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Official Toyah: September 2021 Blog

September 7th, 2021

Read Toyah’s latest blog at toyahwillcox.com. It includes an exclusive soundcheck performance video of Rhythm In My House with the Posh Pop band + another soundcheck photo.

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Retro Charts: Top 10 Countdown Show

September 7th, 2021

This week’s Retro Charts show is packed with legends like Toyah, Duran Duran, Donny Osmond, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton and more.

The Retro Charts show counts down the top 10 current albums and singles from singers and bands that have been around for more than 25 years. It’s the only chart of its kind based on actual sales. No, it’s not an oldies show!

This edition is for the chart week ending Thursday 2 September, 2021.

This show is owned by the chart provider, Retro Charts. Follow this channel on Mixcloud, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook@retrocharts to be notified when the new chart is released each week. The show is aired on great radio stations worldwide. If you are a radio station and you want to air this weekly show, or get a version with custom links and idents, contact us via email: retrocharts@aol.co.uk

• Continue reading at Retro Charts @ Mix Cloud.

Dreamscape Gallery: Posh Pop Tour 2021/22

September 6th, 2021

The first update to Dreamscape’s Gallery for quite a while – With the addition of a new page for the Posh Pop Tour 2021/22. Thanks again to Ian Davis for his great photos from the first gig of the tour – Please click below to take a look!

Retro Pop: Toyah Scores Highest Solo Album Placement

September 5th, 2021

Toyah scores highest solo album placement with ‘Posh Pop’

The ’80s icon has teased plans to tour the album across the UK, Europe and the US.

‘Posh Pop’ is Toyah’s best charting album of her solo career. The singer’s 16th LP, featuring the singles Levitate, Zoom Zoom and Summer of Love, debuted at No. 22 on the UK chart, beating her solo debut ‘Minx’, which peaked at 24.

It’s beaten only by ‘Anthem’ and ‘The Changeling’, both of which were released by the singer’s eponymous new wave band, of which she was frontwoman. ‘Anthem’ was a UK No. 2 hit, while ‘The Changeling’ reached No. 6. The live album “Warrior Rock’ also hit No. 20.

• Continue reading at Retro Pop. Read Retro Pop’s recent interview with Toyah.

Toyah At Home & On The Road: Episode 4

September 5th, 2021

It’s episode 4 of Toyah at Home & On The Road, as Toyah checks-in with insights into and footage from her working week, and introduces the premiere of the official video for Rhythm In My House from the album Posh Pop. Watch at You Tube by clicking below. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Posh Pop: #1 On The Retro Charts Album Top 10

September 4th, 2021

Toyah / Posh Pop is also #1 on the Retro Charts Album Top 10.

Posh Pop: Toyah’s Reaction & Thank You Message

September 4th, 2021

Toyah’s reaction and thank you message on finding out her album Posh Pop has entered the UK album charts at #22.

Posh Pop: Dreamscape Just Wants To Say…

September 4th, 2021

Can I just say… I always try to remain professional with this website, but yesterday I just felt ridiculously proud and pleased for Toyah, and yes, slightly emotional. I’ve been a fan of this amazing and inspirational artist since I was knee high to a grasshopper and know that throughout her entire 43+ year career she has worked tirelessly and never asked for or expected anyone’s praise or thanks, and yet has always been dedicated to her craft and produced such high quality work – so that’s what makes the success and the achievement of Posh Pop all the more worthy and well deserved. What a great artist. Talent will always win in the end!

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Posh Pop: Toyah’s Highest Charting Studio Album Since 1982!!

September 3rd, 2021

This is incredible news, and a huge congratulations to Toyah. As well as Simon Darlow, Bobby Willcox and the entire team who brought us Posh Pop.

The 2021 studio album charts today at #22 on the Official UK Album Chart. Posh Pop becomes Toyah’s highest charting studio album since 1982, when The Changeling peaked at #6. Warrior Rock: Toyah On Tour, a live double album – which will be reissued in the next year or so, as will the rest of Toyah’s post-The Blue Meaning Safari Records’ back catalogue – peaked at #20 that same year.

The only other Toyah albums to peak higher than this are Anthem (1981) #2, The Changeling (1982) #6 and the aforementioned Warrior Rock: Toyah On Tour (1982) #20. Posh Pop equals with, another live album, Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! (1980) which hit #22 in early 1981.

Further great news is that Posh Pop achieves Toyah her highest ever chart position as a solo artist, and the album is also #1 on the official Independent chart, #6 on the official Physical chart, #6 on the official Sales chart, #9 on the official Vinyl chart, #20 on the official Download chart and #8 on the official Scottish chart. Phew! Amazing stats! If the Album Chart was, as it used to be, simply a sales chart Toyah would certainly have a Top 10 album!!

