You Magazine: Where Were You When

July 16th, 2019

Where Were You When: Ziggy Stardust made his TV debut

David Bowie’s performance of ‘Starman’ was out of this world, recalls singer Toyah Willcox.

I was born in Birmingham in 1958. My life was quite conventional by today’s standards: I went to an all-girls school, ate with my family twice a day at a dining table and wasn’t allowed to speak unless spoken to. Men led the households and were affectionately known as ‘blokes’.

Then the singer Marc Bolan came along with T Rex in 1970, strutting his stuff to ‘Ride a White Swan’. He was clearly in touch with his feminine side but was very palatable to look at. While my brother scoffed at Bolan’s satin trousers, I sneaked off from school to see him on stage – and fell in love with rock ’n’ roll.

My adolescence was completely normal until an afternoon in June 1972, when I was 14. After coming back from school, I turned on the TV to see who was singing on Lift Off With Ayshea, a music show on ITV. I was expecting Slade, Bolan, Dana, maybe Val Doonican – but instead, there was David Bowie singing ‘Starman’, in his television debut as Ziggy Stardust. It derailed me completely.

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Metro: Quadrophenia Cast Spill BTS Antics

July 16th, 2019

Quadrophenia cast spill BTS antics as they reunite to celebrate 40 years of cult film

The cast of Quadrophenia have reunited to celebrate 40 years since the cult movie was released. And what an evening it was.

Returning to Shepherds Bush, where the much-loved classic was filmed, the likes of Leslie Ash (Steph), Garry Cooper (Peter), Phil Daniels (Jimmy) and Toyah Willcox (Monkey) joined Lauren Laverne to talk all things mod. Phil Davis (Chalky), Trevor Laird (Ferdy), Gary Shail (Spider) and Mark Winget (Dave) were also in attendance to discuss the key themes of the plot, as well as spilling a number of backstage antics.

• Continue reading at the Metro. (Photo © Metro/Joe Newman/PinPep)

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Live 2019: Morecambe Carnival Festival Weekend

July 16th, 2019

Toyah will play Morecambe Carnival Festival Weekend 2019 on Sunday 11th August. Click below for more info.

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C86 Show – Indie Pop: Toyah Willcox Special

July 16th, 2019

Toyah Special – talking about her life in music and much much more

Toyah musician, singer, songwriter, actress, producer and author. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Willcox has had 8 Top 40 singles, released over 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over 40 stage plays and 10 feature films, and voiced and presented numerous television shows.

Between 1977 and 1983 she fronted the band Toyah, before embarking on a solo career in the mid-1980s. At the 1982 BPI/Brit Awards Toyah was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, which The Human League won and Best Female Solo Artist which Randy Crawford won.

Toyah was nominated a further two times in this category in 1983, which Kim Wilde won and in 1984, which Annie Lennox won. Her biggest hits include “It’s a Mystery”, “Thunder in the Mountains” and “I Want to Be Free”.

Toyah continues to tour both with her full band and also with an acoustic line-up for her “Up Close And Personal” shows. In 2018 Toyah toured her #Toyah60 show, which marked her sixtieth birthday and fortieth year in music. This was accompanied by the release of her Four From Toyah- Birthday Edition EP of new material, which charted highly in the digital charts.

In 2019 Toyah charted at #74 in the UK album charts with a re-issue of her 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen. It also peaked at #22 on the Official Charts Company’s sales chart and #7 in the independent chart. This was Toyah’s first appearance in the British album charts since ‘Minx’ in 1985.

• Continue reading/Listen to the audio interview at C86 Show.

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Dance In The Hurricane: Radio Mix

July 16th, 2019

A brand new Radio Mix of Dance In The Hurricane is out now digitally. Toyah said of DITH: “This is my favourite song which I want to be remembered by“. Click below for links.

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Official Toyah: July 2019 Blog

July 16th, 2019

Toyah’s blog for July 2019 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Click below to go there.

