Yorkshire Times: In Conversation with Toyah

February 15th, 2024

A new interview with Toyah, from the Yorkshire Times, ahead of the Sounds Of The 80s gigs later this month.

BBC Radio 2 presenter Gary Davies has announced a nationwide 2024 tour for the live version of his show Sounds of the 80s, which will include an appearance from Toyah.

Ahead of the tour, Toyah spoke to the Yorkshire Times.

What can people expect when they come to the Sounds of the 80s show?

Anyone who attends one of the evenings will find an atmosphere where the audience can be themselves dancing and singing to their favourite tracks from a classic period in pop music. There was such a broad spectrum of music at the time from artists like Bananarama, Prince, and T’Pau, among others, including myself.

I think what will work beautifully is that the stage will be constantly active. Gary will be on there plus the dancers, and a stage set that is Gary’s Radio 2 studio and there will also be live performances from myself and other artists such as Carol Decker from T’Pau and Denise Pearson from 5 Star.

Why do you think the 1980s were such a golden period for popular music?

It was all very hedonistic, none of us thought beyond the 80s. It was difficult in the 90s to sell music from the previous decade, but that all changed with the Millennium. People wanted to hear all those iconic songs again. Part of the success of those tracks is the narrative of the songs; we really were traditional song writers then, writing about people’s attitudes and what they needed in their lives.

So, Toyah, tell us about your best 80s memories.

There were many good memories appearing on Top of the Pops. One of the happiest memories is the magnitude of what we did. For instance, on Christmas Eve in 1981, I played the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which went out live on television, bringing in twelve million viewers, which at the time was phenomenal.

• Continue reading at the Yorkshire Times. Further information and ticket links available at toyahwillcox.com.

Rest In Peace: Steve Wright

February 15th, 2024

“Thank You Steve Wright for being the kindest, brilliant, incredibly entertaining legend in radio. You always welcomed me in and I love you for that. Heaven has gained an Angel xxx”

Toyah shared the above message and a photo taken at The British Rock & Pop Awards on 8th February 1982 at the London Lyceum, in memory of Steve Wright, who died this week.

This was sad news, I grew up in the eighties and remember listening to Steve Wright In The Afternoon on Radio 1. (Photo © Barry Plummer)

Mirror: Toyah Willcox Reveals Key To 38-Year Marriage

February 15th, 2024

Exclusive: Toyah Willcox reveals key to 38-year marriage and why she’s happy being child-free

Punk singer and actress Toyah Willcox has shared they key to her near four decade long marriage to rock musician Robert Fripp and their decision to not have children

Toyah Willcox has given a rare insight into her marriage of 38 years with rock guitarist Robert Fripp.

The punk singer, 65, married Robert, who has worked with the likes of David Bowie and Brian Eno, in 1986. They have gone on to work together as well as creating their viral Sunday Lunch series, which they now tour. Toyah and Robert, 77, film themselves every week performing covers of huge hits including Slipknot’s Psychosocial, Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell and Foo Fighters’ All My Life.

In an exclusive chat with The Mirror, Robert and Toyah have shared the secret to their successful marriage of almost four decades. Sharing what it is like touring together, Toyah said: “It’s exactly the same as being married for 38 years, it’s good. We both come from very different genres.” Robert added: “But we complement each other well, I have a wonderful time being out working with my wife, may I say, even having greater fun than when we were at home together.”

• Continue reading at The Mirror. See also Gold Radio.

Toyah On TV: 90s Greatest Pop Hits

February 15th, 2024

90s Greatest Pop Hits: Channel 5: Tuesday 20th February: 3am
1990. Series 1, episode 1. A selection of the 1990s most memorable videos, telling the stories behind them and hearing from artists, directors, choreographers and critics, beginning with 1990. Kate Pierson of the B-52’s reminisces about filming Love Shack and Betty Boo talks about Doin’ the Do, while members of En Vogue, EMF and Beats International look back at their own visual treats. Timmy Mallett recalls the experience of filming for Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and Go West reflect on their video exploits, while Cliff Richard, Toyah Willcox, Paul Gambaccini, David Grant, Katie Puckrik and Nina Myskow look back on the year.

Mirror: Toyah Willcox’s Baby Shock

February 15th, 2024

Exclusive: Toyah Willcox’s baby shock as child conceived at her show and parents’ surprising gesture

Punk singer Toyah Willcox has shared her shock after finding out a couple conceived at one of her gigs as the parents made a surprising gesture nine months later

Toyah Willcox was shocked to find out a baby was conceived at her show

Toyah Willcox has revealed a baby was conceived at her gig – and she found out nine months later after the couple made a surprise gesture.

