The Heritage Chart: Barefoot On Mars #1 For 2nd Week!

May 23rd, 2022

Barefoot On Mars holds at #1 for a 2nd week on The Heritage Chart. (Images © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: At Home/OOD/Sunday Lunch + Press

May 23rd, 2022

Toyah At Home: TISWAS Lookback Special – Watch…Toyah – I’m A Misery (TISWAS, 26th Sep 1981) – Watch…Toyah & Robert’s Objects Of DesireWatch…Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – Creep – Watch…  (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Billboard: Robert Fripp & Toyah Perform ‘Weirdo’ Cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ – Continue…
Classic Rock/Louder: Toyah and Robert Fripp may have finally peaked with bold cover of Radiohead’s Creep – Continue…
Consequence: Robert Fripp and Plastic-Wrapped Toyah Perform Radiohead’s “Creep” – Continue…
Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah & Robert cover Radiohead’s “Creep” – Continue…
Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Cover Radiohead’s “Creep” – Continue…
Guitar.Com: Robert Fripp And Toyah Are Angels And Weirdos In Sunday Lunch Cover Of Radiohead’s Creep – Continue…
Guitar World: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox cover Radiohead’s Creep on Sunday Lunch – Continue…
Yahoo News: Robert Fripp and Plastic-Wrapped Toyah Perform Radiohead’s “Creep” – Continue…
Far Out: Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ – Continue…
Brave Words: Robert Fripp And Toyah Perform Radiohead Classic “Creep” – Continue…

We Are Cult: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Review

May 21st, 2022

Alive, She Cried: ‘Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!’

Cherry Red continue with their impressive re-releases of Toyah’s albums, writes James Collingwood.

After only two albums it may have seemed slightly early in Toyah’s career to record a live album. However there appeared to be three reasons for the release of Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! in 1980.

One: Toyah had been filmed for a one-hour ATV documentary that included clips from this gig and brought her nationwide coverage. Two: It was a last add on gig of a UK tour and would be the last time she played with this particular band. Thirdly: She was on the cusp of stardom and becoming a regular Smash Hits and Look-In cover star.

Cherry Red continue with their impressive chronological repackaging of Toyah’s Safari Records albums with their re-release of the live album Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Presented as an expanded deluxe CD+DVD and a limited edition coloured vinyl LP this album includes the full ATV documentary Toyah!, originally broadcast December 1980, a 24-page booklet with artwork and photos, an introduction by Toyah herself and sleeve notes by Toyah’s archivist and compiler Craig Astley.

Toyah must have been the hardest working woman in showbiz at the time and really was on a mission to succeed. She seems to have been everywhere. As well as fronting and touring with the band Toyah was constantly working as a TV, film and stage actress. On stage she had recently appeared in Nigel Williams’ Sugar and Spice at the Royal Court. She had appeared as Monkey in Quadrophenia, in Derek Jarman’s Jubilee and The Tempest, and who can forget her appearance in Shoestring!

• Continue reading at We Are Cult. See links to four other Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! (Deluxe Release) album reviews… + recent news!

Toyah On TV: Guy Garvey – From The Vaults

May 21st, 2022

Guy Garvey – From The Vaults: Sky Arts: Friday 3rd June: 8pm
Guy Garvey – From The Vaults: Sky Arts: Saturday 4th June: 4pm
Guy Garvey – From The Vaults: Sky Arts: Sunday 5th June: 00.30am
1981. Series 3, episode 4. The Elbow frontman introduces clips from the TV archives from 1981, featuring performances by New Order, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Adam and the Ants, Kirsty MacColl, Kim Wilde and Toyah. Also featured are Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Madness, the Belle Stars, Dave Edmunds with the Stray Cats, and Secret Affair, and there are interviews with the Human League’s Philip Oakey, and Simon Le Bon and John Taylor from Duran Duran.

Bordon Herald: Electric Ladies Tour

May 21st, 2022

Toyah, Lene Lovich and Saffron of Republica help Hazel O’Connor

The Electric Ladies tour by Toyah, Lene Lovich and Saffron of Republica in support of Hazel O’Connor is coming to The Anvil in Basingstoke on June 16 at 7.45pm.

Hazel is still recovering from suffering a bleed on the brain and is unable to join the tour, but she will be very much with the others in spirit. Her singing and acting career took off in 1980 when she played Kate in the film Breaking Glass while also writing and performing its soundtrack album. This produced hits including Will You, the tale of a woman who nervously edges towards spending the night with her new man for the first time.

