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Podcasts: Barbara Dickson’s ‘Answer Me Ten’

June 9th, 2021

Toyah guests today on Barbara Dickson’s Answer Me Ten podcast.

Barbara said of meeting Toyah: “What a delight to chat with her. Bx

A series of new weekly podcasts, ‘Answer Me Ten’, Join legendary singer Barbara Dickson as she poses ten questions to different women in the world of music. Visit Barbara at www.barbaradickson.net

• Listen to Toyah’s Answer Me Ten podcast chat with Barbara Dickson here or at You Tube.

Super Deluxe Edition: Toyah Willcox on The Blue Meaning

June 3rd, 2021

“I was very reliable” Toyah tells SDE

Toyah Willcox, the new queen of ‘Sunday Lunch’ lockdown videos talks to SDE about the reissue of Toyah’s 1980s album The Blue Meaning. This is the second major release in Cherry Red’s reissue campaign, since the label acquired Safari Records in early 2020.

SDE: You’ve been keeping busy during lockdown – I’ve seen the videos – but you must have missed playing live, since you used to do it so much?

Toyah Willcox: Yes, that’s true, but I managed to build a pretty phenomenal… brand name in lockdown. So we’re going to continue with it. It’s been a phenomenon we never expected, and it’s still growing. In a couple of years we’ll have our own TV channel, doing our own TV broadcasts. What seems to have struck home is the very basic truth and simplicity of what we do. We’re not in hi-tech studios or anything like that, but we’ll actually be broadening the whole of that.

• Continue reading at Super Deluxe Edition. Browse Dreamscape’s SDE news archive.

The Evelyn Glennie Podcast: Interview Transcript

June 2nd, 2021

The Evelyn Glennie Podcast, on which Toyah recently guested, is now available at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive as a text interview.

A great interview with Toyah, a great podcast, and now a great transcript.

• Read it here. Listen to The Evelyn Glennie Podcast here.

BBC Radio Kent/Dominic King Show – Interview Transcript

June 1st, 2021

A full transcript of Toyah’s recent interview on BBC Radio Kent’s Dominic King Show can now be read online at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.

• Read it here. Listen to the interview at BBC Sounds.

Radio: BBC Radio Kent/Dominic King Show TONIGHT!

May 26th, 2021

Toyah guests this evening on The Dominic King Show which airs from 6pm on BBC Radio Kent. Toyah is on after 8pm.

The Dominic King Show: Chris Addison + TOYAH
Evenings on BBC Radio Kent. Featuring great music and conversation.

• Listen online at BBC Sounds for the next four weeks.

Reignite: Toyah Interview – Watch Now!

May 25th, 2021

Toyah’s guest appearance on Reignite With Cathy Grant aired today and is now available to watch/rewatch at You Tube.

RTÉ: Punk Pop Legend Toyah Willcox Talks To RTÉ Arena

May 23rd, 2021

To a generation of teenagers, the 1980s punk pop star Toyah Willcox was an inspiration with brightly dyed hair and dramatic make up.

The singer and actor joins RTÉ Arena to discuss her new album Posh Pop, out in July and her hit YouTube series Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch.

• Listen to this great interview at the RTE website.

Reignite: Cathy Grant Interviews Toyah

May 23rd, 2021

Toyah will be joining Cathy Grant for an interview on her, newly launched, Reignite channel at You Tube – This Tuesday, 25th May, at 11am.

Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt: Toyah Willcox

May 22nd, 2021

Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt
S1E38: Toyah Willcox

This week, Guy and Gary chat to a creative tour de force. Musician, actress, TV presenter and now lockdown YouTube sensation, Toyah Willcox.

What a career! 20 albums, over 40 stage plays, at least 10 films including the iconic mod classic ‘Quadrophenia’.

The interview with Toyah was great fun and we can’t wait to share it with you.

• Listen to the Rockonteurs podcast here.

The Evelyn Glennie Podcast: Toyah Willcox (Ep 21)

May 22nd, 2021

Episode 21 – Toyah Willcox
Season 4, Ep. 21

I have always been a huge fan of Toyah’s so to have the chance to chat to her about everything that keeps her creative was incredible for me!

Toyah shared some of the secrets of her boundless energy, her musical inspirations and how to survive a lockdown with a husband of 35 years without throwing the kettle at him! So let’s get listening!

In loving memory of Isobel Glennie.

• Listen to The Evelyn Glennie Podcast here.

Rolling Stone: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Interview

March 25th, 2021

Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox on Their Viral Quarantine Videos: ‘We’re in This With You’

King Crimson’s guitarist and his pop-star wife on what inspired them to cover everything from “Enter Sandman” to “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and what everyone got wrong about their ‘Swan Lake’ tutu dance

“My wife is a force of nature and my wife leads the way,” Robert Fripp says of his partner and quarantine-video collaborator Toyah Willcox.