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Films: Give The Wings Seeks Crowdfunding

July 16th, 2019

Toyah will be appearing in the film Give Them Wings directed by Sean Cronin. The film is raising funds to complete production. Find out how to donate and about the film including Toyah talking on camera about her role in the video above.

Give Them Wings will follow in the footsteps and the success of the incredible biopic true story of Christy Brown, My Left Foot which in 1989 at a budget of $600,000 grossed $15m at the box office, Billy Elliot at a budget of $5m grossed $99m at the box office and The Full Monty at a budget of $3.5m grossed $257m at the box office. Untouchable, with a very similar narrative to Give Them Wings at a budget of $10.5m and grossed $366m.

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Toyah on TV: Pointless Celebrities

July 16th, 2019

A repeat airing for last year’s Pointless Celebrities, with Toyah and Sonique, on BBC1 this weekend. (Photo © BBC)

Pointless Celebrities: BBC1: Sunday 21st July: 5.15pm
Music (Series 11, Episode 14). A special celebrity edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman. Featuring Glen Matlock, Slim Jim, Barbara Dickson, Ralph McTell, Keith Duffy, Brian McFadden, Sonique and Toyah Willcox.

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Toyah 2019: Quadrophenia / Festivals +

July 8th, 2019

Sold out concerts, festival appearances, radio interviews, Quadrophenia rehearsals and much more. Check out Toyah’s recent happenings direct from her at Twitter! There’s a busy rest of July ahead, with four festivals, the Quadrophenia 40th Anniversary reunion and an Acoustic gig!

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Toyah on TV: Minder (All Mod Cons)

July 8th, 2019

Minder: ITV4: Tuesday 16th July: 3.40am
Minder: ITV4: Thursday 25th July: 0.55am
All Mod Cons. Arthur decides to sell Terry’s flat without his permission. Meanwhile, Terry gets a job minding at a local club and ends up getting into more trouble than he had planned for when he realises the club’s manager is on the fiddle. Starring: George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Toyah Willcox, Simon Cadell, James Ottaway, and Tony Osaba. (Series 2, Episode 8, 1980). Also showing on ITV4 HD and ITV4 +1.

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Ghost Stories

July 8th, 2019

Celebrity Ghost Stories: Lifetime: Saturday 20th July: 10.45pm
Series 1, Episode 6. Sue Cook reveals creepy encounters with a malevolent nutcracker and a UFO, Toyah Willcox speaks of a spooky apparation, and Alex Fearns discusses sinister sounds he caught on tape.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

July 8th, 2019

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s: Wednesday 10th July: 6pm
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!

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Irish Examiner: Toyah on 40 Years in Showbusiness

June 28th, 2019

The High Priestess of Punk on 40 years in showbusiness ahead of Irish gig

Always the high priestess of punk Toyah Willcox has achieved a lot in four decades. Now at the age of 60 she still enjoys ‘living out loud’ — and makes no apologies for it, writes Lorraine Wylie

In four decades, she’s released more than 20 albums, written two books, appeared in 10 feature films and over 40 stage plays. She’s also presented a number of TV shows.

But to die-hard music fans, Toyah Willcox will always be ‘The High priestess of punk.’ Between 1979 and 1981, she released three albums, Sheep Farming in Barnet The Blue Meaning and Anthem.

The latter hit the musical jackpot and as well as spawning hits such as ‘I Want to Be Free’ and ‘It’s A Mystery,’ went on to earn her a gold disc. Now, she’s ready to showcase her latest collection, ‘In the Court of the Crimson Queen,’ described as ‘a rally cry to forever living out loud.’ Ahead of her performance at the Forever Young Festival in Naas, I caught up with Toyah who told me why, at 60, she still enjoys ‘living out loud’ “I think 60 is a great age,” she tells me.

• Continue reading at the Irish Examiner.

