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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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!: Cherry Red Trailer

May 13th, 2022

Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! on CD/DVD & Neon Yellow Vinyl. The third instalment in Cherry Red’s deluxe re-issue series of Toyah’s Safari Records back catalogue is the 1980 live album Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!. Watch the trailer below.

Releases: The Blue Meaning on 140g Black Vinyl

May 8th, 2022

A 140g black vinyl LP of the remastered version of Toyah’s 1980 album The Blue Meaning is released on 15th July 2022.

The second disc in a re-issue programme of Toyah’s entire Safari Records catalogue following the limited edition neon pink coloured vinyl LP version released by Cherry Red in May 2021 which immediately sold out.

Produced by Steve James and ‘Toyah’ the band – Joel Bogen, Pete Bush, Toyah Willcox, Steve Bray and Charlie Francis, the album reached #1 on the UK Independent Album Chart and charted in the main UK Top 40 album chart in June 1980.

Includes the ultimate fan favourite ‘Ieya’, considered a signature song by the band, which was also released as a single, plus ‘Blue Meanings’, ‘Mummies’ and the psychedelic ‘Spaced Walking’ for which Toyah’s vocals were recorded after inhaling helium.

A Punk/New Wave classic featuring a brand new inner bag with rare and unseen imagery of Toyah, plus official lyrics for the album.

• Click below to pre-order the vinyl at Cherry Red Records.

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

May 8th, 2022

Toyah At Home – America For Beginners: This week is a special behind the scenes insight to America For Beginners, and a special archive performance of the song – Watch here…

Toyah & Robert’s Objects Of Desire: 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 – Zombie: Another helping of Sunday Lunch from the Frippcox household, and this weekend is awesome – Watch here… (Images © Toyah Willcox)

Classic Pop: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Review

April 30th, 2022

A four star review of the Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! reissue, by Classic Pop magazine. The CD+DVD and colour vinyl is released on Friday 13th May, and can be pre-ordered here.

One of the most tantalising of promised releases in the ongoing Toyah reissue campaign. Cherry Red have thankfully done what fans hoped in overhauling the band’s 1980 live album. A word-of-mouth phenomenon that eventually went silver, the concert from famed Wolverhampton 600-capacity Club Lafayette has added its three missing songs including the electrifying, She.

While Toyah Willcox was soon to brilliantly distil her energy into a poppier world, her band’s original chaos is captured fantastically in an anarchic performance, brought further to life on five tracks filmed on the accompanying bonus DVD, notably a feral Insects.

The DVD also includes the long overdue official release of the ITV documentary Toyah from the same year, which shadowed the singer. For someone who was yet to have a chart hit, it was a commendably prescient programme, though the young Toyah was so magnetic that she was gold dust for anyone curious enough to tune in.

The doc works as cultural history, too, with footage of Toyah’s Battersea home showing it was possible for struggling musicians to turn a London warehouse into a thriving artistic community on the cheap 40 years ago. What could have been dingy chaos crackles with magnetism, both on audio and visual.

• Classic Pop, Issue 75 May/June 2022, is on sale now! (Thanks to Minna)

Releases: Toyah Unboxes Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! CD & Vinyl

April 17th, 2022

Watch Toyah unbox the upcoming new colour vinyl and CD+DVD release of Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! by clicking below (to go to Toyah’s Official Facebook). Pre-order the album, which is released on 13th May, here. (Screen caps from a video that is © Toyah Willcox)

• Browse Dreamscape’s “Toyah Unboxes” archive. This includes Toyah unboxing Toyah Solo, The Blue Meaning, Posh Pop and more.

Brave New World: 40 Years Ago… in Hastings!

April 13th, 2022

40 years ago this very week Toyah was filming the video that would accompany the release of the 1982 single, Brave New World.

In Monday’s repeat of Video Killed The Radio Star on Sky Arts, Toyah recalled filming the sea and beach scenes on 9th April 1982, as well as riding the horse for scenes filmed in London.

Brave New World was directed by David Mallet and the beach scenes were filmed in Hastings and took place incredibly early in the morning, Another location was Battersea Power Station in London later on the same day. There was also studio filming.

