Official Toyah: You Tube Channel

May 24th, 2020

Toyah’s official You Tube channel has tripled its followers in just the last few weeks. This is, no doubt, partly due to some of the recent great content additions – Toyah & Fripp: The Lockdown Lunch Dances, Heroes for VE Day, Toyah & The Humans – 21st Century Schizoid Man, Tribute to Bill Rieflin, Toyah Live In Your Living Room – check all these out, and more, by clicking below.

Toyah Live In Your Living Room: Watch/Re-Watch at You Tube

May 23rd, 2020

An uplifting morning of music and chat today from Toyah, Chris, Andy, John and Mike. Click below to watch, or re-watch, an hour + of Toyah Live In Your Living Room at You Tube.

Rare Toyah: Three Piece Suite/This Situation 1977

May 23rd, 2020

Just uploaded a very early, and rare, TV clip of Toyah, from 1977 to Dreamscape/Toyah.Net’s You Tube channel. It isn’t incredible video quality but a truly interesting curiosity from Toyah’s very early acting days. This is post-Glitter, pre-Jubilee in Toyah’s career timeline.

Toyah plays Buzz in the short films/sketch show comedy series, “Three Piece Suite”, starring Diana Rigg. This clip is from episode five of the series. The three sketches included were: “Come in No. 1”, “This Situation” and “All in the Mind”. Toyah guested in “This Situation”. It aired on 5th April 1977 on BBC2. Thanks to andy.

Connect Video: A Message From Toyah

May 23rd, 2020

Give someone you love (or even just like a lot!) a virtual hug with a personal video message from Toyah! Click below for more details.

Somewhere In The Distance: Anthem

May 22nd, 2020

On this day… 39 years ago – 22nd May 1981 – the studio album Anthem was released. It still sounds as good today as it did then, and no doubt always will. Timeless! (Thanks to andy)

CATtales 60: The One With Toyah Willcox

May 22nd, 2020

A new, 30 minute, audio interview. Toyah chats about the frustration of currently not playing live, looking forward to a decadent 2020s and a busy 2021, having a diverse career, how the entertainment industry has changed over the past four decades, fighting against ageism, and much more.

Cat interviews Toyah Willcox
May 2020: My guest today really needs no introduction.

She’s appeared in the 1978 film Jubilee, and Quadrophenia the following year. Her early hit singles included It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, and by 1982 she had made two platinum-selling albums. And, after more than 40 years in the music business, she is as creatively hungry as she was in her teens.

She is a singer, an actress, a writer, a punk, rebel, and an icon…but most importantly, she’s an independent, strong woman who doesn’t take any prisoners.

• Listen to the interview at Audio Boom.

Somewhere In The Distance: Wasted Festival 2005

May 21st, 2020

On this day… 15 years ago – 21st May 2005 – Toyah played TWO sets at the Wasted Festival in Morcambe. A spoken word set in the afternoon and full live band set in the evening. The set-list was:

Hello I Love You (The Doors), Obsolete, Race Through Space, Neon Womb, Little Tears Of Love, Thunder In The Mountains, Jungles Of Jupiter, Our Movie, It’s A Mystery, Danced, I Explode, She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult), Ieya, I Want To Be Free

• The Wasted Festival began life as the British punk festival Holidays In The Sun, subsequently became The Rebellion Festival, in 2006, and is still held annually. See more details about the Wasted Festival 2005 here. (Photos © John Shepherd)

Toyah on TV: Anchoress

May 21st, 2020

Anchoress: London Live: Tuesday 2nd June: 2am
Anchoress: London Live: Thursday 4th June: 1am
Anchoress: London Live: Monday 8th June: 0.45am
A peasant girl develops a fascination with a statue of the Virgin Mary, which prompts a priest to sentence her to be walled up in the church. When she discovers her mother is to be tried as a witch, she resolves to break free from her imprisonment, even if it costs her her life. Medieval drama, starring Natalie Morse, Toyah Willcox, Pete Postlethwaite, Christopher Eccleston, Gene Bervoets, Brenda Bertin. Director: Chris Newby. (Photos © Vanguard Cinema)

Toyah Live In Your Living Room – Saturday 23 May at 11am

May 20th, 2020

Tune in at Toyah’s official Facebook, You Tube or Twitter channels for an exclusive hour of music and Q&A this Saturday at 11am. All your favourite hits and chat. Click below for the links.

