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Guitar.Com: Robert Reacts To Toyah’s ‘Light My Fire’

September 6th, 2021

Robert Fripp Reacts To Toyah’s Cover Of Light My Fire By The Doors

While Robert Fripp is away on tour with King Crimson, his wife Toyah has been powering on solo with song covers in an off-shoot to the couple’s Sunday Lunch series. In this week’s upload, Fripp reacted to his wife’s cover of The Doors’ Light My Fire.

The fifth episode of the Love Letters series was uploaded to YouTube yesterday (5 September) with the caption: “Robert Fripp is touring the USA with King Crimson and Toyah is home alone. Toyah is keen on setting the ‘night on fire’ across the Atlantic in a new Love Letter.”

• Continue reading at Guitar.Com. Watch the Latest Sunday Lunch/Love Letters at You Tube. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Metal Sucks: Toyah Covers ‘Light My Fire’

September 5th, 2021

Toyah Willcox Covers “Light My Fire” for King Crimson’s Robert Fripp

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp is still on tour in the U.S., but his wife, actress and singer Toyah Willcox, has continued with the duo’s popular “Sunday Lunch” videos in his absence as “love letters” to her husband, with Fripp’s hotel room reactions edited in alongside Toyah’s performances.

For this week’s video, Willcox delivers a solo cover of The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” changing the taunt of song’s refrain from “Come on baby, light my fire” to “Come on Bobby.” “I’m keeping the bed warm for you,” she teases as the song wraps up, adding “the sofa and the carpet too” as Fripp expresses his admiration and amusement, quipping, “I think it’s time to go home.”

• Continue reading at Metal Sucks. Watch the Latest Sunday Lunch/Love Letters at You Tube.

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)

Tone Deaf: Toyah Serenades Robert Fripp

September 1st, 2021

Toyah serenades Robert Fripp with a cover of Patti Smith’s ‘Because The Night’

Toyah Willcox has delivered a solo cover of Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Because The Night’ as part of their Love Letters series.

Toyah Willcox has delivered a solo cover of Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Because The Night.’

Over the past few weeks, Robert Fripp has been out on tour with his band King Crimson. Leaving Toyah solely responsible for carrying the torch for the pair’s Sunday Lunch’ series.

• Continue reading at Tone Deaf.

Metal Sucks: Toyah Willcox Covers ‘Because The Night’

August 29th, 2021

Video: Toyah Willcox Covers “Because the Night” (Patti Smith, 10,000 Maniacs) for King Crimson’s Robert Fripp

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp is still on tour in the U.S., but his wife, actress and singer Toyah Willcox, has continued with the duo’s popular “Sunday Lunch” videos in his absence, with Fripp’s hotel room reactions edited in alongside Toyah’s performances.

For this week’s video, Willcox delivers a solo cover of “Because the Night,” originally written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith but best known by many for the rendition 10,000 Maniacs performed on MTV Unplugged. “Hubba hubba,” Fripp says as he watches, before adding, “I love you.”

• Continue reading at Metal Sucks. (Images below © Toyah Willcox)

Reader’s Digest: Toyah Willcox: I Remember

August 20th, 2021

Toyah Willcox is an English musician, actress and TV presenter. From fronting a band to releasing solo music, there is little that she hasn’t done across a four-decade career

My childhood was definitely privileged. We had hot water, heating, food, we had our own home, and I went to a private school.

Having a limp, dyslexia and a lisp. I wasn’t even aware of it. I was having a perfectly happy childhood until people pointed out that I had a physical difference to everyone else in the room. Then, when I was sitting my 11-plus people realised that I was not on the same page as everyone else because of dyslexia. Alan Sugar, Richard Branson—you could name a thousand people who have exactly the same experience as me and we’re doing perfectly well. I have such a wonderful life. I have overcome so much.

I wouldn’t say that that specifically made me tougher. What made me tougher was being the only woman in the music industry. My way of learning, my way of working, means that I have to just be a little bit ahead of everyone else. And I think any woman in acting or music would say, “I feel the same too.” You never arrive.

