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NME: Toyah & Robert’s 10 Best Lockdown Covers

April 2nd, 2021

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp’s 10 best lockdown covers – ranked!

Look, we’ve all been doing what we can to get by in the past 12 months, haven’t we?

When quarantine hit, many artists responded by covering songs that tried to reflect the solemnity of the situation. Gal Gadot put together an all-star tone-deaf Band Aid take on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, which was about as welcome as a Winston Mumford’s Book Of The Month club.

So you have to admire pop star and actor Toyah Willcox, who channelled the Blitz (Kid) spirit, raided the dressing up box and persuaded her husband, King Crimson prog-rock totem Robert Fripp, into performing increasingly outlandish 90-second versions of classic hits such as Alice Cooper’s ‘Poison’ and Guns ‘N Roses‘ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, accessorising with nurse outfits or dinosaur costumes for their weekly Sunday Lockdown Lunch series.

• Continue reading at the NME.

Toyah & Robert’s Weekend Of Wonder

March 30th, 2021

Toyah & Robert’s weekend of wonder: Toyah At Home; Season 2, Episode 12, the latest Agony Aunts; and Sunday Lunch, Toyah, Robert and a mysterious stranger ask for ” All Your Lovin”.

Toyah & Robert: New Photos!

March 26th, 2021

Great new photos of Toyah and Robert. See larger versions of both at Toyah’s official Instagram and Twitter. (Photos © Toyah Willcox)

Rolling Stone: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Interview

March 25th, 2021

Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox on Their Viral Quarantine Videos: ‘We’re in This With You’

King Crimson’s guitarist and his pop-star wife on what inspired them to cover everything from “Enter Sandman” to “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and what everyone got wrong about their ‘Swan Lake’ tutu dance

“My wife is a force of nature and my wife leads the way,” Robert Fripp says of his partner and quarantine-video collaborator Toyah Willcox.

On April 5th, 2020, music fans stuck in their homes and cruising the web for diversions were greeted with one of the most unusual sights in a season filled with them: King Crimson auteur Robert Fripp and his wife, singer and actress Toyah Willcox, both elegantly dressed and dancing to Bill Haley and the Comets’ early rock anthem “Rock Around the Clock.”

Filmed on Willcox’s iPhone in the kitchen of the couple’s home near Birmingham, England, the head-scratching clip launched one of the year’s least likely and most talked-about viral series. Every Sunday since, “Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch” (sometimes called a “Lockdown Lunch”) has presented a new clip of the couple having quick, good-natured fun at home. The ever-upbeat Willcox sings and vamps (while wearing a variety of costumes, from workout suit to cheerleader costume) while a deadpan Fripp accompanies her on electric guitar.

• Continue reading at Rolling Stone. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Robert & Toyah Cover Motorhead Classic

March 22nd, 2021

Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox cover Motörhead classic

The latest episode of Sunday Lockdown Lunch is here

King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox have shared another cover in their weekly lockdown series, this time tackling a Motörhead classic. The pair began the Sunday Lockdown Lunch covers series last year and have shared their own takes on tracks by the likes of Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Foo Fighters and more.

For this week’s video, Willcox dressed in a maid’s outfit and dealt cards into the gust of a fan. Fripp, meanwhile, sat to her side playing the guitar as she sang.

• Continue reading at the NME. See also Classic Rock/Louder, Kerrang and Metal Sucks.

Releases: Miniatures 2020/Future Dreaming

March 22nd, 2021

A new Toyah track with Simon Darlow and Bobby Willcox features on the album release Miniatures 2020. The track Future Dreaming is what Simon Darlow describes as a “theatre production in 3 parts that had to fit in a minute … from star birth to the peace of the infinite.”

Former Mott The Hoople keyboardist Morgan Fisher released an obscure underground album in 1980 called “Miniatures”. It was effectively a collection of 52 “miniature masterpieces”, i.e. tracks of one minute length or less by a myriad of music legends and cult figures. Although at the time, the album flew pretty much below the radar it has over the years had a lasting and continually growing influence.

• Continue reading at toyahwillcox.com.

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: The Ace Of Spades

March 21st, 2021

Toyah and Robert brightened up Sunday afternoon with a cover of Motorhead’s amazing The Ace Of Spades. No doubt Lemmy was there in spirit! Click below to watch. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Official Toyah: November 2020 Blog

November 5th, 2020

Toyah’s November 2020 blog is available at toyahwillcox.com.

Music Radar: Toyah & Robert Cover Paranoid

November 3rd, 2020

Is this Black Sabbath cover by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah the oddest tribute of 2020?