Toyah on TV: Quatermass – Chapter Two: Lovely Lightning

May 20th, 2020

Quatermass: Talking Pictures TV: Tue 26th May: 9pm
Chapter Two: Lovely Lightning. The Planet People’s leader, Kickalong (Ralph Arliss), believes that the Planet People gathered at Ringstone Round have been transported—as promised—to “the planet”, but it is clear to Quatermass and Kapp that they have been reduced to ashes. One badly burnt survivor – a girl called Isabel (Annabelle Lanyon) who deliriously talks about “lovely lightning” – is found and is brought back to the Kapps’ cottage. Making contact with NASA scientist Chuck Marshall (Tony Sibbald), they learn that thousands of young people have disappeared in similar incidents at similar sites all around the world. Quatermass, aided by District Commissioner Annie Morgan (Margaret Tyzack), decides to bring Isabel to London for tests. As they make their journey, Quatermass speculates as to whether there is any connection between recent events and the decline in society.

Reaching London, they are attacked by a gang. Quatermass is yanked from the car but Annie and Isabel manage to escape. Meanwhile, a large number of Planet People arrive at the radio telescope, congregating at the stone circle on its grounds. Working some distance away, Kapp is horrified to see the light strike the area where his home is and rushing home, he finds his family gone as it was caught in the radius of the deadly light. His two friends and dog died too.

This episode originally aired on 31st October 1979 on the ITV network and was watched by 10.8m viewers in the UK. The 1979, four-part, mini series Quatermass (also known as The Quatermass Conclusion or Quatermass IV) is airing weekly from Tuesday 19th May. Stars John Mills, Simon McCorkindale, Barbara Kellerman, Ralph Arliss, Rebecca Saire, Toyah Willcox, David Yip, Alison Dowling.

• Talking Pictures TV is An Archive Film & TV Channel. Available on the following platforms/channels: Freeview 81, YouView 81, Freesat 306, Sky 328 and Virgin 445.

Toyah on TV: Sack The Stylist?!

May 20th, 2020

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s: Wednesday 20th May: 8pm
Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown!

Happy Birthday Toyah!

May 18th, 2020

Many Happy Returns to Toyah.

Toyah’s Birthday 2020: Happy Birthday from Robert

May 18th, 2020

Robert Fripp wishes Toyah a Happy Birthday.

May 18th 2020: It’s Toyah’s Birthday

May 18th, 2020

It’s Toyah’s birthday. This website has been celebrating Toyah’s birthday for over 20 years now. Here are some of our previous virtual birthday card designs. Click to zoom.

Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest: Watch at You Tube

May 17th, 2020

Toyah, and many others, got into the retro groove last night for the big 80s Lockdown Fest which aired straight into living rooms. Although free-to-view, Let’s Rock were raising much needed funds on the night for Child Bereavement UK. Watch Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest at You Tube.

BBC Radio 2: Jools Holland – Listen Online at BBC Sounds

May 17th, 2020

Last night’s debut episode of the new BBC Radio 2 Jools Holland show, with Toyah as his first guest, is now available to listen to online.

A new series where Jools and a guest explore the Later… archive, picking out some favourite moments and discussing some of their favourite artists along the way. Kicking it off is singer, songwriter & actress Toyah, who picks the likes of Bryan Ferry, & Muse, as well as discussing her work and career.

• Listen to the show online at BBC Sounds. It’s available for the next four weeks. (Photo © BBC)

Happy Anniversary & Birthday Wishes

May 16th, 2020

Happy 34th Anniversary, and a Happy Birthday to Robert. Click below for a song!

Shirley Manson of Garbage: I Love Toyah!

May 15th, 2020

Shirley Manson of Garbage, and back in the mists of time, Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, speaks for us all. I would only add, never let the snobbery of music journalists dictate your tastes. I never did.

“I owe her an apology for not giving credit where credit is due.”

