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Releases: Moving Away From The Pulsebeat 5CD

January 5th, 2024

Toyah’s classic track Neon Womb – the opening song from Sheep Farming In Barnet (EP and LP) is included on a new 5CD compilation, Moving Away From The Pulsebeat (Post-Punk Britain 1977-1981), released on Cherry Red Records on 29th March.

Neon Womb is track 8 on CD2. The collection also includes: The Human League, Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Clash, Teardrop Explodes, The Cure, Adam & The Ants, XTC and many more.

105 tracks charting the British Post-Punk explosion 1978-1981

A compendium of familiar names, underground oddities and freshly excavated historical nuggets

Featuring band-by-band biographies and detailed sleevenotes by Mark Paytrees

• Further info, full tracklist and order link at Cherry Red. NB. Browse our “Toyah on Compilations” news archive.

Echoes: Trevor Horn Talks Toyah & Robert + Relax

December 23rd, 2023

Included in the release of Echoes: Ancient & Modern is a brand new interpretation of Relax – one of the 80s most successful records in the UK. Featuring performances by Toyah and Robert Fripp. Listen or download the track now by clicking below. (Text & Image © Trevor Horn)

Audio: Children Of The Circus

November 8th, 2023

This month is huge for Doctor Who and Whovians all over the planet – It’s Who’s 60th Anniversary on 23rd November – and it’s just been announced Toyah is a cast member of a new Doctor Who inspired audio drama, released on 14th December.

Children of the Circus is a new, original, musical play (on audio) based on Doctor Who’s The Greatest Show in the Galaxy by Stephen Wyatt. Out 14 Dec, Toyah stars as The Band Of Infinite Harmony alongside a reunited cast including Sylvester McCoy (Seventh Doctor) and Sophie Aldred (Ace).

Starring Christopher Guard as Bellboy, Dee Sadler as Flowerchild and Ella, Sophie Aldred as Captain Gren and AJ, Toyah Willcox as The Band of Infinite Harmony, Ian Reddington as Delios and the Chief Clown, and Sylvester McCoy as the High Poet.

With Daisy Dunlop, Verity White, Kim Jones, Kenton Hall, Barnaby Eaton-Jones and Ian Kubiak.

Special guest appearances by Ricco Ross as The Ringmaster, Jessica Martin as Mags, Chris Jury as Deadbeat, Deborah Manship as Morgana, Gian Sammarco as Whizz Kid, Daniel Peacock as Nord, and Dean Hollingsworth as the Bus Conductor and Station Announcer.

Produced and directed by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, for AUK Studios.

• Further info at toyahwillcox.com and doctorwhonews.com. Pre-order the limited-edition 2CD set here.

The Changeling: Remastered Reissue Promo Advert/Trailer

October 5th, 2023

We’ve screenshotted (is that a word?) from it a couple of times already, but here is the full promo advert/trailer for The Changeling – Remastered, reissued, reborn…

Releases: The Changeling… Is Almost Here!

September 28th, 2023

Toyah’s wonderful, epic 1982 studio album, The Changeling is reissued on remastered deluxe editions tomorrow.

The pink vinyl and Super Deluxe Edition Box Set are sold out at Cherry Red, but recommended stockists of those formats can be found by clicking below.

Releases: Trevor Horn: Echoes – Ancient & Modern

September 24th, 2023

Toyah & Robert Fripp record Relax with Trevor Horn

Superproducer Trevor Horn presents Echoes – Ancient & Modern, his Deutsche Grammophon debut album, featuring fresh orchestral takes on 11 iconic tracks. The booklet notes feature an interview in which Paul Morley talks to his long-time friend and collaborator about how he picked the right artists to help him transform familiar songs into something magical and new.

Due for release on 1 December 2023, full release details will be announced shortly.

Horn himself sings vocals on the Roxy Music classic “Avalon”, as well as producing Marc Almond, Tori Amos, Rick Astley, Andrea Corr, Steve Hogarth, Lady Blackbird, Jack Lukeman, Iggy Pop, Seal and Toyah Willcox & Robert Fripp in tracks originally performed by Pat Benatar; The Cars; Depeche Mode; Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Billy Idol; Joe Jackson; Grace Jones; Kendrick Lamar; Nirvana and Yes.