The legendary punk rocker is one of the biggest stars from the 1980s, with huge hits including It’s A Mystery and I Want to Be Free. She went on to have 30 albums, 25 feature films and countless theatre and TV presenting roles. In an exclusive chat with The Mirror alongisde husband Robert Fripp, Toyah shared her most memorable moment from her impressive singing career.

She said: “We both experienced very strange but legendary things. When I played Hammersmith Apollo in 1982, which we recorded live for an album called Warrior Rock, a child was conceived on the back row. Nine months later there was another Toyah in the world. She was actually named Toyah.”

• Continue reading at The Mirror.

Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: Sat Song/UM/Sunday Lunch

February 15th, 2024

Saturday Morning Song: Good Morning Universe (Unplugged)Watch… • Toyah & Robert: UpBeat MomentsWatch… • Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – Ace Of SpadesWatch… (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah On TV: Quadrophenia

February 15th, 2024

Quadrophenia: BBC2: Sunday 18th February: 00.20am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone.

Toyah On TV: Britain’s Favourite Songs

February 15th, 2024

Britain’s Favourite Songs: Channel 5: Saturday 17th February: 3am
1997. Series 1, episode 8. Chart countdown celebrating the biggest-selling singles of 1997 and focusing on the stories behind the songs. Featuring including massive hits from Boyzone, Hanson, All Saints, Backstreet Boys and Chumbawamba. Contributors include Alex James, Toyah Willcox, Cliff Richard and Kerry Katona.

Toyah On TV: Tales Of The Unexpected

February 15th, 2024

Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Monday 19th February: 5pm
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Tuesday 20th February: 1pm
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Wednesday 21st February: 9am
Blue Marigold. Series 5, Episode 1. Dropped by her agency for her diva-like behaviour, supermodel Marigold’s mental health deteriorates. Years later, she plots a comeback. Director: Giles Foster. Starring: Toyah Willcox, Ralph Bates, Sharon Duce, Helen Fraser, Billy Hamon, Edward Jewesbury.

Toyah On TV: Celebrity Catchphrase

February 15th, 2024

Celebrity Cathphrase: ITV2: Sunday 25th February: 1.25pm
Series 3, episode 7. Stephen Mulhern hosts a celebrity special of the classic game show, with Nicola Coughlan, Stephen Mangan and Toyah Willcox all trying to say what they see as they guess well-known phrases for the chance to win a £50,000 jackpot for their chosen charity.

Toyah On TV: Britain’s Favourite Songs

February 15th, 2024

Britain’s Favourite Songs – 1991: Channel 5: Wednesday 21st February: 3am
1991. Series 1, episode 2. Beverley Craven, Candi Staton, Toyah Willcox, Paul Gambaccini, David Grant, Katie Puckrik and Nina Myskow reflect on the year’s videos.

Britain’s Favourite Songs – 1992: Channel 5: Thursday 22nd February: 3am
1992. Series 1, episode 3. A selection of the year’s most memorable videos. With commentary from a host of industry figures including Mark Radcliffe, Toyah Willcox, Andrew Collins, Nina Myskow and Bez.

Official Toyah: February 2024 Blog

February 7th, 2024

Toyah’s blog for February 2024 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: At Home/UM/Sunday Lunch

February 7th, 2024

Toyah At Home: February 2024 – Watch… • Toyah & Robert: UpBeat MomentsWatch… • Toyah & Robert’s Sunday LunchHurricaneWatch…

Toyah On TV: The Chase – Celebrity Special

February 7th, 2024

The Chase: Challenge: Saturday 17th February: 9pm
The Chase: Challenge: Sunday 18th February: 4am
Celebrity Special. Bradley Walsh presents as celebrity contestants Toyah Willcox, John Barnes, Germaine Greer and Audley Harrison pit their wits against ruthless quiz genius the Chaser in the hope of winning a potential prize pot worth thousands of pounds. They must work as a team and play strategically to answer general knowledge questions against the clock and race down the game board to the exit without being caught.

Live 2024: Toyah & Robert – Beautiful Days Festival

February 7th, 2024

Toyah & Robert have announced they’ll be playing Beautiful Days Festival, taking place 16th to 18th August at Escot Park in Devon – Over 50% of tickets have already been sold! Click below for info/tickets.