• Continue reading at the Reader’s Digest.

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch Weekend Press

August 16th, 2021

Press coverage for this week’s Sunday Lunch (Love Letters #3) with Toyah & Robert. Robert Fripp is touring the USA with King Crimson and Toyah is home alone. Transatlantic time differences and being apart is a wicked game to play for the Sunday Lunch lovebirds. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Watch Toyah serenade Robert Fripp with ‘Wicked Game’ cover – It’s the third instalment of the ‘Love Letters’ offshoot of their Sunday Lockdown Lunch series – Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp have shared the third instalment of their Love Letters offshoot of the Sunday Lockdown Lunch series, featuring Willcox serenading her husband with a cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’. The couple’s usual lockdown covers videos have had to be put on hold after Fripp headed back out on tour with King Crimson – Continue reading…

Guitar.com: Watch Robert Fripp Reacts To Toyah’s Cover Of Wicked Game By Chris Isaak – Toyah has taken it upon herself to continue the Sunday Lunch Series solo – Robert Fripp is currently on tour with King Crimson, but his wife Toyah Willcox is going strong and continuing their Sunday Lunch series. In this week’s upload, Fripp shares his reaction to Toyah performing Wicked Game by Chris Isaak – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: Toyah Willcox Covers Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” for King Crimson’s Robert Fripp – Robert Fripp is on tour in the U.S. with King Crimson at the moment, but that doesn’t mean his infamous “Sunday Lunch” cover videos with his wife, the actress and singer Toyah Willcox, have taken a pause – Continue reading…

Tone Deaf: Watch Toyah Willcox serenade Robert Fripp with solo ‘Wicked Game’ cover – With Robert Fripp currently on tour with King Crimson, Toyah Willcox has once again serenaded her husband with a rendition of ‘Wicked Game’ – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend, Across The Pond, At Home & On The Road! Sunday Lunch – Love Letters Part 3… Burning Guitars #7 – Continue reading…

Toyah & Robert: Sunday Lunch Weekend Press

August 9th, 2021

Press coverage for this week’s Sunday Lunch (Love Letters #2) with Toyah and Robert. (Images © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Watch Toyah Willcox cover ‘I Touch Myself’ in solo Sunday Lockdown Lunch video – The singer brought back her exercise bike from her and husband Robert Fripp’s viral Metallica video – Continue reading…

Guitar.Com: Robert Fripp Reacts To Toyah Willcox Going Solo In Sunday Lunch Cover Of Divinyl’s I Touch Myself – “Hello baby, I’m keeping the bed warm for you”- Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: Toyah Willcox Covers Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” for King Crimson’s Robert Fripp – Robert Fripp is on tour in the U.S. with King Crimson at the moment, but that doesn’t mean his infamous “Sunday Lunch” cover videos with his wife, the actress and singer Toyah Willcox, have taken a pause – Continue reading…

Metal Injection: Toyah Willcox Offers Cover of “I Touch Myself” for King Crimson’s Robert Fripp While He’s On Tour – Continue reading…

Metal Addicts: Toyah Willcox Sends Cover Of ‘I Touch Myself’ To King Crimson’s Robert Fripp While He’s On Tour – Continue reading…

Consequence: Toyah Seductively Serenades Robert Fripp with Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself”: Watch – Toyah has figured out a way to excite Robert while he’s on tour with King Crimson – Continue reading…

Tone Deaf: Toyah seduces Robert Fripp with solo cover of ‘I Touch Myself’ – With Robert Fripp in the thick of a US Tour with his band King Crimson, Toyah Willcox was left to her own devices with this week’s instalment of their Sunday Lunch Sessions – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Transatlantic Weekend – Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – Love Letters Part 2 – Toyah & Robert Fripp’s Postcards Home #5 – Toyah – Summer Of Love, from the “Posh Pop” album – out on August 27th! (with Simon Darlow and Bobby Willcox) – Toyah At Home & Away #1 – Continue reading…

Retro Pop: Toyah Unveils ‘Summer Of Love’

August 7th, 2021

Toyah unveils ‘Summer of Love’ from forthcoming ‘Posh Pop’ LP

The star’s first solo album in 13 years features the recent singles ‘Levitate’ and ‘Zoom Zoom’ and is accompanied by a series of music videos for each track.

