs page.

Hit Fix: 11 Fun Facts About U2, Duran Duran And Tears For Fears From ‘Mad World’: Toyah is namechecked (by Limahl) in this article on the new book “Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s.”… “I’d go out to nightclubs in London with a spaceman’s outfit on and weird oil paint over my face, which was a bit punk/Toyah/Adam and the Ants,” says lead singer, Limahl – Continue reading…

Concert News Online: SohoCreate: 50 of the country’s top creatives gather in Soho to make the case for creativity. SohoCreate features some of Britain’s best creatives discussing their art, inspiration and story so far. Creative people talking about what they do and why they do it – Continue reading…

The Humans US: Toyah and The Humans American adventure is over, for now. She tweeted yesterday: “Portland was AMAZING! Totally won audience over. Even got a round 4 Psychopath vocal……just fab“.

Take The Leap!: Bid on a black long sleeved t-shirt, size large. It has Take The Leap printed down the left sleeve. The shirt was bought at a 1993 Toyah concert at Lincoln Theatre Royal. It is in excellent condition. All proceeds from this auction will be going towards a Three Peaks mountaineering, charity challenge for The Myton Hospices – View/bid here…

The Portland Mercury: The Many Moods of Bill Rieflin

April 17th, 2014

portmerc14aFripp, Buck, and Others Make Slow Music

Viewed through a wide-angle lens, the line that runs through Bill Rieflin’s projects seems to follow the trend of many musicians who came out of the punk era. There’s the furious, angst-driven beginning that coasts steadily downward into calmer, more middle-of-the-road fare.

In the case of Rieflin, the 53-year-old musician made a name for himself in the late ’80s when he joined forces with industrial-rock carpet bombers Ministry and Revolting Cocks, while also helping form the equally brutal collective Pigface. So his moving into the world of straightforward rock like the Minus 5 and R.E.M. (he was their drummer from 2003 until the band split up in 2011) might seem like he’s gone soft in his later years.

• Continue reading at The Portland Mercury.

The Humans: Newsy Bits & Pieces!

April 16th, 2014

humans14q• Toyah tweeted post-first gig: “20:30 Seattle time 14/4/14: THE HUMANS have just come off stage! AWESOME! Full house, great audience and we rocked“.

• Toyah instagrammed a photo of The Humans soundchecking for their second gig at The Triple Door in Seattle yesterday.

• View more soundcheck photos from Seattle at the Official Toyah Facebook…

• View the (unconfirmed) set list at the Sugar Rush Facebook page…

• The Humans third gig of the week is tonight at Doug Fir Lounge, Portland…

The Stranger: 7 Remarkable Robert Fripp Moments (Not With King Crimson): Robert Fripp is performing tonight with Slow Music at the Triple Door (he’s also playing at Washington Hall May 25 with the League of Crafty Guitarists). In honor of this occasion, here are seven of his most memorable moments on record, as recollected by me in the last couple of hours – Continue reading…

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Toyah on TV: The Corn Is Green

April 16th, 2014

The Corn is Green: True Movies 2: Wednesday 30th April: 5.00am
Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn stars as a schoolteacher determined to help the people of a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining town. With Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Anna Massey, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips, Toyah Willcox, Huw Richards, Bryn Fon, Dyfan Roberts and Robin John. Directed by: George Cukor (1979).

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Toyah/The Humans Newsy Bits & Pieces!

April 14th, 2014

humans14jThe Humans in America #1: The Humans’ first West Coast USA live date is tonight!! At the Triple Door Club, Seattle – Wishing the band a great, sold out, gig!

The Humans in America #2: Toyah has been tweeting over the last few days about The Humans: “THE HUMANS r sounding awesome….really excited as TRIPLE DOOR is a sell out“… “THE HUMANS are sounding fab. it’s a five piece presently….sax added“… “I love THE HUMANS so much! STRANGE TALES material is rocking“.

Willamette Week: Slow Music, the Humans: It’s In The Name – Over four-plus decades, visionary prog-rock legend Robert Fripp has founded and maintained King Crimson, performed in other ensembles like the League of Crafty Guitarists and appeared on literally hundreds of releases, including celebrated albums with Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, David Sylvian and many others – Continue reading…

Seattle KEXP 90.3FM: Track #7 was included in Larry Mizell Jr’s show playlist: The Slow Music Project is directed by Bill Rieflin and features Peter Buck, Fred Chalenor, Matt Chamberlain, and Robert Fripp. You can catch them at the Triple Door on April 14 and 15 – View here…

Official Toyah: Toyah Joins Rock Choir This July…: Toyah will be joining Caroline Redman Lusher and 1,000 Midlands Rock Choir members for a very special performance this July at Birmingham Symphony Hall which include a new song written by Toyah, Simon Darlow and Caroline – Continue reading…

Chester Chronicle: Spend this summer travelling back to the Eighties: Rewind The 80s Music Festival cwill take place in the beautiful surroundings of Capethorne Hall, situated between Maccesfield and Wilmslow, on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 31 – Continue reading…

Somer Valley 97.5FM: Read a full transcript of Toyah’s recent interview at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive…

Rainbow Hair Colour: Pink Hair – It’s A Love Affair: In the past the music industry has had it’s share of pink haired divas, Cyndi Lauper and Toyah Willcox are some of the earliest… 1980′s Toyah Willcox trend-setter with her paintbox pink locks – Continue reading…

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The Stranger: Slow Music, The Humans

April 14th, 2014

stranger14aHoly shit, Robert Fripp’s going to be playing two dates in Seattle! But don’t expect selections from Evening Star or Exposure or a medley of greatest non-hits by King Crimson (who are reunited, by the way). The British guitar innovator’s here as part of the ensemble Slow Music, an odd conglomeration of rock vets including R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, percussionist Bill Rieflin (Swans, R.E.M.), drummer Matt Chamberlain (Critters Buggin, Pearl Jam), and bassist Fred Chalenor (Hughscore). As Slow Music, they create a kind of intimate ambient sound that hints at ECM-ish chamber jazz abstraction. It’s super-refined and minimal, demanding utmost focus to appreciate the minute, elegant contours and subtle gestures.

• Continue reading at The Stranger.

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