The duo perform Paranoid… in a prison

Robert Fripp… visionary, eccentric, King Crimson mastermind and now performer of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid on his Fernandes Custom Gold guitar in a prison while wearing fake tattoos.

And his wife of 34 years, musician / actress / author Toyah Willcox, is singing it while behind bars. It’s the latest instalment of the couple’s wonderfully imaginative lockdown videos that have also included Fripp playing Deep Purple’s ubiquitous Smoke On The Water next to a lake while Wilcox dances dressed as a cheerleader (see below).

We say bring it on, it’s not like 2020 isn’t bizarre enough already.

• Continue reading at Music Radar. See also Guitar World.

Louder: Watch A Tattooed Robert Fripp…

November 2nd, 2020

Watch a tattooed Robert Fripp play Black Sabbath in a prison cell while Toyah dances

You heard us right: Watch a tattooed Robert Fripp play Black Sabbath’s Paranoid in a prison cell while Toyah dances

Imagine: you wake up from a coma in November 2020. You’ve been asleep since Christmas, so you’re entirely unaware of the year’s contents. You don’t know about the virus, or the lockdowns, or that Liverpool are champions and that everything’s been cancelled.

You grab your smartphone, and you log into Facebook to check out what’s been happening in your absence. And the first thing you see is a video of a heavily tattooed Robert Fripp. The King Crimson mastermind is alone sitting in a prison cell, playing Black Sabbath’s Paranoid on a Les Paul. In the background stands his wife of 34 years, the adventurous pop star Toyah Willcox. She dances, and at the point where Ozzy Osbourne would normally start singing, she sings.

• Continue reading at Louder.

Toyah & Robert’s Paranoid Halloween Sunday Lunch

November 1st, 2020

The Halloween vibes have seeped over into Toyah & Robert’s somewhat ‘Paranoid’ Sunday Lunch. Enjoy…..

Happy Halloween From Toyah & Robert

October 31st, 2020

Toyah and Robert invite you to their Halloween Party… (Caps from a video that is © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah & Robert’s Agony Aunts – Episode #15 – Halloween 2020

October 31st, 2020

Happy Halloween. More of your social, emotional and music tuning predicaments are addressed with care and attention by the deeply unqualified Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp.

DGM Live: Spraying Burning Guitar

October 28th, 2020

RF: Bobby Willcox was invited to rock out with Toyah and Simon Darlow for their new album. So, sprayed some burning guitar over a remorseless stomper that got the guitarist bouncing…

RF: There have been some online simperings of approval for the slippers worn by Bobby Willcox at yesterday’s session for Toyah & Simon Darlow’s new album. Regrettably, for one keen to suck up all appreciative comments even and especially where underserved, these colourful accessories for any session player’s calceamental turnout were provided by Studio Darlow, in a manner simply understood by anyone who has entered a Japanese home.

• Continue reading at DGM Live. (Photo © Toyah Willcox/Robert Fripp/DGM Live)

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: There’s No Smoke Without Water

October 25th, 2020

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch is by the water this week.

Dear Toyah & Robert: Agony Aunts Episode #14

October 24th, 2020

More of your social, emotional and music tuning predicaments are addressed with care and attention by the deeply unqualified Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp. Premieres today at 6pm.

Introducing: Handwritten By Toyah & Robert

October 18th, 2020

Introducing personalised artworks handcrafted by Toyah – especially for you, a friend, partner, family member or the diehard Toyah fan in your life. Order a Personalised Artwork by Toyah or a Personalised Aphorism by Robert Fripp by clicking below.

Toyah Willcox & Robert Fripp present the ultimate personalised gift idea especially for their fans.

Toyah will create a piece of artwork for you including a hand-written snippet from your favourite Toyah song. Robert will hand-write an Aphorism from a set list of his own favourites, and will also include a piece of handmade art to accompany his words. Both of these unique items will be signed and can be personalised.

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: The Prog Rock Mating Dance

October 18th, 2020

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch presents the Prog Rock Mating Dance.

Dear Toyah & Robert: Agony Aunts Episode #13

October 18th, 2020

More of your social, emotional and music tuning predicaments are addressed with care and attention by the deeply unqualified Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp.

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: You Really Got Me

October 12th, 2020

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch brings a song with a view….

Dear Toyah & Robert: Agony Aunts Episode #12

October 12th, 2020

More of your social, emotional and music tuning predicaments are addressed with care and attention by the deeply unqualified Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp.