Archive for February, 2014

The Humans: Looking For “Tell Tales” #7

February 28th, 2014

It’s the final “Tell Tale” today. The album will be available at Midnight tonight, in whichever timezone you are in: The final tell tale previews the album opening track Slow Descent at the album entry for Strange Tales at the Toyah Official Discography.


• Previews of each song are now available at The Humans’ Soundcloud. Visit/listen/follow.

The Humans: Looking For “Tell Tales” #6

February 27th, 2014

Discipline Global Mobile is exclusively telling tale #6…. Click below to hear Sleep Tight.


Sky News Sunrise: Screen Caps + Video Link

February 27th, 2014

Screen caps from Toyah’s appearance on Sky News Sunrise yesterday morning. She guested at around 8.15am to discuss dyslexia on the programme hosted by Eamonn Holmes. View larger versions of the screen caps and click on those below to watch the video.


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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

February 27th, 2014

een14bEdinburgh Evening News: Enjoy the creative genius of Jarman: Liam Rudden: Like many of my generation, it was the 1978 film Jubilee that introduced me to the work of film-maker, artist and gardener, Derek Jarman. Now considered a cult classic, it featured a very young Toyah Willcox, equally youthful Adam Ant, and starred Jenny Runacre and Edinburgh’s own Ian Charleson – Continue reading…

Flexipop! Facebook: Toyah had a decent showing in the Top Tens you sent in for the Flexipop! Readers’ Ultimate Top 40 Singles Of The 80’s Chart with Thunder In The Mountains being the most popular choice. Released in 1981, it was her eighth UK single and not included on an album at the time – Continue reading…

Sounds Of The 80s: View a full transcript of Toyah’s recent BBC Radio 2 interview at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive…

Get Bucks: Bowie fan celebrates Friars anniversary after catching the star’s shirt: The exhibition also features… the classic double neck guitar used by Genesis founder Mike Rutherford, Howard Jones’s 1983 Moog keyboard rig, and an amplifier used by U2, a stage costume worn by Toyah Willcox, and Lol Coxhill’s saxophones – Continue reading…

The Humans: Exclusive Preview ‘Amnesia’ [Tell Tale #5]

February 26th, 2014

It’s Tell Tale #5 and Dreamscape has the privilege of bringing you the preview of the beautiful ‘Amnesia’ from the forthcoming album Strange Tales by The Humans. This album is sounding sooo good! Roll on 1st March! (Thanks to Craig, and The Humans)

Sky News: Toyah on Dyslexia

February 26th, 2014

skynews14aToyah guested on Sky News this morning just after 8am, discussing dyslexia.

Presenter Eamonn Holmes tweeted: “DYSLEXIA. Singer Toyah Willcox suffers and fears that it’s used by parents who fear their children branded stupid or lazy. Agree / disasgree?“.

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The Humans: Looking For “Tell Tales” #4

February 25th, 2014

She stays / She goes / She sways / She glows / She hums / She ahhs / She strums / She begs / She screams / She acts like a dream – This Is Not Retro are telling tale #4…



TOYAH has announced that her collaborative project THE HUMANS will digitally release a new album on March 1st. ‘Strange Tales’ is the band’s third album… We are very proud to be able to bring you an exclusive audio preview from the album.

• Continue reading at This Is Not Retro.

The Humans: New Album ‘Strange Tales’

February 24th, 2014

humans14jThe title, cover art, tracklist and release date for The Humans’ third album was revealed last night.

Strange Tales, featuring seven new songs, will be released digitally, worldwide, on Saturday 1st March 2014. The highly anticipated album was recorded in Seattle and is produced by Bill Rieflin. The tracklist is:

1. Slow Descent, 2. She’s Fast, 3. Get In Your Car, 4. Amnesia, 5. Bedhead, 6. Improbable Thing, 7. Sleep Tight

A selection of “Tell Tale” previews of songs from the album are being made available via Toyah related websites and social media. The first, the full version of Get In Your Car, was uploaded to Soundcloud last week, and the second, a preview of Improbable Thing, was released last night. The third “Tell Tale”, a preview of Bedhead is also now at Soundcloud , after premiering at The Humans’ Sugar Rush fansite.