Tracklist:

01. Swimming Pools (Drank) feat. Tori Amos
02. Steppin’ Out feat. Seal
03. Owner Of A Lonely Heart feat. Rick Astley
04. Slave To The Rhythm feat. Lady Blackbird
05. Love Is A Battlefield feat. Marc Almond
06. Personal Jesus feat. Iggy Pop
07. Drive feat. Steve Hogarth
08. Relax feat. Toyah Willcox & Robert Fripp
09. White Wedding Feat Andrea Corr with Jack Lukeman
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit feat. Jack Lukeman
11. Avalon

• Continue reading at toyahwillcox.com.

Toyah Tuesday: Toyah Unboxes The Changeling Super Deluxe Edition

September 16th, 2023

A very exciting entry for The Changeling series of Toyah Tuesday episodes is coming this, yup, Tuesday.

Toyah will be unboxing the Super Deluxe Edition of the forthcoming release of the classic 1982 studio album, which is now less than two weeks away – on Friday 29th September!

Official Toyah say: With just over 1 week to go until the release of the remastered and expanded editions of The Changeling, we get an advance sneak preview of the Super Deluxe Edition of the album, unboxed by Toyah herself.

• Pre-order The Changeling Super Deluxe Box Set & other formats.

The Changeling: Remastered! Resurrected!! Reissued!!!

July 16th, 2023

Beyond Awesome! It’s a summer of The Changeling – recalling a similar summer back in 1982, but bringing one of Toyah’s most iconic eras, and studio albums, bang up to date. The remastered and expanded album is reissued on three wonderful formats at the end of Summer 2023 – on 29th September.

• See all editions and comprehensive contents by clicking below. Pre-order The Changeling, on 2CD+DVD, neon pink 12″ vinyl LP,  Super Deluxe Limited box set, at Cherry Red.

The Changeling Deluxe Box Set: Picture Disc

July 12th, 2023

The forthcoming Deluxe Box Set of The Changeling includes CDs, DVD, bonus CD, splatter vinyl, book, postcards, print and this gorgeous 12″ Picture Disc, featuring Changeling and Brave New World imagery – another first for The Changeling.

• Pre-order The Changeling in three formats – 2CD+DVD, 12″ neon pink vinyl, Deluxe Box Set – at Cherry Red.

The Changeling: Super Deluxe Edition Box Set

July 3rd, 2023

The Changeling reissue is released on Neon Pink-Coloured LP, 2CD+DVD Expanded Edition and a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.

Produced by the acclaimed Steve Lillywhite, the album features a line-up of Toyah Willcox (vocals), Joel Bogen (guitar), the late Phil Spalding (bass) and the revered Simon Phillips (drums). The album also features guest synthesizers/keyboards from Andy Clark (David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), member of Be Bop Deluxe) and Simon Darlow. The brass section from Haircut 100 also feature on Street Creature. The album peaked at no.6 in UK Top 40 Album Chart in June 1982.

All formats presents the album in a new remaster by Nick Watson from the original mastertapes, approved by Joel Bogen, and further endorsed by Steve Lillywhite.

For the tenth release of the Toyah Safari catalogue on Cherry Red, Toyah’s archivist Craig Astley has dug the deepest yet to expand the album with a thrilling treasure trove of previously unheard bonus tracks, previously unseen footage and unseen, thought-lost, imagery.

The limited edition Super Deluxe Edition box set is the ultimate celebration of the hit album and brings together:

The expanded deluxe & remastered 2CD+DVD with an exclusive outtake front cover and alternate images inside (than the standalone 2CD+DVD)

• A BONUS CD of a further 18 previously unreleased and remastered tracks
• THE CHANGELING album on 12” PICTURE DISC LP – first ever picture disc version with rare outtake artwork
• THE CHANGELING|WORKS IN PROGRESS on 12” Pink/Blue Splatter Coloured Vinyl LP
• 44-PAGE BOOK of Changeling anecdotes, lyrics & poetry by Toyah Willcox with rare & unseen imagery
• 12” x 12” ARTWORK PRINT
• 4 COLOUR POSTCARDS

STRICTLY LIMITED Whilst stocks last!

The first 500 orders of the Super Deluxe Edition of The Changeling from Cherry Red Records website will EXCLUSIVELY include a CD single of Brave New World.

This exclusive 6-track CD single comes in a full colour wallet with a colour picture CD disc artwork with 6 remastered tracks that appear only on the CD single.

• This includes the Single Version of Brave New World and an unheard Work in Progress Instrumental version.