On April 5th, 2020, music fans stuck in their homes and cruising the web for diversions were greeted with one of the most unusual sights in a season filled with them: King Crimson auteur Robert Fripp and his wife, singer and actress Toyah Willcox, both elegantly dressed and dancing to Bill Haley and the Comets’ early rock anthem “Rock Around the Clock.”

Filmed on Willcox’s iPhone in the kitchen of the couple’s home near Birmingham, England, the head-scratching clip launched one of the year’s least likely and most talked-about viral series. Every Sunday since, “Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch” (sometimes called a “Lockdown Lunch”) has presented a new clip of the couple having quick, good-natured fun at home. The ever-upbeat Willcox sings and vamps (while wearing a variety of costumes, from workout suit to cheerleader costume) while a deadpan Fripp accompanies her on electric guitar.

• Continue reading at Rolling Stone. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Cherry Red Records: The ‘Toyah Willcox Story’ Interview

November 4th, 2020

Cherry Red Records, who release Sheep Farming In Barnet as a deluxe CD set next month, recently interviewed Toyah.

The Toyah Willcox story is an in-depth interview which looks at who the real Toyah is, what motivates her and how she became so successful. She also shares many fascinating stories from her incredible career.

Cherry Red: My Favourite Flavour – Barnet Fair

November 1st, 2020

A new, Sheep Farming In Barnet/Early Years, interview with Toyah, from Cherry Red’s My Favourite Flavour magazine. A classic SFIB era photo of Toyah is also included on the cover!

According to the sleevenotes of the lavish re-issue of Toyah’s debut album ‘Sheep Farming In Barnet’ her progress to punk icon, then pop star, really began back in 1975…

“Back then I just wanted to get out of school, get out of Birmingham. I definitely wanted to act and sing, but there was no way I was equipped for that. I think I was lucky to have been born at the right time and been around for the punk movement, that allowed every shape, size, sound and form into the fold. If you had something to express or to say back then, punk accepted it. That was the saving grace for me.

“I’d left home and got a job at the National Theatre in London, school hadn’t really prepared me for life, I had to land on my feet and learn to adapt to the outside world and somehow mould myself into what I wanted to be.

“At the National, an actor called Ian Charleson introduced me to Derek Jarman who was about to start work on his film Jubilee and around the same time I got into a punk band and started writing with Joel Bogen. We started playing the pub circuit and I was embraced by that whole community, they were amazing times.”

• Continue reading here. (Thanks to Sharon Dickson for the scans)

Punktuation: Toyah Willcox: “Slow Down? Me? Never!”

October 28th, 2020

A great new interview with Toyah, just published by Punktuation. Also includes a shorter interview with Steve James discussing the recording of Sheep Farming in Barnet.

Punktuation chats to the high priestess of punk, Toyah Willcox, about the reissue of her debut album, Sheep Farming In Barnet and her extraordinary career

Toyah is quite simply a force of nature. She is a musician and songwriter, she’s a very successful actress, and she’s a producer and storyteller. She’s had eight top 40 hit singles, released 23 albums, written two books and appeared in over 40 stage plays and ten feature films including Derek Jarman’s Jubilee and Franc Roddam’s Quadrophenia.

Now 62 years old there’s also no sign that Toyah plans to slow down anytime soon. However, the events of 2020 have forced her, like the rest of us, to readjust to the ‘new reality’.

“Yes, it’s been an extraordinary time, hasn’t it? I don’t think I’ve spent so much time at home as I have this year, ” Toyah says over the phone from her English countryside home that she shares with her husband of over 30 years, guitarist Robert Fripp.

“It’s taken a bit of time to get used to. Here we are at the end of October and Robert and I are just finding our stride. We both believe if we can get through this we can get through anything. The reality for us is that we will have to be in quarantine for a while longer as Robert is now 74 – we have to be careful,” Toyah confides.

• Continue reading at Punktuation.

Mrs Barbara Nice & Friends: Befriending Toyah Willcox

October 16th, 2020

Befriending Toyah Willcox
The Mrs Barbara Nice & Friends Podcast

SUMMARY
Ahead of her remastered Album Launch “Sheep Farming in Barnet”, Toyah Willcox stops by to chat to Barbara about the importance of the audience, the differing priorities of a band and befriending people on stage.

SHOW NOTES
Mrs Barbara Nice chats to Toyah Willcox about the re-release of her album “Sheep Farming in Barnet” on Cherry Red Records

They become fast, firm friends as they discuss the coincidence in their locations, interacting with individual audience members amid big gigs. the importance of the audience to a performer and somehow, wild swimming in the Avon

• Continue reading/Listen to the interview here.

Inews: Toyah Willcox: ‘I’ve Trademarked My Name’

October 9th, 2020

Toyah Willcox: ‘You can’t copy me, I’ve trademarked my name’

Toyah Willcox, a National Album Day 80s ambassador, has copywritten her name to stop copycat artists from emerging

“I gave girls the right to believe in themselves. I was getting 10,000 letters a week, most of them starting with ‘I’ve just been expelled from school for dyeing my hair pink,’” reflects Toyah Willcox, the singer and actress whose electric hair and rebellious anthems lit up the charts in the 1980s.