Toyah Willcox is one of the most recognisable faces in UK pop culture, clocking up an impressive ten hit singles and eight hit albums, including a gold-selling anthem, and her recent hit album, Posh Pop. Her biggest hits include It’s A Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains and I Want To Be Free.

She will be joined on this tour by new wave pioneer Lene Lovich, whose hits in the late 1970s included Lucky Number and I Think We’re Alone Now, and 1990s indie rock chick Saffron from Republica, whose hits included Ready To Go.

Performing alongside their full band, each artist will perform their own set alongside some collaborations. Some of Hazel’s songs will also be performed, and a portion of the income from each show will go directly towards helping her with her ongoing recovery. For tickets, priced £32, call 01256 844244 or visit anvilarts.org.uk

• Continue reading at the Bordon Herald.

Toyah on TV: Celebrity Fantasy Homes

May 21st, 2022

Celebrity Fantasy Homes: Really: Wednesday 1st June: 6am
Toyah (Series 2, Episode 2). Celebrities hunt for a new home. Gaby Roslin helps the original punk-pop princess Toyah Willcox search for a second home, in Richmond upon Thames, with a budget of £650,000.

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: Press

May 18th, 2022

Press for Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – This week covering Garbage. (Images © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover Garbage’s ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’: This week’s ‘Sunday Lunch’ cover is “definitely not garbage” – Toyah Willcox and her husband, King Crimson founder Robert Fripp have shared a cover of Garbage‘s ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ – The clip is the latest in their long-running ‘Sunday Lunch’ series which was launched in 2020 due to Fripp missing live performance as a result of lockdown – Continue reading…

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah and Robert Fripp cover Garbages’s “I Think I’m Paranoid”: Toyah Willcox and hubbie Robert Fripp of King Crimson have taken on Garbage’s 1998 hit “I Think I’m Paranoid” for this week’s edition of their Sunday Lunch covers series. Robert is sporting a very spring-like vest and tie, while Toyah has covered herself in gold foil leaf and there are two cupboard signs this week: “G we ❤️ U” and “I Think I’m Fripp’d.” This week’s video also includes some bonus blooper footage – Continue reading…

Classic Rock/Louder: Toyah and Robert Fripp play Garbage in energetic weekly broadcast: Toyah has been painted in gold leaf for this week’s performance of Garbage’s I Think I’m Paranoid – When Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp wowed humanity with their performance of The Cranberries’ classic Zombie during last week’s Sunday Lunch broadcast, Willcox came wrapped in silver foil. Impossible to top, right? Not so fast. For this week’s live-wire show, the diminutive post-punk princess painted herself with gold leaf – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Cover Garbage’s “I Think I’m Paranoid”: King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife, the actress and singer Toyah Willcox, are back with the latest entry in their ongoing “Sunday Lunch” series of cover videos. This time around, Fripp and Toyah are covering “I Think I’m Paranoid” by ’90s sleaze rockers Garbage. As you’ll see in the video, Toyah is extra enthusiastic this time around, and is at all times in danger of flaking through her top – Continue reading…

Guitar.Com: Robert Fripp and Toyah Cover Take On Garbege’s I Think I’m Paranoid For Sunday Lunch: Another blooper reel accompanies this week’s Sunday Lunch – King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and wife Toyah Wilcox have taken on Garbage’s 1998 hit single I Think I’m Paranoid on their latest Sunday Lunch cover. Fripp is noticeably dapper in the video, choosing a brightly coloured vest to match the season while Toyah has opted for a gold leaf covering this time around – Continue reading…

Society Of Rock: Toyah & Robert Makes Sunday The Best With ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ Cover: Toyah & Robert Makes Sunday The Best With ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ Cover: Toyah Wilcox and her husband, King Crimson’s founder Robert Fripp, recently shared their rendition of “I Think I’m Paranoid” by 1990s rock band Garbage. The new cover from this duo is their latest episode on their YouTube series “Sunday Lunch,” which started during the pandemic in 2020 when Fripp’s tour was cancelled – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – I Think I’m Paranoid… Toyah & Robert’s Objects Of Desire (May 14th 2022)… Toyah At Home – The VowContinue reading…

Sunday Lunch: I Think I’m Paranoid: This weekend is definitely not garbage, it’s especially iconic. The FrippCox fold have cooked up a rather special lunch for you. Oh and the social media team may well of included some bonus footage at the end! – Watch the video…

Happy Birthday Toyah!!!!

May 18th, 2022

It’s a week of celebrations in the FrippCox household, Toyah celebrates her birthday today, and the ever so cute Robert Fripp serenades her in this video!!!

It’s Toyah’s Birthday Today!

May 18th, 2022

Wishing Toyah a very, very Happy Birthday!