A Message From Toyah: Watch Toyah announce the news – Continue watching…

Official Charts: See this week’s full Top 100 Album Chart – Continue reading…

Official Charts: Further down, Beach Boys boxset Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 enters at 19, Toyah earns her eighth Top 40 album with Posh Pop at 22, and a remastered edition of Supergrass’ In It For The Money lands at 28 – Continue reading…

Official Charts: See Toyah’s full charts stats on the Official Chart – Continue reading…

Official Charts @ Twitter: 10 new releases land in this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 40, including a massive boxset by The Beach Boys, Toyah’s Posh Pop, and a reissue of Supergrass’ In It For The MoneyContinue reading…

Chart Stats: Also great to consider that Toyah has had four charting albums on the Official Charts in the past two years: In The Court Of The Crimson Queen (2019) #74, Sheep Farming In Barnet (2020) #99, The Blue Meaning (2021) #59, Posh Pop (2021) #22.

Posh Pop: Click below to buy the album on CD+DVD, CD, Colour Vinyl and Digital Download. Or stream the album at Spotify and watch a selection of album videos at Toyah’s Official You Tube channel. (All Photos/Images © Toyah Willcox)

Posh Pop: Album Review by ‘Edinburgh Evening News’

September 3rd, 2021

The second great review of the day for Posh Pop, this from Liam Rudden in the Edinburgh Evening News.

Fabulous​,​ flawless, five star pop from Toyah

It’s a mystery how time has flown. I remember clearly the first time I heard the name Toyah Willcox.

I was 15, hanging around the square behind the family home in Leith when a purple-mohicaned punk called Pete appeared. He was visiting pals in the scheme and we got talking about music. He was a fan of a singer who, he claimed, could unite mods, rockers and punks. Some feat in those days.

“Everyone charges to the front when she comes on,” he said, adding, “They don’t even fight when Toyah’s singing.” The next day I headed to Ards Record Shop on Great Junction Street and found a copy of Sheep Farming In Barnet. One listen and I was hooked.

That was 42 years ago, it’s still a brilliant album as is Toyah’s latest, Posh Pop, released last weekend. Reunited with long term collaborator Simon Darlow and with husband Robert Fripp on guitar, Posh Pop is at once reflective and optimistically forward thinking.

…Barefoot On Mars, my highlight of the album, is an arrestingly emotional, uplifting​ and joyous tribute. A tear-inducing salute to Toyah’s mother, it ​will ​touch the soul of ​anyone who has ​​lost a ​truly ​loved one.​ ​A degree of lightness returns with Rhyth​​m ​I​n ​M​y ​H​ouse​, ​an easy listening ​number brought to life with ​unicorn​s​ and bubbles​, which is followed by ​Summer ​O​f ​Love and an unapologetic Sixties’ ‘love and peace’ vibe​.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News. This review is also published in The Falkirk Herald and The Southern Reporter. See more Posh Pop reviews.

Radio: BBCR Scotland – Grant Stott’s Vinyl Collective

September 3rd, 2021

It looks like there will be a track from Posh Pop, as well as a Toyah classic, on Grant Stott’s Vinyl Collective this evening, in the show’s “Then & Now” feature.

Airing on BBC Radio Scotland from 6pm.

Grant Stott’s Vinyl Collective: BBC Radio Scotland: Friday 3rd September: 6pm
Paging Dr Beat. Celebrating the vinyl revival with new and classic cuts all played from 7″, 12″ or LP. This week, Then & Now tracks from Toyah, Into The Groove with Freeez and music from Chvrches, Miami Sound Machine, The Jam and Horse.

• Listen online at the BBC Scotland website, or post-airing at BBC Sounds.

Posh Pop Tour 2021/22: First Night Photos

September 3rd, 2021

Great photos from last night’s Posh Pop Tour opening gig at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. Return this weekend for more photos from the gig, which will be included in a new Posh Pop Tour page in the Gallery of this website. A huge Thank You to Ian Davis for the photos.

Read on for a breakdown of the gig. Please DO NOT READ ON if you are going to a gig on the tour and don’t like spoilers.

Simon Darlow played at last night’s gig, but he most probably will not be at all, or maybe any, of the future tour gigs so this breakdown essentially applies to last night’s opener only! But the set-list may be similar as to what to expect, though that too may also evolve over the months/gigs!

SET 1:
Band Only
Good Morning Universe
Dance In The Hurricane
Thunder In The Mountains

Band With Simon Darlow
Brave New World
Rebel Run

Toyah, Simon Darlow, Chris Wong and Andy Nicholls (Semi-Acoustic)
Summer Of Love
Space Dance
Zoom Zoom

Band With Simon Darlow
It’s A Mystery

SET 2:
Toyah, Simon Darlow, Chris Wong and Andy Nicholls (Semi-Acoustic)
Rhythm In My House
Take Me Home
Levitate

Band Only
Echo Beach
Sensational
Neon Womb
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
Danced
I Want To Be Free

Encore
Rebel Yell

• Toyah/Posh Pop Tour 2021/22 at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury on 02.09.2021 (All photos © Ian Davis)

Posh Pop: Album Review by ‘God Is In The TV’

September 3rd, 2021

Another positive review of Posh Pop, this one from God Is In The TV.

