Archive for the ‘Remember 1983’ Category

Christmas Countdown: The Vow, 1983

December 11th, 2013

Christmas 1983, Toyah was promoting ‘The Vow’, the final single for Safari Records, the ‘Love Is The Law’ album, and travelling the UK on the ‘Rebel Run’ Tour. Toyah, and the band, appeared on numerous TV shows in the UK and Europe through November and December, being interviewed as well as performing ‘The Vow’ and ‘Rebel Run’.

The TV shows included; Pebble Mill, Did You See?, Pop Watch, Saturday Superstore, Breakfast Time, Razzmatazz, The Saturday Show, Harty, Crackerjack and Judgendbund. Other shows included in ‘The Vow’ promotion were; TVAM: Good Morning Britain and 60 Minutes. rem83vow

Smash Hits: November 24 – December 7, 1983

November 24th, 2013

Uploaded to the Smash Hits Archive exactly 30 years since originally being published, the latest issue of ‘Smash Hits’. This one includes full-page songwords for ‘The Vow’. Click below to view.


Love Is The Law Month: Harty 1983

October 31st, 2013

It’s the final day of October and also of Dreamscape’s Love Is The Law Month. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the LITL related posts over the last 31 days. Of course the Love Is The Law & More Tour is still in full swing, with another three dates still to be played. To finish off here’s a really lovely interview with Toyah from Harty, aired by the BBC in late 1983, plus Toyah and Joel performing ‘The Vow’. Click below to watch at Dreamscape’s You Tube channel and view larger versions of the screen caps here. (Thanks to Andy for the clip)


Interview ’83: The Janice Long Show

October 10th, 2013

In late November 1983, just after Love Is The Law had been released and just before the start of the ‘Rebel Run’ Tour, Toyah guested on The Janice Long Show on ‘BBC Radio One’. She talked about all manner of topics, including recording the album, her plans for the future and an embryonic idea which is close to what we now recognise as the internet. Listen to the interview by clicking below.


Love Is The Law: 30th Anniversary

October 5th, 2013

Dreamscape’s Love Is The Law 30th Anniversary tribute. Dedicated to everyone who loves the album.

Sixty Minutes: Toyah on Tour (1983)

October 2nd, 2013

A short rare interview with Toyah during the ‘Rebel Run’ UK Tour. This aired on the 5th December 1983 on BBC1’s Sixty Minutes, the replacement news programme for Nationwide. It had only launched in October and went on to be quite short lived as it was “axed” in July 1984. Toyah talks about touring, new single ‘The Vow’ and there’s also some brief soundcheck footage. Click below to view the clip at Dreamscape’s You Tube Channel and view larger versions of the screen caps here. (Thanks to Andy for the clip)


Smash Hits: 29 September – 12 October 1983

September 29th, 2013

Dreamscape’s Love Is The Law Month doesn’t begin until Tuesday but I thought I’d add this today rather than wait, especially as it went on sale exactly 30 years ago. Toyah: Return Of The Rebel, there were more smaller articles, such as “Personal File” and the like over the next few years but this was Toyah’s final big double-page interview feature for ‘Smash Hits’. Click below to read at Dreamscape’s Press Archive.


• The full 29 September – 12 October 1983 issue has also just been uploaded to The Smash Hits Archive.

LITL Songwords: Time Is Ours

September 17th, 2013

‘Dreamscape’ has always been one of my favourite Toyah songs, hence the title of this website, but listening to the Love Is The Law album over the last year, I think ‘Time Is Ours’ has overtaken it. Thus I thought it deserved a little preferential treatment when doing the songwords – Think of it as a double-pager :)


• I haven’t forgotten about ‘Dreamscape’ – The songwords from last year are here. I was going to redo it to fit the theme of The Complete LITL Lyrics page, though possibly not as ‘Time Is Ours’, above, differs too.

30 Years of Rebel Run(ning)!

September 16th, 2013

Well…..30yrs on, I can still get into original Rebel Run outfit….just!” Toyah tweeted earlier today – View the full photo at Toyah’s Instagram. Watch Toyah perform ‘Rebel Run’ wearing the outfit on ITV’s Hold Tight in 1983. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)


LITL Lyrics: Martian Cowboy & New Page

September 9th, 2013

Dreamscape is compiling Love Is The Law – The Complete Lyrics (though almost all of you will already have them if you own the original album or the recently released 30th Anniversary digital edition). We’ve reached the fifth song on the album – the sublime Martian Cowboy, co-written by Toyah, Joel Bogen, Simon Darlow and Phil Spalding. Click below to visit the new LITL – The Complete Lyrics page.


Remember 1983: The Ebony Tower

September 5th, 2013

Around this time, late Summer, 30 years ago in 1983 Toyah was in the Dordogne region of France filming John Fowles’ The Ebony Tower alongside Sir Laurence Olivier, Greta Scacchi and Roger Rees. The drama, made by Granada Television, eventually aired on ITV in December 1984. We can’t look back at Toyah’s 1983 without including one of her most memorable acting roles. View promo shots from the film herehere, here and here. Read an interview with Toyah, published when The Ebony Tower aired, by Outlook magazine. Read Dreamscape’s 2011 DVD review, and view a couple of our fan adverts. (Thanks to Andi)


Dreamscape Gallery: Love Is The Law & More

September 1st, 2013

Welcome to September!! As Toyah’s Love Is The Law & More Tour grows closer I’ve created a new page at Dreamscape’s Gallery dedicated to the album, the original Rebel Run Tour and this year’s Anniversary Tour – There’s photos, official adverts & memorabilia, great fan shots from the 1983 tour and a selection of Dreamscape bits and pieces I’ve put together over the last year. Click below to visit.