At The Barrier: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Review

May 18th, 2022

Third instalment in Cherry Red’s deluxe reissue series of Toyah’s Safari Records catalogue

Release Date: 13th May 2022
Label: Cherry Red Records
Formats: CD + DVD, Limited edition neon yellow vinyl

So – here we are again. Just about a year ago, we were pleased to review the deluxe reissue of Toyah’s second album, The Blue Meaning, and now, here comes installment number three in Cherry Red Records’ Toyah reissue series – a CD/DVD reassessment of the seminal 1980 live album, Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! And, as usual, it’s a cracking package. The CD-half of the package comprises, for the first time, the entire concert – complete with encores – from Toyah’s show on 17 June 1980 at Wolverhampton’s legendary Club Lafayette. The CD is accompanied by a DVD of the 1980 ATV documentary film ‘Toyah’ – a splendid period piece that captures Toyah at home, at work and at play, just as she reached the very cusp of her major commercial breakthrough. As usual, the package comes complete with an informative booklet, this time with detailed sleevenotes from Craig Astley, Toyah’s official archivist, and an introductory reminiscence from Toyah herself.

The gig at the Club Lafayette was added, for the benefit of the ATV camera crew, to the itinerary of Toyah’s 1980 Ieya Tour to provide some live footage for inclusion in the documentary that was in the process of being compiled. The band played a slightly shorter set than was normal for the time, with material drawn exclusively from the debut album Sheep Farming In Barnet and the (then) new release The Blue Meaning and the resulting live album, Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! was a triumph. Toyah is on top form as she shrieks, squeaks, groans and howls her way through a dramatic performance. The recording captures the enclosed atmosphere of the packed club wonderfully – in the way that the best live albums always seem to manage – and the setlist is inspired. Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Reached number three in the indie chart and stayed in that chart for over a year and was Toyah’s first album to creep into the national album chart, peaking at number 22. Big things were just around the corner, and that impending breakthrough seems to ooze from the very grooves of this album.

• Continue reading at At The Barrier. See links to three other Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! (Deluxe Release) album reviews… + recent news!

Daily Star: Toyah Willcox’s Hottest Pics

May 18th, 2022

Toyah Willcox’s hottest pics – braless, see-through tops and underwear flashes

Punk babe Toyah Willcox has had a varied career – from writing books to performing with her band, it seems there’s nothing she won’t try. Take a look at some of the rebellious rockstar’s raunchiest looks

Toyah Willcox has been on the scene for more than four decades as a jack of all trades, having tried her hand at everything from singing and acting to presenting.

The triple threat began her career back in 1977 and in those 45 years the multi-talented star has had eight singles in the Top 40 chart, won Brit Awards for Breakthrough Act and Female Solo Artist, and fronted her self-titled band Toyah.

Birmingham-born Toyah was known as a rebel and, due to her bold hair colours and flamboyant style, she was once known as “The Bird of Paradise” during her youth.

She began her career in theatre before she turned her passion to music. While playing a role at the National Theatre, she started Toyah and the band became very successful.

• Continue reading at the Daily Star.

Gloucestershire Live: Toyah Coming To Gloucestershire

May 18th, 2022

1980s legends John Cooper Clarke and Toyah Willcox coming to Gloucestershire

He’s a punk poet legend, whose work is seen on the National Curriculum and she’s a music icon

Following her 2021 Top 25 charting album “Posh Pop” and over 80 million worldwide YouTube views for her weekly Sunday Lunch videos with Robert Fripp, national music legend and true icon Toyah is back on tour. This special tour celebrates 40 years of the iconic, acclaimed and Gold-certified selling album Anthem.

Originally released May 1981, the album contains the smash hit singles I Want To Be Free and It’s A Mystery, alongside bonafide classics such as We Are and Obsolete that have stood the test of time to this very day. Spending 46 weeks in the charts Anthem became one of the most-loved LPs of the 1980s.

To celebrate its 40+1 anniversary, an extended selection from Anthem will be performed by Toyah and her band alongside her other greatest hits and classics. Toyah’s career spans 43 years, 30 albums, over 25 feature films, countless TV and theatre roles, TV presenting and two books.

• Continue reading at the Gloucestershire Live.

Official Charts: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! In Album Midweek Top 20

May 17th, 2022

Great news! The Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! 2022 reissue is #11 in the Album Midweek Charts update! It looks like it is going to surpass its original peak position all those years ago. The final confirmed position will be announced on Friday at 6pm. Click below to see the Midweek Chart.

Toyah & Robert: A Special Message From The Fripps!!