Toyah has released Summer of Love as the latest cut from her new ‘Posh Pop’ album.

The ‘80s icon will drop her forthcoming record on August 27, featuring previously-released tracks Levitate and Zoom Zoom, and this week reveals a third single from the LP.

“For me, this is an anti-war song,” says Toyah. “In the original summer of love there were many wars that shouldn’t have been going on, where young people lost their lives or their minds”

• Continue reading at Retro Pop.

Toyah Live 2021: Wickham Festival (With The SAS Band)

August 5th, 2021

Toyah plays Wickham Festival this evening, as a guest vocalist with The SAS Band, for the Wickham Festival Opening Night Party. Toyah has played numerous gigs and festivals over the past 15 years with Spike’s All Stars.

This is the third time Toyah has played “one of the safest and most relaxed festivals in the UK”. In 2016 she, again, played as part of The SAS Band, and back in 2011 Toyah played a solo set.

Spike’s All-Stars featuring Spike Edney (Queen) and guest vocalists Graham Gouldman (10cc), Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel), Tom Robinson, Toyah, Madeline Bell (Blue Mink) and an all-star band.

Every SAS show is unique and Thursday 5th August at Wickham Festival will feature a fabulous line up of eclectic artists. This will be an evening not to be missed.

• Visit the Wickham Festival 2021 website.

Official Toyah: Pre-Order “Posh Pop” New Studio Album

June 28th, 2021

Following the acclaim of the recent reissues of her early, groundbreaking albums, on Friday 27 August 2021 Demon Music Group will release the new album Posh Pop by British female music icon, Toyah.

Available on CD, 180g ‘Space Grey’-coloured vinyl, digital download and deluxe CD+DVD featuring a video album. LP and CD Editions including an exclusive signed print by Toyah are also available.

PRE-ORDER Posh Pop now

In recent times Toyah has seen something of a cultural renaissance with younger female artists acknowledging the huge Influence of her groundbreaking and uniquely singular career. Last year Shirley Manson of Garbage went as far as to write a moving, open letter, apologising for mocking Toyah to friends as a teenager when, in fact, she was a fan who “sucked at Toyah’s teat [but did] not have the strength of character to admit it.” Now recognized as a pioneer who’s remained defiant since acting in Derek Jarman’s punk classic Jubilee and her trailblazing uncategorisable debut album Sheep Farming In Barnet in 1980, Toyah sees this as a turning point and validation; she’d always been able to sell out venues, always had an audience, but never the back-up, feeling that in the past women were played against each other, in an industry where men made women enemies of each other.

That the world is ready for Toyah means that Posh Pop will be justly celebrated. The most complete, uplifting pop record of Toyah’s inspirational 41-year career, Posh Pop is a triumphant album, its 10 songs encompassing euphoric partying, redemption, glam rock, interplanetary exploration, industrial grooves, revolution, the fate of humanity as viewed by monkeys and, above all, anthems. Every song here is a masterclass in pop, condensing a world of wonder into barely 40 minutes. It’s maximum pop and it’s also classier than virtually any other music you’ll hear all year. It’s posh pop.

The album was made with Simon Darlow, who also co-wrote and produced Toyah’s previous solo album, 2008’s dramatic In The Court Of The Crimson Queen. They first worked together in 1977, brought together to write songs then again five years later when Simon played keyboards on Toyah’s album The Changeling in 1982, remaining friends ever since.

Posh Pop’s additional musician is Toyah’s husband, guitarist Bobby Willcox. Provided with just a chord sheet, he was in the studio for no more than half-an-hour a week. Told to do whatever he felt like, feeling free and completely spontaneous, within a few takes Bobby produced stunning guitar lines.

Whether channelling her glam roots on the addictive Zoom Zoom, celebrating the unity of mankind on the communal Take Me Home or offering solace in the achingly tender Barefoot On Mars, the only predictable aspect of Posh Pop is that a giant hook will be along shortly.