The Humans are also playing live dates in Seattle in April, with further concerts expected to be announced.

• View further details on this release here. Stay updated on all things Humans by visiting for news, gig details, videos, gallery, audio and biography information. Visit for track previews. (News Source: Breaking Through: The Official Toyah Newsletter – Sign up here)

Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: Queens Hall, Nuneaton

February 24th, 2014

Mark Evans, has, once again taken some amazing photos of Toyah in concert, and has also again kindly shared some with Dreamscape and our readers. These are from Saturday night’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at Queens Hall, Nuneaton. Click below to view the full versions at Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks again to Mark | All photos © Mark Evans)


EssexFest 2014: Help JELLY Play

February 24th, 2014

Stevie Bray’s band Jelly are hoping to play EssexFest 2014, and you can help them! Simply click below and like their video at You Tube. Jelly are a great band, it’s a great song (‘Say Hello’), and the animated video is pretty cool too. I’m sure many would agree it’s the least we can do to support someone who helped give us Toyah’s first three albums (and ‘Bird in Flight’).


• Browse all of Dreamscape’s Jelly news here. Visit their Official Website.

The Humans: Looking For “Tell Tales” #3

February 24th, 2014

Sugar Rush: The Humans fansite is telling tale #3 today. Visit to hear an exclusive audio preview clip from the forthcoming new album by The Humans.


Dreamscape Gallery: Acoustic/CQ + 2014

February 23rd, 2014

A new page at Dreamscape Gallery for photos from Toyah’s 2014 tours, PAs and festival appearances. Thanks to Angus, Jill, Alyson and Jeff who have already given me amazing photos from a couple of this week’s dates. If anyone would like their photos included get in touch. Click below to visit the new page.


Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

February 23rd, 2014

toysimon83Toyah by Simon Harrison: A fantastic polaroid of Toyah from 1983 was shared by Toyah’s Official Facebook on Friday, as the Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits… Live! Tour got underway. The jewellery Toyah is wearing in the photo is also designed by Simon who was responsible for the Love Is The Law armour and original headpiece – View a larger version of the photo here… (Photo © Simon Harrison)

Official Instagram: Toyah has shared some great photos over the last week, from on top of the Pennines, to her dressing room in Nuneaton – View at Instagram here…

Acoustic, Up Close & Personal: ‘Jungles of Jupiter’ live at Lowther Pavilion on Thursday. Listen/watch here… (Thanks to Glyn Whelan)

ITV Player: Splash! 2014: Public vote winners and losers revealed: If there hadn’t have been a “spalsh off” Toyah would have been in the semi finals – View here…

The Hollywood News: Celebrate Derek Jarman With A Series Of UK Screenings: What do you get if you cross Shakespeare, ’70s punk, a liberal dose of theatrics and um, gardening? It’s Derek Jarman of course, perhaps one of the most subversive and visionary British film-makers of the last forty years – Continue reading…

Pointless Celebrities: This repeat aired again last night on BBC1 and is now available to watch at BBC iPlayer…

The Lee Mack Show: This re-aired last night on BBC Radio 4 Extra and is now available to listen to at BBC iPlayer…

This is it Philly: Film Screening: Jubilee at Galleries at Moore – This has already taken place (on Thursday evening) but thought I’d give it a mention anyway – View here…

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BFI: Toyah Willcox: Being Mad

February 22nd, 2014

A short interview with Toyah, from the BFI, discussing Jubilee, Jarman and her character in the film, Mad: “I wanted to be a tidal wave.” Actor Toyah Willcox discusses her role as pyromaniac punk Mad in Derek Jarman’s Jubilee (1978). Click below to watch.


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Live 2014: Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live!

February 21st, 2014

Only Toyah could launch two UK tours within days of each other… My favourite workaholic (and singer) premieres Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! tonight at the Holmfirth Picturedome. Celebrating the wonderful 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen and other fan favourites too. Click below for full details on the tour, including dates and ticket booking links. Sending best wishes to Toyah for another successful opening concert tonight.


