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PhilMarriott.Net: An Interview With Matt Dangerfield

October 1st, 2020

A new interview with Matt Dangerfield, who produced Toyah’s first single of the 1980s, Bird In Flight/Tribal Look.

Early in February 1980, Dangerfield produced labelmate Toyah’s ‘Bird in Flight’ single, just a year before they broke the mainstream with the Four From Toyah E.P. This extended play release featured ‘It’s A Mystery’, which became the breakthrough hit for the band, fronted by singer-songwriter Toyah Willcox.

The reason I was brought in to produce that single was to get her airplay. She was having lots of publicity and everybody was interested in her, but the music wasn’t very radio-friendly“.

‘Bird in Flight’ wasn’t featured on an album release at the time, although it was added to the 2002 reissue of Toyah’s debut album Sheep Farming In Barnet, and was also included on the 2005 compilation The Safari Singles Collection Part 1: 1979-1981.

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PhilMarriott.Net: Toyah Kickstarts Safari Back Catalogue Remasters

September 14th, 2020

Sheep Farming In Barnet: Toyah Kickstarts Her Safari Back Catalogue Remasters With Expanded Debut Album

A year before their breakthrough hit single, Four From Toyah, and its leading new wave anthem ‘It’s A Mystery’ (which rose to number 4 in the charts in 1981), Toyah – fronted by the vivacious lead singer Toyah Willcox – released their debut album, Sheep Farming In Barnet.

Six tracks from the album were initially released in 1979, surfacing as an extended EP, dubbed an ‘Alternate Play’ (AP) record.

Fast forward to 2020 and Toyah has teamed up with Cherry Red Records to announce the long-awaited newly remastered and expanded release of Sheep Farming In Barnet, which kickstarts a reissue programme of Toyah’s entire Safari Records catalogue.

Sheep Farming In Barnet will be reissued on 4 December 2020 as a limited edition white vinyl LP and expanded 2CD+DVD package. Limited quantities of both formats come with a different design postcard signed by Toyah.

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Marriott Meets Toyah: 2019 Interview

April 14th, 2019

pmarriottnet19aToyah: “There’s a common theme on my new album: how grief makes us better people. It makes our hearts stronger.”

Celebrating over four decades in music, Toyah this week releases a new studio reworking of her 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen.

Written and arranged by Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen has been newly recorded and mastered with the added bonus of extra tracks. The album’s 15 tracks explore life, love, empowerment and wonderment.  

In 1977, whilst playing the part of Emma in Tales From The Vienna Woods at The National Theatre, 18-year old Willcox formed a band. After several line-up changes, they spent a brief period under the name Ninth Illusion, without recording any music. The following year, the band – comprising of Joel Bogen (lead guitar), Pete Bush (keyboards), Dave Robin (drums), and Windy Miller (bass) – decided on naming the group Toyah.

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Toyah Willcox Interview 2019: Marriott Meets Toyah

April 12th, 2019

Phil Marriott spoke to 80s punk pop icon Toyah Willcox to find out more about her new album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’: her collaboration with long-time co-wroter Simon Darlow, who worked on her albums ‘Love Is The Law’ and ‘Minx’. Watch below or at You Tube.

Radio: In The Court Of The Crimson Queen Interviews

April 8th, 2019

crimsonqueen19yMore In The Court Of The Crimson Queen radio interviews from Toyah over the past few days:

Celebrity Radio: Alex Belfield: 29.03.2019 – Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Toyah Willcox TV Interview 2019… Toyah Willcox has an instantly recognisable voice and has been one of the UK’s biggest stars for decades. Toyah hits the road in 2019 to celebrate and perform material from her newly re-imagined double album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, released by Edsel Records. Watch at Celebrity Radio.

BBC Hereford & Worcester: BBC Music Introducing: 07.04.2019 – Pershore’s Toyah is releasing her brand new album this week, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen. The actor and singer claims this is her ‘finest work to date’ having now been in the public spotlight for 42 years. Toyah will perform material from the new album live on tour throughout 2019 with more than 50 confirmed dates, including a Scottish tour in April, summer festivals including stops in Dublin, Bali and Belgium, and an autumn/winter tour of major UK cities. Listen at BBC Sounds for the next month.

Gaydio: Phil Marriott: 07.04.2019 – Toyah talks about her new album. Jarman, Boy George, not fitting gender stereotypes, her love of horror, Kate Bush, her weird dreams of tidal waves – all areas covered! – If you missed the interview airing, fear not! To celebrate the new album release WATCH an uncut and extended VIDEO at www.philmarriott.net.

Gaydar Radio: Toyah Interview

March 19th, 2012

DJ Phil Marriott announced today that he will be interviewing Toyah later this week.

There’s no confirmation as yet where or when the interview will air but it will possibly be on Phil’s ‘Gaydar Radio’ show.

The show airs from 6-10pm each weeknight on the station and can be listened to, at their website, here.

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