The air dates/times for the fourth instalment of The Vintage TV Sessions have just been confirmed. Toyah, along with Chris Wong and Colin Hinds, will perform acoustic versions of the singles ‘Thunder In The Mountains’ and ‘I Want To Be Free’ on the show.
The Vintage TV Sessions: Vintage TV
Thu 20th March: 8.00pm/Sun 23rd March: 10.00pm
Let’s keep it live! We are proud to present our fourth Vintage TV Sessions, live from the Bedford pub in Balham, With The Struts, Josephine, Sheryl Crow, Nik Kershaw, Toyah Willcox and Judie Tzuke.
• Visit the Vintage TV schedules here. (Photo © Vintage TV/Roger Goodgroves)
This is fast becoming our favourite diary date – the chance to see five incredible acts do their stuff live from the atmospheric and intimate Bedford pub in Balham. And this month veteran singer songwriter, broadcaster, campaigner and all-round good guy Tom Robinson is hosting.
Taking to the stage at the 4th Vintage TV Sessions (20th March, 8pm) are: punk princess Toyah Willcox and her band: indie rockers The Struts, 80s idol Nik Kershaw, the gorgeous Judie Tzuke of ‘Stay with me ‘til Dawn’ fame; and acclaimed singer songwriter Josephine. Let’s keep it live!
• Visit the Vintage TV website.
Toyah’s March blog is now available to read at The Official Toyah Website. It’s a Strange Tales special, with Toyah talking about the evolution of the, just released, album. Click below to read.
The Corn is Green: True Entertainment: Saturday 8th March: 1.00pm
Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn stars as a schoolteacher determined to help the people of a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining town. With Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Anna Massey, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips, Toyah Willcox, Huw Richards, Bryn Fon, Dyfan Roberts and Robin John. Directed by: George Cukor (1979).
Dreamscape’s fanzine has a new “home” – www.ieya.co.uk – It also links to the new fanzine Mailing List/Newsletter. Please subscribe to that for a monthly newsletter update and occasional emails with info on the fanzine. Everyone who signs up at the moment will receive a preview of the cover for Issue Three and a link to a new feature on the fanzine.
We haven’t had a Classic Toyah post for a while – Rectifying this with a very rare magazine advert from July 1981, from Finnish magazine ‘Soundi’. They also published an issue with Toyah’s Brave New World image on their cover in 1982, and another full-page advert for The Changeling. Click below to see the full size advert. (Thanks to Juha Merilainen for this amazing scan)
The Humans’ third album Strange Tales has been becoming available worldwide as each timezone hits Midnight and the world enters March 2014.
Here in the UK it has just been released and is now available to buy at Amazon UK and iTunes. You can also get it at Amazon US and no doubt many other digital music stores very soon.
The much anticipated album has been previewed over the last week via a series of Tell Tales at a selection of Toyah/Humans-related websites.
View further information on the album and listen to previews of all seven songs here. There’s a new page for the album at Toyah’s Official Discography. There’s also a great page celebrating the release of ‘Strange Tales’ at The Humans fansite Sugar Rush.
Tracklist: 1. Slow Descent, 2. She’s Fast, 3. Get In Your Car, 4. Amnesia, 5. Bedhead, 6. Improbable Thing, 7. Sleep Tight
Recorded in Seattle, seven tracks make up the third album created by the transatlantic band comprising Toyah Willcox, Chris Wong and Bill Rieflin. Rieflin once again helmed production of the album. As previously stated, this third instalment in the musical adventures of The Humans adds more instrumentation into the mix with saxophone and violin featuring for the first time.
• The response to the second issue of Dreamscape’s fanzine has been amazing. Thanks to everyone who has emailed and messaged me and posted feedback at Facebook about it.
• In Print: I’ve had numerous requests for a copy over the last week, so rather than disappoint those who missed the first batch I’m going to do a, small, second and final, print run of 20 fanzines – If anyone wants a copy order here and you will receive yours by the end of next week. (This link will expire as soon as 20 copies are ordered!)
• Mailing List #1: I’ve set up a mailing list/newsletter – A Riot Of Toyah Colour (catchy, huh lol) – to keep anyone interested informed of what’s happening with the fanzine. Updates/emails will be very rare so I won’t be bombarding your mailbox with messages – Sign up here…
• Mailing List #2: Everyone who joins the mailing list will receive a first “newsletter” with a preview of the first draft of the third fanzine, scheduled for June 2014 – Get Set For Summer…
• Mailing List #3: Subscribers will also receive another newsletter at some point today with details on, and a link to, a new Home Page for the fanzine.
It’s the final “Tell Tale” today. The album will be available at Midnight tonight, in whichever timezone you are in: The final tell tale previews the album opening track Slow Descent at the album entry for Strange Tales at the Toyah Official Discography.
• Previews of each song are now available at The Humans’ Soundcloud. Visit/listen/follow.
Discipline Global Mobile is exclusively telling tale #6…. Click below to hear Sleep Tight.
Screen caps from Toyah’s appearance on Sky News Sunrise yesterday morning. She guested at around 8.15am to discuss dyslexia on the programme hosted by Eamonn Holmes. View larger versions of the screen caps and click on those below to watch the video.
• Edinburgh Evening News: Enjoy the creative genius of Jarman: Liam Rudden: Like many of my generation, it was the 1978 film Jubilee that introduced me to the work of film-maker, artist and gardener, Derek Jarman. Now considered a cult classic, it featured a very young Toyah Willcox, equally youthful Adam Ant, and starred Jenny Runacre and Edinburgh’s own Ian Charleson – Continue reading…
• Flexipop! Facebook: Toyah had a decent showing in the Top Tens you sent in for the Flexipop! Readers’ Ultimate Top 40 Singles Of The 80′s Chart with Thunder In The Mountains being the most popular choice. Released in 1981, it was her eighth UK single and not included on an album at the time – Continue reading…
• Sounds Of The 80s: View a full transcript of Toyah’s recent BBC Radio 2 interview at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive…
• Get Bucks: Bowie fan celebrates Friars anniversary after catching the star’s shirt: The exhibition also features… the classic double neck guitar used by Genesis founder Mike Rutherford, Howard Jones’s 1983 Moog keyboard rig, and an amplifier used by U2, a stage costume worn by Toyah Willcox, and Lol Coxhill’s saxophones – Continue reading…
I had to share this wonderful photo that Nigel Glockler, former Toyah drummer and co-writer of the iconic ‘Pop Star’ and ‘Thunder In The Mountains’, posted at his Facebook page earlier today, saying: Received my copy of the latest issue of Dreamscape, a fantastic fanzine dedicated to all things Toyah – if you are a Toyah fan this is a MUST have! Davie really puts a lot into this and it shows! (Thanks again to Nigel and also to Gina Giambalvo-Glockler | Photo © Nigel Glockler)
It’s Tell Tale #5 and Dreamscape has the privilege of bringing you the preview of the beautiful ‘Amnesia’ from the forthcoming album Strange Tales by The Humans. This album is sounding sooo good! Roll on 1st March! (Thanks to Craig, toyahwillcox.com and The Humans)
Toyah guested on Sky News this morning just after 8am, discussing dyslexia.
Presenter Eamonn Holmes tweeted: “DYSLEXIA. Singer Toyah Willcox suffers and fears that it’s used by parents who fear their children branded stupid or lazy. Agree / disasgree?“.