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Toyah on TV: Trailblazers – New Romantics

June 28th, 2019

Trailblazers: Sky Arts: Monday 8th July: 4pm
Trailblazers: Sky Arts: Tuesday 9th July: 10am
Trailblazers: Sky Arts: Sunday 14th July: 4am
New Romantics. Toyah Willcox and Billy Bragg are among those examining the New Romantic movement, from The Human League and Adam Ant, to David Bowie and Ultravox. (Series 1, Episode 16)

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Toyah on TV: Video Killed The Radio Star

June 21st, 2019

There’s a repeat airing of the Toyah Special of Video Killed The Radio Star on Sky Arts early next month. This is its first repeat since premiering in August 2018.

Video Killed The Radio Star: Sky Arts: Tuesday 2nd July: 7pm
Toyah Willcox. (Series 7, Episode 6) An insight into the making of videos by Toyah Willcox, whose hits included It’s A Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains and I Want To Be Free.

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Toyah on TV: Tales Of The Unexpected

June 21st, 2019

Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Tuesday 2nd July: 1pm
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Wednesday 3rd July: 9am
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Saturday 6th July: 8.30am
Blue Marigold. Series 5, Episode 1. Dropped by her agency for her diva-like behaviour, supermodel Marigold’s mental health deteriorates. Years later, she plots a comeback. Director: Giles Foster. Starring: Toyah Willcox, Ralph Bates, Sharon Duce, Helen Fraser, Billy Hamon, Edward Jewesbury.

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Toyah on the Radio: BBCR2 Good Morning Sunday

June 16th, 2019

Toyah will guest on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday in a couple of weeks, on Sunday 30th June.

Toyah Willcox is back on tour and celebrating her 40 year career in music. Her new album, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen is described as a rally cry to forever living life out loud, proud and heard. As well as performing live in the Good Morning Sunday studio Toyah looks back over her career in music, on the stage and film.

Good Morning Sunday: BBC Radio 2: Sunday 30th June: 6am
The Rev Kate Bottley and Jason Mohammad present a show focusing on ethical and religious issues, with guests and spiritual music.

• Listen online live at the BBC Radio 2 website or post-airing at BBC Sounds.

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Daily Mail: Toyah – My Life Through A Lens

June 16th, 2019

My life through a lens: Singer and actress Toyah Willcox, 61, reveals the stories behind her favourite snaps

Celebrities share the stories behind their favourite photographs. This week it’s singer and actress Toyah Willcox, 61

1960: I love this picture of me at home in Birmingham. I’m naturally bossy and independent, and even then, aged about two, I had attitude. I never identified with being female and would physically fight my mother, Barbara, if she tried to put dresses on me. I wanted to play war and used to climb mountains and jump off cliffs. I was always hurting myself by doing idiotic things, which upset Mum a lot

1978: When I auditioned for the part of Bessie Watty in the film The Corn Is Green, I hid my bright-pink punk hair under a wig. But when I was cast and returned without it, the director wasn’t best pleased. Katharine Hepburn was the film’s main star. She would run her fingers through my hair and say, ‘I wish I could have done this at your age.’

• Continue reading, and see some great photos, at the Daily Mail.

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Official Toyah: June 2019 Blog

June 16th, 2019

Toyah’s blog for June 2019 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Click below to go there…

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Toyah Live 2019: More Dates

June 16th, 2019

Toyah has numerous live appearances coming up over the next few months, including a gig at the O2 Academy, Newcastle on 22nd June, and an appearance with The SAS Band on their 25 Riff Tour at the O2 Empire in Shepherd’s Bush, London on 14th September. Visit Toyah’s Official Gigs page for full details on these and many more.

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Toyah on TV: Carol Decker’s 30 Rock Chicks!

June 16th, 2019

Carol Decker’s 30 Rock Chicks!: NOW 80s: Wednesday 19th June: 6pm
T’Pau’s Carol Decker brings a bit of Heart and Soul to a countdown of ’80s ladies who like to rock! With Joan Jett, Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks and Pat Benatar. (as well as Toyah via the Thunder In The Mountains video)

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