A Top of the Pops fixture with hits like It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free and Thunder In The Mountains, accompanied by a video of Toyah thundering across a barren landscape on a chariot, the empowered image portrayed by the Birmingham-born singer directly inspired Shirley Manson and other singers who adapted her punk style.

The only pop star to have acted opposite Laurence Olivier and appeared in two films directed by arthouse auteur Derek Jarman, before going on to narrate the BBC’s Teletubbies, Toyah, 62, has now trademarked herself as a one-word “brand.”

• Continue reading at inews.co.uk.

HMV.Com: My Record Collection by Toyah Willcox

October 8th, 2020

My Record Collection by Toyah Willcox
A National Album Day Special

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians’ souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, we’re counting down to National Album Day.

This year, the organisers are taking us back to the 1980s, to a time when nu-romantics, big hair, arena rock and electronics ruled the chart. We’re celebrating all week on hmv.com with a selection of features from the day’s ambassadors, which this year include La Roux, Blossoms, Kim & Marty Wilde, Toyah Willcox and more! Each day this week, we’ll be showing off the record collections from an ambassador, as they count down their memories of the 1980s, as they lived it, or just as they wished they had.

We continue today with Toyah Willcox…

The record that made me want to make music was…
“For me, it’s David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. It is almost impossible to pinpoint one Bowie album that made me want to write music because they all did, but the unique thing Bowie achieved above all other artists was to have a burst of creativity that lasted a whole decade from the early ’70s into the ’80s.”

“Bowie surfed the Zeitgeist effortlessly like a Pied Piper and lead a generation into the brilliant unknown with each album release. Ziggy was my first discovery of Bowie’s genius and thereafter he awed me with everything he ever did.”

The record I played throughout the 1980s was…
“It was Roxy Music’s Avalon. I have loved Roxy Music since their first album. Their sound is utterly unique, but tricks you into thinking that it is familiar, it isn’t, they are one of the cleverest bands of all time, creating a whole movement of stylish cool and smooth dance-inducing music. Avalon is a super commercial album but it hasn’t sold out in any way. It is the definition of lounge cool.”

The record that takes me back to the 1980s was…
“It’s Tears For Fears and their album Songs From The Big Chair. There are easily three albums that define the 80’s Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love, Peter Gabriel’s So and Songs From The Big Chair.”

“Songs From The Big Chair has a wealth of classics that have inspired so many who followed. ‘Shout’ is an all-time anthemic great and ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ must be one of the cleverest songs of the ’80s, a decade often associated with greed.”

• Continue reading at hmv.com. Browse our National Album Day 2020 news archive.

Music Week: Toyah In New Issue – Out Now!

October 5th, 2020

Toyah is interviewed in the latest issue of Music Week magazine, in their regular feature, The Aftershow.

The new issue of Music Week is out now as we welcome the Kanneh-Masons to our cover.

Elsewhere, we speak to Blue Raincoat Music’s Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar about their bold relaunch of Chrysalis Records as a frontline label. With a little help from Laura Marling, the duo take us inside their big plans for the future…

Plus, we speak to Senbla CEO Ollie Rosenblatt about some big festival news and National Album Day organiser Megan Page reveals the exclusive releases heading our way for the annual celebration of the LP.

Elite songwriter Sarah Hudson recalls the making of Dua Lipa’s smash single Physical in Hitmakers, while National Album Day ambassador Toyah Willcox reflects on her life and times in the music business in The Aftershow…

• Visit Music Week’s website for ordering info.

Toyah on the Radio: Grant Stott’s Vinyl Collective/BBC Scotland

October 4th, 2020

Grant Stott’s Vinyl Collective: BBC Radio Scotland:
Friday 9th October: 6pm
National Album Day. Featuring tracks from some of your favourite 80s albums. Now in its third year, National Album Day 2020 takes place on Saturday 10th October.

Toyah Willcox is one of this year’s ambassadors and chooses her favourite vinyl record, Grant counts down the best-selling albums of the whole decade and also plays some of John Lennon’s biggest hits of the 1980s on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Toyah on the Radio: Big Vinyl Show/BBC Radio Kent/Essex

October 4th, 2020

The Big Vinyl Show: BBC Radio Kent:
Sunday 4th October: 8pm

Mark Punter plays the greatest hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, ALL on vinyl. Starting tonight the big vinyl show on BBC Essex can also be heard on BBC Radio Kent. Welcome all! Looking ahead to National Album Day UK on Saturday with one of its ambassadors, the great Toyah. See you at 8pm.

BBC Radio London: Toyah Interview

October 4th, 2020

Toyah guested on BBC Radio London’s David & Carrie Grant show yesterday morning. The show was guest hosted by Jumoke Fashola.

Singer Toyah Willcox looks ahead to an 80s drive-in music experience which aims to help raise money for Help Musicians and celebrating the re-opening of Alexandra Palace with Chief Executive Louise Stewart.

• Listen online to the show, for the next four weeks, at BBC Sounds.