• Visit Dreamscape’s other Tour Galleries: From Sheep Farming To Anthem 2011The Changeling Resurrection 2012The Changeling Resurrection II.

Remember 1983 with Dreamscape!

August 19th, 2013

All year we’ve been sporadically looking back to Toyah’s 1983: Trafford Tanzi, The Ebony Tower, Love Is The Law, The Saturday Show, Smash Hits, Rebel Run, Crackerjack, The Russell Harty Show and much more. Take a look back by clicking below.


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Love Is The Law: Available Now

July 22nd, 2013

Toyah’s 1983 album Love Is The Law is now available digitally for the very first time, marking the 30th anniversary of its original release.

Featuring the full 10-track album, plus nine bonus songs, 13 of these tracks have never previously been available as downloads. Three of the bonus songs were recorded during the ‘Love Is The Law’ sessions in 1983 and were originally issued as b-sides. There’s also a new digital booklet, with 1983 imagery & lyrics.

Full track list: 1. Broken Diamonds, 2. I Explode, 3. Rebel Of Love, 4. Rebel Run, 5. Martian Cowboy, 6. Dreamscape, 7. Time Is Ours, 8. Love Is The Law, 9. Remember, 10. The Vow | 11. To The Mountains High [Bonus Track], 12. Baptised In Fire [Bonus Track], 13. Haunted [Bonus Track], 14. Be Proud, Be Loud (Be Heard) [Bonus Track], 15. Laughing With The Fools [Bonus Track], 16. Urban Tribesmen [Bonus Track], 17. The Furious Futures [Bonus Track], 18. Stand Proud [Bonus Track], 19. Ieya 1982 {Full Length Version) [Bonus Track].

Download the album, & Toyah’s full Safari back catalogue, at iTunes. The digital album, or individual songs from it, is also available at both the and mp3 stores


Love Is The Law & More: Boxing Clever!

June 16th, 2013

We’re counting down to the Love Is The Law & More Tour with sporadic LITL related bits and pieces… so here’s another one. View a larger version of this here. Visit Dreamscape’s year-long feature Remember 1983 for lots more LITL/1983 Toyahness.

In The Fairground: Love Is The Law

May 28th, 2013

Love Is The Law in the 21st Century… An update to In The Fairground.

Remember 1983: Love Is The Law 30

May 27th, 2013

There’s a certain anticipation in the air… Love Is The Law, a wonderful album by Toyah, is about to be celebrated in style. The horns of elfin land are calling you…

Remember 1983/Happy Birthday: Russell Harty Show

May 18th, 2013

A few screen caps of Toyah looking utterly amazing when she guested on Russell Harty’s BBC2 show in March 1983. Other guests were Willie Rushton and Janet Street-Porter in a programme looking back at celebrities’ school days. Toyah’s former teacher also made an appearance. View a clip from the programme by clicking on the caps. (Thanks to Andi)

Remember 1983: The Ebony Tower

May 15th, 2013

Late Summer 1983, Toyah filmed The Ebony Tower in the Dordogne area of France with Sir Laurence Olivier, Greta Scacchi and Roger Rees. The 90-minute drama eventually aired on ITV in December 1984, with a TV Times cover accompanying it. 30 years later it’s still one of Toyah’s best remembered acting roles. View a larger version of the Dreamscape advert for the 2011 DVD release here, and the original trailer here. (Thanks to Andi)

Live 2013: Love Is The Law

May 8th, 2013

Toyah announced info about the upcoming tour in her May blog yesterday: The autumn tour is shaping up and we should be announcing the dates any day now. London, Manchester and Bristol are solid, we are now awaiting confirmation on a few other dates before we announce. We have decided to keep it selective and to main venues as I have a TV series to shoot in the autumn, but there will be enough venues for everyone to reach and to follow us around the country. The tour set will include songs from LOVE IS THE LAW, CRIMSON QUEEN, ANTHEM, CHANGELING and SHEEP FARMING, in that order of priority.

Toyah also mentions the possibility of a tour in 2014: Next year I might tour CRIMSON QUEEN, in it’s own right, especially if I can pin SIMON DARLOW down to record the follow up and to come and do some dates too. CQ is a fantastic album and it has had such a great response in the industry I’d like to give it the time it deserves. But this isn’t my priority just yet.

• View a larger version of Dreamscape’s LITL Tour teaser here or by clicking on the image.

Remember 1983: Martian Cowboy

May 7th, 2013

One of Toyah’s greatest ballads, and a standout song on the Love Is The Law album… Martian Cowboy… Will it be included in the set list of the Autumn anniversary tour? View a larger version of Dreamscape’s MC image here. (Thanks to Andi for the HQ photo)