May 16th, 2022

It’s a special day in the Frippcox household!!! Happy 36th Anniversary to Toyah & Robert, and Many Happy Returns to Robert.

Velvet Thunder: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Review

May 16th, 2022

A great, comprehensive, review of the. just released, deluxe Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! by Velvet Thunder.

“These reissues are a long-overdue reassessment of Toyah’s early-’80s output, and reaffirm just how much depth and sheer great musicianship and songwriting there was to her catalogue.”

The deluxe Toyah reissue series reaches its third instalment here, with this 1980 live album getting the treatment. It is slightly confusing now, as a later compilation album was given the same title (coming, of course, from the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora!, about the bombing of Pearl Harbour), but this is the original. Coming after the first two albums, Sheep Farming In Barnet and The Blue Meaning, it finds Toyah just on the cusp of becoming a mainstream success, as the next release following this would be the Four From Toyah EP containing It’s A Mystery, and everything would suddenly go up a level in terms of profile. This release, then, manages rather neatly to cap the first phase of Toyah’s career, that of the underground ‘rebel’ new wave/art rock figurehead, before the words ‘pop star’ had even hovered on the horizon.

This was, however, more by happy circumstance than grand design, as the recording was arranged for inclusion in a TV documentary special for ATV, who had got wind of the stir that Toyah was beginning to make, and sensed a popular (and no doubt in their minds ‘trendy’) bit of youth programming. To that end, a special performance in Wolverhampton was tacked onto the end of the UK tour (the last she would do in club venues), recorded and filmed, and thus formed the material for this record. In fact, as revealed in the accompanying booklet, Toyah herself claims to have had no idea the gig was going to be filmed until she arrived to find a camera crew setting up on the stage.

• Continue reading at Velvet Thunder.

The Heritage Chart: Barefoot On Mars Is #1

May 16th, 2022

Barefoot On Mars is #1 on The Heritage Chart. Amazing! (Images © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah & Robert: At Home/Objects Of Desire/Sunday Lunch

May 16th, 2022

Toyah At Home – The Vow: This week Toyah delves into the iconic 1983 single The Vow and there’s a stunning performance of the song from the archives! – Watch here…

Toyah & Robert’s Objects Of Desire (Saturday 14 May 2022): Toyah and Robert take a look at some of the objects that surround them in middle England, direct from social medias most famous kitchen! – Watch here…

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – I Think I’m Paranoid: This weekend is definitely not garbage, it’s especially iconic. The FrippCox fold have cooked up a rather special lunch for you. Oh and the social media team may well of included some bonus footage at the end! – Watch here… (Images © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Radio 2 – Jools Holland (Repeat Airing)

May 16th, 2022

Jools Holland: BBC Radio 2: Sat 21st May: 9pm
Toyah is Jools’ guest! Join Jools Holland for the first in a new series where he and a guest explore the Later… archive, picking out some favourite moments and discussing some of their favourite artists along the way. Kicking it off is singer, songwriter & actress Toyah, who picks the likes of Bryan Ferry, & Muse, as well as discussing her work and career.

“Later…with Jools Holland” is the UK’s favourite music TV programme, with an archive that stretches back 25 years full of amazing performances by legendary artists. This series – and its companion shows on BBC2 – is the first to properly explore this remarkable heritage, bringing back to BBC airwaves a treasure trove of musical delights!

Official Toyah: May 2022 Blog

May 16th, 2022

Read Toyah’s latest blog at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah Live: Chilfest 2022

May 16th, 2022

Toyah plays Chilfest 2022 on Saturday 2nd July in Tring. Tickets are available at www.chilfest.co.uk. Browse all of Toyah’s upcoming festival dates (and all other tours/dates too!) at toyahwillcox.com. Toyah previously played Chilfest back in 2014.

Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!: Deluxe Release Today!

May 13th, 2022

The third reissue from Toyah’s Safari Records back catalogue, Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!, is released today on deluxe CD+DVD and colour vinyl by Cherry Red Records.

Toyah’s third, and first live, album was originally released in late 1980. It was reissued on CD and colour vinyl in 1990, and reissued again on expanded CD in 2006.

Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! originally peaked at #22 in the UK Top 40 Album Chart in 1980 and also spent an entire year in the Independent Album Chart, earning a Silver sales certification.

The recorded gig took place on 17th June 1980 at the legendary Club Lafayette, Wolverhampton. The CD+DVD set finally restores the full concert set list and pairs the live album with a DVD of the 1980 television documentary Toyah, released on disc for the first time ever.

• Browse Toyah’s social media spaces for a visual countdown to today’s release, with rare and archive photos and media over the last few weeks.