Building from simple acoustic guitar chords, Summer Of Love builds to an instantly catchy chorus, on a deeply ironic anti-war song, exploring the concept of women on the battlefield. Continuing the exploration of serious themes, over a refrain Toyah initially started on the piano, The Bride Will Return is about the tragic bride of Beirut’s wedding day, when the warehouse blew up, catching both the moment of explosion and Israa Sablani’s beauty. Space Dance explores our burgeoning efforts to begin colonising other worlds, wrapped around an infernally catchy chorus that wouldn’t be out of place in The Rocky Horror Show.

Every song on Posh Pop is accompanied by a video that feature on the Deluxe CD+DVD Edition. All 10 videos were created and directed by Toyah during the lockdown of spring 2021 and edited by Darren Shortt, inspired by the phenomenal success of Toyah’s weekly YouTube video performances with her husband. These creatively inventive videos were lovingly made at home, in the garden and in a nearby abbey. Viewed together they present an escape into Posh Pop, journeying to surprising places, virtual worlds, and Toyah’s kitchen.

The refrain “You’re never too old to shine” from the song Rhythm In My House applies to Toyah’s life and career. “That’s absolutely the message of this album,” Toyah emphasises. “It’s never too late. Life is about the journey, from birth to your last day. It’s not about doors closing.”

Written by Toyah Willcox & Simon Darlow
Produced by Simon Darlow
TRACK LISTING
Levitate | Zoom Zoom | The Bride Will Return | Space Dance | Barefoot On Mars | Rhythm In My House | Summer Of Love | Monkeys | Kill The Rage | Take Me Home

NME: Toyah Willcox Shares New Single ‘Levitate’

June 26th, 2021

Toyah Willcox shares new single ‘Levitate’ – and talks “magical” new album ‘Posh Pop’

Get the lowdown on her Sunday Lunch session-inspired new record

Toyah Willcox has shared a new single ‘Levitate’, the first taster of her forthcoming solo album, ‘Posh Pop’. Check out the video below along with our exclusive interview with the singer.

Her first album of new material since 2008’s ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’, ‘Posh Pop’ was made with Simon Darlow, following on from his work as co-writer and a producer of her aforementioned previous album, and features guitar lines from her husband, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp – with whom Willcox has become known for Sunday Lunch video series, sharing renditions of songs by Nirvana, David Bowie, Metallica, Billy Idol, The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest, The Prodigy, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper and many more.

• Continue reading at the NME.

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Dreamscape News Archive: 2020 Toyah News

October 24th, 2020

All of our 2020 news, so far, has just been added to the News Archive  >> The archive dates back to the start of Dreamscape, which was created during 1999, as the old millennium was coming to an end, and launched in March 2000 at the dawn of the new one!

We are fast approaching 21 years online and during that time the website has been a constant source of Toyah news, releases, interviews, press, appearances, television, radio, films and much more…

Covering numerous eras from those years: Velvet Lined Shell, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, Toyah & The Humans, From Sheep Farming To Anthem Tour 2011, Calamity Jane, Toyah Solo, I’m A Celebrity and many more.

Our News Archive also has many posts from the classic years of Toyah’s career (1976 – 1999). There’s a lot more news to come… 2020 has brought many great Toyah releases and next year it’s set to continue with the Safari back catalogue being reissued in deluxe formats, as well as many live dates.

• Take a trip to the Toyah past! Browse 21 years and thousands of news posts by clicking here!

Rare Toyah Photos: Unseen 1978 – 1980!

September 12th, 2020

Band shots, solo shots, live shots! – Amazing, previously unseen, photos from the Sheep Farming In Barnet era and beyond have been shared on Toyah’s official social media spaces over the past fortnight… (Photos © 1, 3 & 4. Cherry Red Records Ltd, 2. Watkins/Astley)

Official Charts: Crimson Queen/Solo/Noise In Your Head

July 12th, 2020

Over the past year or so all of Toyah’s (and Toyah & The Humans’) releases: In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, Solo and Noise In Your Head have entered various charts – Top 100, Midweeks, Sales, Rock & Metal, Independent – compiled by The Official UK Charts Company, aka Official Charts. Click below to browse our “Toyah on the charts” news archive!