Toyah – Posh Pop (Demon Records)

Even in her sixties and not far off her free bus pass, Toyah is still able to turn heads, as evidenced by the striking imagery on the artwork of Posh Pop, and also by the many highly entertaining videos she and her husband, King Crimson‘s Robert Fripp, have been unleashing on us throughout the lockdown period, providing some much-needed light relief along the way.

What I hadn’t expected though, was the diverse range of reference points you can hear on this, her first long-player since 2008. For example, recent single ‘Levitate‘ seems to take its lead from Roisin Murphy‘s recent splendid resurgence, all fidgety dance beats and breathy vocals, whereas the fantastic ‘Barefoot On Mars‘ recalls Bowie in its composition and is a heartfelt paean to her late mother (“Turned my back on all you valued, I held you when you died“) – it’s deep and poignant, and stopped me in my tracks – I hadn’t anticipated that Toyah was going to release one of the strongest songs in her canon this late in her career!

Elsewhere, ‘Zoom Zoom‘ is seventies rock, pop and glam all rolled up and smoked in one pipe, while ‘Monkeys‘ is pleasingly off-kilter in its delightful chorus.

• Continue reading at God Is In The TV. See more Posh Pop reviews.

Posh Pop Tour 2021/22: First Date Tonight

September 2nd, 2021

It’s time! The Posh Pop Tour opens tonight, at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. Browse all of the tour dates by clicking below.

Retro Pop: Interview – Toyah On Dyslexia Breakthrough

September 2nd, 2021

Toyah on dyslexia breakthrough: ‘Learning an instrument broadened and deepened my communicative skills’

According to the singer, music lessons helped “rewire” her brain and have helped improve “broaden and deepen” her communicative skills.

Learning to play guitar and keyboards led to a huge breakthrough in Toyah’s lifelong struggle with dyslexia.

The Summer of Love hitmaker was diagnosed with the learning difficulty at a young age, which can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.

Speaking exclusively with Retro Pop ahead of the release of her latest album ‘Posh Pop’, Toyah reflects on the profound impact lockdown had on her, both personally and professionally, and reveals lessons in piano and guitar have enhanced her life in numerous ways.

“I can now play guitar, I can now play keyboards, and it means that my communicative skills are much broader and much deeper,” she explains.

• Continue reading at Retro Pop. Read Retro Pop’s review of Posh Pop.

Posh Pop: Stream Toyah’s Acclaimed Album At Spotify

September 2nd, 2021

Stream Toyah’s acclaimed new album Posh Pop at Spotify and enjoy the singles Summer Of Love, Levitate and Zoom Zoom.

Discover Monkeys, Rhythm In My House, Take Me Home the sequel to Danced (from Sheep Farming In Barnet).

Posh Pop: The Soundtrack That Brings Us Together!

September 2nd, 2021

Toyah shares her joy at the reaction to Posh Pop.

Radio: BBC Radio Manchester – Mike Sweeney

September 1st, 2021

Toyah guested on Mike Sweeney’s BBC Radio Manchester show earlier today, talking about Posh Pop, Sunday Lunch and more.

There were plays of I Want To Be Free and Levitate during the interview, which aired in two parts.

Toyah Willcox (01/09/2021)
Mike chats to singer, Toyah Willcox, about her Posh Pop Tour 2021.

• Listen on Catch Up at BBC Sounds for the next few weeks.

Official Charts: Posh Pop In Midweeks Top 10

September 1st, 2021

Official Toyah: Posh Pop is No.9 in the Official Charts Album Chart Update today – See tweet…

Official Charts: Will Toyah land her third Top 10 album with Posh Pop? See where the album stands midweek – see tweet…

Official Charts: Elsewhere in the Top 10, Posh Pop by Toyah starts at Number 9, set to become her eighth Top 40 album – Click below to visit page…

Television: BBC Breakfast – Screen Caps

August 31st, 2021

A few screen caps from Toyah’s guest appearance on BBC Breakfast this morning. There were bursts of It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains (both Top Of The Pops performances), Levitate, and Zoom Zoom. Toyah talked about Posh Pop, You Tube, Sunday Lunch and much more! See a clip from the interview at BBC Breakfast‘s Twitter.

Posh Pop: Heading For The Official Charts!

August 31st, 2021

Very exciting news: Toyah is on course to have her highest charting studio album since 1985.

Stream/download Posh Pop if you are able to this week until the Official Album Charts are announced on Friday 3 September! Space Grey vinyl, CD and CD+DVD editions are available to order. Please click below to support Toyah and her amazing album! (Photos © Toyah Willcox)