The song was written by Toyah and Joel Bogen and produced by Steve Lillywhite. The single was released in May 1982, the only one to be taken from the album The Changeling, and certainly had an effect on me at the time. I still remember the day I bought the single, being mesmerised by the sleeve, and Toyah’s, still stunning, imagery. I loved Brave New World then and still do now. As with Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard), it’s message and lyrics are just as relevant today. It transcends time.

Soul Passing Through Soul: Dreamscape Fan Art

April 12th, 2022

This past weekend Toyah revisited her 1985 album, Minx, by exploring the second single released from it, Soul Passing Through Soul, in Toyah At Home. Here’s a bit of SPTS fan art I put together a few years ago… (While on the subject of MinxSpace Between The Sounds is still one of my favourite Toyah songs. Yup, it’s over-the-top but bloody brilliant!!)

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

April 10th, 2022

Toyah At Home – Soul Passing Through Soul: This week Toyah goes behind the scenes of the iconic Soul Passing Through Soul, we hear the story of the video and how the song came together – Watch here…

Toyah & Robert’s Objects Of Desire: 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 – Living Colour – revisited!: Airing at Midday today!! We take another look at this belter of a song, and a special look at Barefoot On Mars straight after :-) – Watch here… (Images © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!: Preview/Pre-Order

March 31st, 2022

Pre-order Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!, in deluxe formats, by clicking on the CD+DVD back cover…

Toyah: Danced (Live at Club Lafayette, Wolverhampton 1980)

March 31st, 2022

A preview of the live performance of Danced performed live in June 1980 at Club Lafayette, Wolverhampton is premiering on Toyah’s Official You Tube channel on 5th April. As featured on the DVD with the Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Deluxe CD+DVD release from Cherry Red Records. Released Friday 13 May 2022.

Super Deluxe Edition: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Reissue

February 25th, 2022

1980 live album • CD+DVD includes ‘Toyah’ doc

Toyah’s 1980 live album Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! will be reissued by Cherry Red in May.

The album featured a June 1980 performance at Club Lafayette, in Wolverhampton, and was recorded using the Rolling Stones legendary Mobile Recording Unit. The audio for this reissue has been remastered by Nick Watson from the original master tapes.

The CD+DVD deluxe edition includes the ATV documentary, Toyah, in which director Graham Moore follows Toyah around for more than six months capturing rehearsals, studio recording sessions, rehearsals for plays and then in the notorious Battersea warehouse ‘Mayhem’. This documentary has never been issued commercially before (the DVD is NTSC, region-free).

• Continue reading at Super Deluxe Edition.

Albums: Sheep Farming/Blue Meaning – Deluxe/Commentary

February 25th, 2022

Available to stream and download now… Track by Track Commentary Editions of the classic Toyah albums Sheep Farming In Barnet and The Blue Meaning. Listen to Toyah go behind the music and listen to the remastered album too.

Toyah Live 2022: Anthem 40+1 Anniversary Tour

February 18th, 2022

A celebratory 16-date tour of Toyah’s legendary 1981 album, Anthem, is confirmed today.

Here is the press release, with info and full tour dates, from toyahwillcox.com:

ANTHEM 40+1 ANNIVERSARY TOUR CONFIRMED FOR SEP-NOV 2022

A special tour is confirmed today to celebrate 40 years of the iconic, acclaimed and Gold-selling Toyah album Anthem. Originally released May 1981, the album contains the smash hit singles I Want To Be Free and It’s A Mystery.

Spending 46 weeks in the charts, Anthem became one of the most-loved LPs of the 1980s.⁣

To mark its 40+1 anniversary, an extended selection from Anthem will be performed by Toyah and her band alongside her other greatest hits and classics.⁣

ANTHEM 40+1 ANNIVERSARY TOUR⁣
MOST DATES ON SALE FRI 18 FEB⁣
SEE toyahwillcox.com/gigs for links.

September 2022
16 Norwich Epic Studios⁣
23 Leamington Assembly⁣
24 Leeds Brudenel⁣
29 Bristol The Fleece⁣
30 Frome Cheese & Grain⁣

October 2022⁣
06 Hertford Corn Exchange⁣
07 Brighton Concorde2⁣
08 London 229⁣
21 Stockton ARC⁣
22 Sale Waterside⁣
23 Blackburn King George’s Hall⁣
29 Milton Keynes Stables⁣

November 2022⁣
04 Southampton Concorde Club⁣
10 Blackpool Leyton Institute⁣
11 Worcester Huntingdon Hall⁣
12 Stroud Subscription Rooms

Retro Pop: Toyah’s 1980 Live Album Gets Deluxe Reissue

February 8th, 2022

Toyah’s 1980 live album gets deluxe reissue with CD/DVD and limited vinyl editions

Toyah’s 1980 live album is the latest in her back catalogue to be reissued.