This is Toyah Willcox and this is a true story. I loved her growing up but I never admitted it publicly because I knew deep down that it wasn’t considered very cool by the serious music press to do so. The worst possible thing for me at that age was to be thought of as uncool. However truth was she fascinated me and I think it’s fair to say I studied her. By that I mean I obsessed over photographs of her in magazines and tried to emulate her fabulous, esoteric style, copy her make up, style my hair like she did.

Toyah wasn’t considered very culturally “important” like Siouxsie was. She was effervescent. She had a cute little lisp. She seemed a bit nerdy and she was considered pretty mainstream. I was 15 and pretty mainstream myself but as I said, needed more than anything to appear cool to my peers so I kept my tastes to myself.

I can’t remember who accompanied me to see her play when she came to The Edinburgh Playhouse in the summer of 1982. I am assuming it was my best friend Sara. We had been besties since nursery school but I can’t honestly remember. However I DO remember the undeniable, visceral thrill of seeing Toyah on stage. This was a time before pop stars were accessible and culturally omnipresent. The impact of seeing your idols on stage, in the flesh for the first time was something immense and extraordinarily overwhelming. It was the only time you ever really got to see them move through space. See them breathe and hear them speak. I just remember the lights and lusting after Toyah’s hair and being utterly transfixed.

I owe Toyah an apology. An apology for being a Judas. An apology for sucking at her teat and not having the strength of character to ever admit it. I owe her an apology for not giving credit where credit is due. I owe her an apology for, upon discovering she was a idiosyncratic firecracker and not ice cool, withholding my love. I apologize. And I want to thank her. For everything . For being a weirdo. For taking risks. For fucking trying and not being afraid. I love you Toyah Willcox. I wish I’d declared myself publicly sooner but it’s better late than never. “Don’t want to go to school. I want to be free. I want to be me”.

SAGA UK: Toyah Willcox – Pearls Of Wisdom

May 14th, 2020

She has over 20 albums, 10 films and 40 plays under her belt, but Toyah’s biggest-ever tour has just been thwarted by the lockdown. How is she dealing with this setback, and what positive thoughts can she share with Julie Peasgood and the #notgoingoutclub?

Toyah talks being busy, not touring, the Sunday #lockdown videos, healthy eating and offers a few pearls of wisdom.

• Click below to watch the interview. See the SAGA UK preview clip of Toyah at Twitter.

The Falkirk Herald: Pop Heroes Of The 1980s Unite

May 14th, 2020

Pop heroes of the 1980s unite for fundraising LockdownFest

Some of the biggest names in ’80s pop are coming together this weekend for a special online event in aid of charity.

80s LockdownFest will feature appearances by Tony Hadley, Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Jason Donovan, Toyah, Hue & Cry, Chesney Hawkes, Brother Beyond, Five Star, Then Jerico and many more on Saturday May 16.

The evening, part of the Let’s Rock season of festivals, will be hosted by Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips. The fun kicks off at 7pm on YouTube and across all the Let’s Rock locations’ Facebook pages.The Let’s Rock season of retro festivals was due to start this weekend.

A spokesperson for Let’s Rock organisers UK Live said: “We would really like to thank both our audience and the artists for their amazing support and loyalty, and we really can’t wait to come back bigger and better next year. However, we couldn’t just leave it until then!

• Continue reading at The Falkirk Herald. See also The Hertfordshire Mercury.

Help The Horn St Albans Survive The Covid-19 Crisis

May 13th, 2020

A venue Toyah has played live at in the past, The Horn in St Albans, needs financial help to survive through the current global health crisis.

The Horn needs your help. In light of the current situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus and as instructed by the government, The Horn is closed until further notice.

As always, the safety and health of staff, customers, artists and all others is of the utmost importance, our focus now needs to be on protecting the future of the venue and doing our best to ensure staff welfare.

Like so many other small, independent businesses, we now face an unpredictable and potentially very grave future and we need your help.

Put simply: without support and action during these times, The Horn will not survive and its staff will be placed in a vulnerable financial position. We are taking advice from the government re financial help and will apply for a business loan when it goes live. But all of these measure will still fall short paying our existing outgoings and losses.

We have decided to launch this funding page to help support our staff and pay essential bills. All funds raised on this page will be used to support staff financially while trying to safeguard and protect the future of the venue.

• Visit The Horn St Albans’ crowdfunding page at Crowdfunder.