Releases: Toyah & The Humans – Four Albums on Coloured Vinyl

May 2nd, 2020

These look gorgeous! Following the fantastic solo Toyah vinyls earlier this year, come four Toyah & The Humans vinyls. All four vinyls are also released on July 3rd 2020. Click below for order links.

The three studio albums by Toyah & The Humans – We Are The Humans, Sugar Rush, Strange Tales – make their vinyl debut on 180g heavyweight coloured translucent vinyl. Strange Tales now closes with the previously unreleased 7-minute 21st Century Schizoid Man, the last track Toyah and Bill Rieflin recorded together.

The full 2010 concert album Live At Scala is released for the first time in its entirety, featuring a cover of Purple Haze alongside songs that later appeared on Sugar Rush but were not yet recorded at the time of the gig.

Radio: BBC Northampton – Toyah Interview

March 11th, 2020

Toyah was interviewed on Bernie Keith’s BBC Radio Northampton show yesterday. Talking the Toyah Solo box set, the new colour vinyl albums, Hazel O’Connor, her music collection, the Electric Ladies tour and much more.

• Toyah’s interview begins around 2hr 37m into the show and is available for the next four weeks at BBC Sounds. Read a full transcript of this interview here. (Thanks Min)

Colour/Clear Vinyls: Four (So Far!) From Toyah

March 10th, 2020

This Friday sees the release of five Toyah solo studio albums on amazing colour/clear vinyl, including two – Take The Leap! (1994), in clear vinyl; Velvet Lined Shell (2003), in purple vinyl – which have never been available on any sort of vinyl previously.

The former is a double album and the latter Toyah’s first ever 10″ release.

Also coming on Friday are Minx (1985), in translucent red vinyl; Prostitute (1988), in translucent yellow vinyl, and Ophelia’s Shadow (1991), in translucent aqua vinyl.

In the lead up to their release, Toyah has been showcasing the gorgeous new vinyls via photos and video clips at Instagram, with just Velvet Lined Shell still to be previewed this week…

• Click on each or any of the photos below for further info or to pre-order the new colour/clear Toyah albums. (Photos © Toyah Willcox)

Official Toyah: March 2020 Blog

March 6th, 2020

Toyah’s March 2020 blog is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Toyah talks Toyah Solo, the forthcoming new colour vinyls, great February gigs in Halifax, Holborn, Bacup, Selby, Stamford, Norwich and Scarborough, and more. She also pays tribute to Colin Hinds and Caroline Flack. Click below to read.

Classic Pop: Toyah, The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

March 4th, 2020

As well as giving Toyah Solo a four star review, the latest issue (No. 62) of Classic Pop magazine also reviews Toyah’s gig at the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton in January.

Before her co-headlining tour with Hazel O’Connor kicks off, Toyah runs through a brisk set that maps her career from punk icon to Crimson Queen.

Toyah Willcox is not an easy figure to pin down. From her early days as ‘Punk Princess’, she morphed into a multi-coloured pop star, before enjoying later success with presenting, musical theatre and, perhaps most unexpectedly, children’s television. Hard to imagine for those who recall her in Derek Jarman’s Jubilee or leaping about on TOTP, but there’s a generation of 20-somethings out there who only know Toyah from Teletubbies, Brum and as the lead character in Barmy Aunt Boomerang.

• Issue 62 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now. (Thanks to Minna of The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive for the scan)

Toyah on the Radio: Jools Holland Show – BBCR2

March 4th, 2020

Toyah will be a guest on Jools Holland’s upcoming BBC Radio 2 series in April.

Toyah will be talking about her new box set Toyah Solo and selecting some of her favourite music act’s performances from the Later with Jools archive. Broadcast details coming soon.

• Further info at Toyah’s Official Instagram.

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