• A previously unreleased Full Length Version presents the full unadulterated, unsegued and unedited track for the first time.

• The single Ieya 1982 rounds-off the CD single. Released as the follow-up to Brave New World, the re-recording was Simon Phillips’ final studio recording with the band.

• Full release info and tracklist at toyahwillcox.com. Pre-order The Changeling from Cherry Red Records.

The Changeling: Neon Pink Vinyl LP

July 3rd, 2023

The Changeling reissue is released on Neon Pink-Coloured LP, 2CD+DVD Expanded Edition and a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.

The Changeling will also be available on strictly limited edition Neon Pink coloured vinyl, reflecting the striking colour of Toyah’s ethereal hair from the back cover and Brave New World video. The vinyl is the original 10-track album running order in its new 2023 remaster by Nick Watson.

A new colour inner bag design features rare imagery plus an additional 4-page facsimile of the LP’s original insert contains the lyrics to all 10 songs on the album plus additional poetry by Toyah Willcox.

An exclusive colour postcard of an unseen Toyah image is available while stocks last exclusively from Cherry Red.

• Full release info and tracklist at toyahwillcox.com. Pre-order The Changeling from Cherry Red Records.

The Changeling: Expanded Deluxe 2CD+DVD

July 3rd, 2023

The Changeling reissue is released on Neon Pink-Coloured LP, 2CD+DVD Expanded Edition and a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.

The 2CD+DVD features 31 bonus tracks are distributed across the two audio discs, including 20 previously unreleased tracks, and a further three previously unavailable on any CD.

An exclusive colour postcard of an unseen Toyah image is available while stocks last exclusively from Cherry Red. The image is different to the LP postcard.

CD1 includes two finished outtakes from the album sessions, B-Side Warrior Rock and the unused Paradise Child. The long-sought after re-recording of Dawn Chorus, previously only available on a BBC television appearance makes its CD debut.

The eight remastered tracks that featured on Cherry Red’s expanded vinyl release of EP Four More From Toyah also make their CD debut. This includes the previously unreleased tour intro Go Berserk and a re-recording of I Want To Be Free, a try-out for the digital recording equipment subsequently used for The Changeling.

CD2 contains 20 previously unheard tracks, an alternate run-through of the full album sequence all in revealing ‘work in progress’ variations courtesy of archive mastertapes and Joel Bogen’s cassette archive. These includes significantly alternate vocals on Brave New World, Creepy Room and Castaways, the latter with an entirely different lyric. Many tracks feature placeholder keyboards from Joel Bogen before Andy Clark and Simon Darlow joined the album sessions. A completely unused instrumental outtake also appears.

Joel Bogen’s previously unheard home Portastudio demos that include Phil Spalding on bass show the embryos that the songs on The Changeling and Four More From Toyah developed from.

In the 24-page booklet Toyah Willcox provides a brand-new introduction alongside a special dedication to the late Phil Spalding by Toyah band co-founder/guitarist Joel Bogen. Plus an extensive sleevenote from Craig Astley.

• Full release info and tracklist at toyahwillcox.com. Pre-order The Changeling from Cherry Red Records.

Releases: Official Toyah Announce The Changeling 2023

July 1st, 2023

Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride… said Toyah in this morning’s Toyah At Home announcement special!

Cherry Red Records will release the remastered reissue of Toyah’s 1982 Silver-certified album The Changeling on Friday 29 September 2023.

The Changeling reissue is released on Neon Pink-Coloured LP, 2CD+DVD Expanded Edition and a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.

An official pre-order link will be made available on Monday by email.

• See full comprehensive release details, tracklisting for each format, imagery, and much more at toyahwillcox.com. See also – Further information at the Music section of the official Toyah website. NB: Dreamscape will be posting more about this incredible release over the next few days.

Reviews: Sheep Farming In Barnet – Black Vinyl

June 29th, 2023

A comprehensive review of Sheep Farming In Barnet, by Spectrum Culture. The album was released on 140g black vinyl on 16th June.