The Acoustic Album: Available Digitally Now

February 21st, 2014

“Toyah Unplugged!” The Acoustic Album is now on sale at iTunes. This is the first time the album, originally released on CD in October 1996, has been available in digital format. Availability via other digital music stores will follow soon. Great vocals on this, by Toyah (and Tayce).


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Acoustic, Up Close & Personal: Buxton Pavilion

February 21st, 2014

More great shots of Toyah, Acoustic, Up Close & Personal, on the opening date of the tour in Buxton, at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Wednesday night. Please click below to view the full versions at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Photos © Angus Turner)


My Vintage: The Fripp’s Playlist

February 20th, 2014

vintage14eMy Vintage with The Fripps airs again tonight on Vintage TV. A great hour of chat and classic music choices from Robert and Toyah. Toyah also pops up as a presenter on Vintage this evening, hosting The Vintage TV Sessions, a show which she has also recorded performances for. That show is set to air sometime in March. Here’s the full Fripp Playlist from My Vintage:

Salisbury Hill – Peter Gabriel, Rapture – Blondie, Heroes – David Bowie, Fashion – David Bowie, Imagine – John Lennon, Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkel, Angels – Robbie Williams, I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston.

The Vintage TV Sessions: Vintage TV: Thursday 20th February: 8.00pm
The Vintage TV Sessions: Vintage TV: Sunday 23rd February: 10.00pm
New! We are proud to present our third Vintage TV Sessions, live from the Bedford pub in Balham, with Alvin Stardust, Leddra Chapman, Newton Faulkner, Gabrielle and The Jar Family. Hosted by Toyah Willcox.

My Vintage: Vintage TV: Thursday 20th February: 10.00pm
Toyah and Robert. New! Husband and wife team, punk princess Toyah Willcox and guitarist and record producer Robert Fripp, invite My Vintage viewers into their home for their top record picks.

The Vintage TV Sessions: Promo Advert

February 20th, 2014

A few screen caps from the promo advert for the third show of The Vintage TV Sessions series. This airs this evening on Vintage TV and is hosted by Toyah. Guests include Gabrielle and The Jar Family. View larger versions of the screen caps and click below to watch the advert.


Acoustic, Up Close & Personal: Buxton Pavilion

February 20th, 2014

Toyah began her Acoustic, Up Close & Personal tour last night at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre. The tour continues tonight at Lowther Pavilion. Here are a few photos of Toyah taken last night. Click on these for info on the Acoustic… tour at Toyah’s Official Website. (Photos © Jill Perlstrom)


• I hear, on good authority, that the very wonderful ‘Dreamscape’ was included in last night’s opening gig set. Tickets for The Duchess, York Acoustic… gig are also now on sale, here.

Acoustic Toyah 2014: Tour Opens Tonight

February 19th, 2014

acotoyds14aToyah’s first Acoustic, Up Close & Personal date takes place tonight; there’s been news of the digital reissue of The Acoustic Album; a great collection of acoustic rarities has just been gifted to fans by Toyah; and there’s even an acoustic Live Track Of The Month… So there’s definitely a nice acoustic feeling in the air (I’ve been playing The Acoustic Album and the rarities collection while readying Issue Two of my fanzine for the printers).

Toyah tweeted yesterday: “Photoshoot for Mail then I head up north. Running set for Acoustic show….it sounds fresh and exciting. Guitar arrangements r so clever“. She also mentioned recently that ‘Obsolete’ was sounding “great unplugged”.

Here’s some interesting details on Acoustic, Up Close & Personal from the latest Breaking Through newsletter: Without giving the full set list away the show will feature unplugged versions for the first time ever of… Bird In Flight, Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard), Broken Diamonds, Love Is The Law, Dawn Chorus, Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You) and Sensational, amongst others.

The show is acoustic but is intentionally very lively and uptempo! The set list for this show is likely to also alternate throughout the year. It’s a show not to be missed so do try and make it along to hear these unique versions of classics from Sheep Farming, Love Is The Law, Anthem, Crimson Queen, The Changeling and more.

 News Source: Breaking Through: The Official Toyah Newsletter. (Image by Dreamscape, inspired by the recent acoustic artworks by – View a larger version here)