The third instalment of Cherry Red Records’ campaign sees the star’s Safari Records LP ‘Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!’ revisited and expanded for a new release.

The recorded gig took place on June 17, 1980 at the legendary Club Lafayette, Wolverhampton and was recorded on the Rolling Stones’ Mobile Recording Unit.

It’s been remastered from the original master tapes by Nick Watson and a CD/DVD edition features the full concert setlist – including the previously unreleased songs She, a reprise of Danced and an unedited complete version of Neon Womb, which originally faded early as the B-Side of live single Danced – paired with a DVD of the 1980 television documentary ‘Toyah’.

• Continue reading at Retro Pop. Pre-Order Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! at Cherry Red.

Releases: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! CD + DVD/Colour Vinyl LP

February 5th, 2022

Following the deluxe releases of Sheep Farming In Barnet in 2020, and The Blue Meaning in 2021, comes the third Cherry Red release from Toyah’s Safari albums discography, Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!, the live album with the glorious artwork by Dexter Brown.

Press Announcement from toyahwillcox.com and Cherry Red:

The third instalment in Cherry Red’s deluxe re-issue series of Toyah’s Safari Records back catalogue is the 1980 live album ‘Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!’,  released on Friday 13 May 2022.

PRE-ORDER NOW FROM CHERRY RED WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED POSTCARDS WHILST STOCKS LAST…. One design for the LP Edition, one for the CD+DVD Edition

The album is released as an expanded deluxe CD+DVD and a Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl LP.

The live album 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 17 June 1980 at the legendary Club Lafayette, Wolverhampton where Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder all performed. The gig was recorded on the Rolling Stones’ Mobile Recording Unit and has been remastered from the original master tapes by Nick Watson.

With sleevenotes by Craig Astley, Toyah’s official archivist, who also compiled the package, 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. Directed by Graham Moore and originally broadcast by the ATV (former name for ITV) network on 17 November 1980, it followed Toyah for over half a year capturing band rehearsals, studio recording sessions, play rehearsals and in her then-home, the notorious Battersea warehouse ‘Mayhem’.

The CD+DVD features the previously unreleased songs ‘She’, a reprise of ‘Danced’ and an unedited complete version of ‘Neon Womb’ which originally faded early as the B-Side of live single ‘Danced’.

The CD+DVD contains a fully illustrated 24-page booklet featuring an introductory note from Toyah alongside rare and unseen photography of Toyah and the band line-up which disbanded before this album’s original release.

The documentary features promo-style video footage for the songs ‘Blue Meanings’ and ‘Neon Womb’ alongside concert footage of ‘Danced’, ‘Insects’ and ‘Ieya’ as heard on the live album.

LP and CD: Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!
1 Victims Of The Riddle
2 Indecision
3 Love Me
4 Vision
5 Bird In Flight
6 Tribal Look
7 Danced
8 Insects
9 Race Through Space
10 Ieya

CD-only Bonus Tracks
11 Ghosts
12 Neon Womb (Unedited)*
13 She*
14 Danced (Encore Version)*
*Previously unreleased

DVD in CD+DVD Edition
Toyah: ATV Documentary
Including promo video-style footage of ‘Neon Womb’ and ‘Blue Meanings’ and concert footage of ‘Insects’, ‘Danced’ and ‘Ieya’.

• Pre-Order Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! on colour vinyl and CD at Cherry Red (The editions with signed postcards sold out almost immediately!). Read the press release at toyahwillcox.com. Watch Toyah announcing the release during this morning’s Toyah At Home.

Posh Pop: Watch The Videos – Monkeys/Kill The Rage

December 19th, 2021

Two more videos from Posh Pop have just premiered online: Monkeys and Kill The Rage. Watch these and a selection of others, from Toyah’s hit album, at The Official Toyah You Tube channel by clicking below. (Images © Toyah Willcox)