Toyah On TV: Britain’s Favourite Songs – 1992

February 7th, 2024

Britain’s Favourite Songs – 1992: Channel 5: Friday 9th February: 3am
1992. Series 1, episode 3. A selection of the year’s most memorable videos from acts including Erasure, George Michael, Take That, Kylie Minogue, Shakespears Sister, Shanice Wilson, U2, Snap, Tasmin Archer, Charles & Eddie, Jimmy Nail, Crowded House, Whitney Houston, Nirvana and Tori Amos. With commentary from a host of industry figures including Mark Radcliffe, Toyah Willcox, Andrew Collins, Nina Myskow and Bez.

Toyah On TV: Britain’s Favourite Songs – 1991

February 7th, 2024

Britain’s Favourite Songs – 1991: Channel 5: Thursday 8th February: 3am
1991. Series 1, episode 2. A selection of the year’s most memorable videos, from George Michael and Seal to REM and U2. Chesney Hawkes recalls the experience of filming his chart-topper The One and Only, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s reminisces about working with REM on Shiny Happy People, and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, discusses meeting Michael Jackson to record Do the Bartman. Plus, Beverley Craven, Candi Staton, Toyah Willcox, Paul Gambaccini, David Grant, Katie Puckrik and Nina Myskow reflect on the year’s videos.

Toyah Live 2024: 80’s Legends Live

February 2nd, 2024

Toyah will play 80s Legends Live at Leicestershire County Cricket Club on Saturday 3rd August alongside Haircut 100. Five legendary Artists. One Show-Stopping Night! Tickets on sale now. Buy tickets here. See also: It’s A Mystery No More! Toyah Is Coming To 80s Legends Live…

Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: Sat Song/UM/Sunday Lunch

February 2nd, 2024

Saturday Morning Song: Thunder In The Mountains (Unplugged) – Watch… • Toyah & Robert: UpBeat MomentsWatch… • Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – Fight For Your RightWatch…

Press for Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch. This week covering a Beastie Boys 80’s classic. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah cover Beastie Boys’ ‘Fight for Your Right’ in latest ‘Sunday Lunch’ session: The married couple channelled their hip-hop skills to perform the 1986 classic – Continue…

Consequence: Robert Fripp and Toyah Kick It with Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right”: The couple celebrate the Licensed to Ill classic in their latest “Sunday Lunch” performance – Continue…

Classic Rock/Louder: Toyah and Robert Fripp continue to bring the noise with chaotic old-skool cover of (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!): “It’s a brand new instalment and it’s a good one!” says Willcox – Continue…

Far Out: Toyah and Robert release raunchy video for ‘Fight For Your Right’ cover: Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp are back with another instalment of Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch. This time, the married couple tackled the Beastie Boys’ classic ‘Fight For Your Right’ – Continue…

Brave Words: Robert Fripp & Toyah Cover Beastie Boys Anthem “Fight For Your Right” In New Sunday Lunch Video – Continue…

Yahoo: Robert Fripp and Toyah Kick It with Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right” – Continue…

TikTok: (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) – Continue…

DGM Live: Fight For Your Right – Continue…

Toyah On TV: Nick Heyward’s Favourite Singers

February 2nd, 2024

Favourite Singers With Nick Heyward: NOW 80s: Tuesday 6th February: 8am
Mr Favourite Shirts is back on NOW 80s – this time he selects his Favourite Singers! Including some who influenced him the most such as David Byrne & XTC’s Andy Partridge.

DW Magazine Yearbook 2024: Children Of the Circus

January 25th, 2024

Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2024 is on sale from today, with the special issue looking back on the 60th anniversary of the show last year, and much more.

Children Of The Circus, the audio drama based on Doctor Who’s The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, gets a write-up in the ‘Sounds’ section of the magazine, with a few photos and a couple of quotes from an interview the writer did with Barnaby Eaton Jones, who produced and directed the production.

Also included in the special issue:

A year in the life of the stars of Doctor Who.
A look back at the 2023 Specials.
The producer of Tales of the TARDIS discusses this nostalgic series.
A summary of various instalments of the Doom’s Day multi-media event!
Wrarth Warrior actor Robert Strange speaks to the magazine about his role in The Star Beast.
A special feature on Goblin celebrity Janis!
A report from the Doctor Who at 60 musical celebration at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.

• Further info and buy the magazine here. Browse our Children Of The Circus news archive.