Toyah: Sheep Farming in Barnet

Toyah Willcox is much beloved in the UK as a broadcaster/national treasure, a standing which has only been reinforced by her YouTube videos with husband Robert Fripp. Back in the early ‘80s, she and her self-titled band were genuine pop stars too, scoring three Top 10 singles, plus another 10 or so that charted. And yet, though she’s been famous for the past 40 years and has never gone away, her music isn’t much considered compared to many of her post-punk/new wave/new romantic peers. By the time the Toyah’s debut, Sheep Farming in Barnet – initially an EP, and then extended into an album for its European release – came out in 1979, Willcox was already a familiar face and well-known personality on the punk scene and had appeared in a high-profile acting role in Derek Jarman’s 1978 film Jubilee, so there was an element of skepticism in the critical response to the album. But like Jubilee itself, Sheep Farming… is definitively an artifact of its time, and as interesting as it is typical.

The sound of Toyah in 1979 was definitely new wave, but it was a colorful, flamboyant and theatrical new wave, rather than the chilly, bleak and wiry post-punk of peers like the Cure or Wire. At times – also typical of the period – there’s a noticeable Roxy Music and Bowie influence and the band (Toyah, plus guitarist Joel Bogen, Peter Bush and Keith Hale on synths, bass player Mark Henry and drummer Steve Bray – were accomplished enough musicians to stray far outside of the standard three-chord punk template for the majority of the album’s tracks.

• Continue reading at Spectrum Culture. Browse Dreamscape’s Sheep farming In Barnet news archive.

Official Toyah: The Changeling Announcement

June 27th, 2023

The Changeling Toyah At Home announcement on Saturday 1 July

You’ll want to be “sitting comfortably” when you tune in to Toyah At Home at 11am on Saturday 1 July 2023.

It’s a special episode as Toyah will be announcing details of the much-anticipated reissue of the classic 1982 album “The Changeling” on Cherry Red Records. The Changeling can be pre-ordered from 10am on Monday 3 July 2023.

For collectors it’s worth marking your calendar now to secure limited edition exclusives from Cherry Red’s webshop!

• Continue reading at toyahwillcox.com. (Image © Toyah Willcox/Cherry Red)

Releases: Toyah – Live At Drury Lane (Trailer 2)

May 16th, 2023

Out Now! Toyah – Live At Drury Lane. Packaged as a special CD/DVD edition or a semi-transparent pink 12″ double vinyl, these editions mark the first time the stereo audio has been released. Find out more at Cherry Red.

Releases: Toyah – Live At Drury Lane (Trailer 1)

May 16th, 2023

Out Now! Toyah – Live At Drury Lane. Packaged as a special CD/DVD edition or a semi-transparent pink 12″ double vinyl, these editions mark the first time the stereo audio has been released.

Drury Lane Preview: Urban Tribesmen / Live in Milan

May 8th, 2023

A slideshow video with the previously unreleased vintage concert performance of the song Urban Tribesmen live in Milan, 15 Dec 1981. This is a bonus track is from the forthcoming live CD+DVD Live At Drury Lane, released on 12 May by Cherry Red.

Preview: Live At Drury Lane – We Are

April 30th, 2023

A new taster of the remastered Toyah Live At Drury Lane is out now… the mighty “We Are”!

• Stream/download now by clicking below. Pre-order LADL on CD+DVD or 2LP vinyl at Cherry Red.

Releases: Jungles Of Jupiter – New Digital LADL Preview

April 16th, 2023

Out now digitally, the newly remastered Jungles Of Jupiter / Live At Drury Lane ahead of the 12 May release of the full legendary Christmas Eve ‘81 concert. Listen now by clicking below.

Super Deluxe Edition: Live At Drury Lane

April 12th, 2023

Toyah / Live at Drury Lane
First time on CD, LP and DVD

Cherry Red continue their Safari-era Toyah reissues with Live at Drury Lane, a concert performance from December 1981.

This was broadcast live on the BBC for The Old Grey Whistle Test on Christmas Eve in 1981 and was ‘simulcast’ (as they used to call it) in stereo on BBC Radio One. Live at Drury Lane was never issued on vinyl, CD or cassette but was released as an edited VHS (called ‘Good Morning Universe’) in 1982.

This new reissue is available as a CD+DVD combo pack or as a 2LP set on pink vinyl. The CD contains all 13 songs performed on the night plus three bonus audio tracks recorded live in Milan from earlier on that same Winter Tour. The DVD reinstates ‘War Boys’ and ‘Victims of The Riddle’ which were missing from the VHS, but performed on the night.

• Continue reading at Super Deluxe Edition. Pre-Order Live At Drury Lane on CD+DVD or 2LP at Cherry Red.