The Birmingham Press: Breaking Point

November 19th, 2014

Hazel O’Connor recalls the famous Rainbow Theatre gig with The Stranglers from 1980 in a new interview at The Birmingham Press.

You’re touring with Hugh Cornwell now; he’s seen as a distinguished elder statesman of the music business which is a long way removed from the time you played a gig for him when he was in prison for drug possession.

“That was a night. The Stranglers were due to play the Rainbow but with Hugh in prison a few of us replaced him as singer, or rather tried to, because Hugh’s irreplaceable. Myself an Toyah did couple of songs, that was when I did Hanging Around for the first time. We were singing backing vocals on Peaches with Ian Dury singing. Toyah was dancing round the stage as she always does while Ian was scrabbling around on the floor trying to pick his hat up which she’d knocked off. Robert Smith was playing guitar as well, in his pre-make up days. I wish someone could find footage of it.

“It wasn’t so good for Hugh though – he was in prison for something he might not have been charged for now. The authorities were making an example of someone famous.”

• Continue reading at The Birmingham Press.

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Bristol Post: Review: Toyah at the Bristol Fleece

November 17th, 2014

bristolpost14aForever a member of the exclusive Mononymous Club, Toyah is perhaps best known to most today as a TV personality appearing on quiz shows and umpteen celebrity reality programmes.

To others she will always be remembered as the once wild woman of British mainstream pop who in the early Eighties broke the mould for female singers who previously only sang songs about unrequited love. Starring roles in iconic films Quadrophenia and Jubilee cemented Toyah’s reputation as being bold and rebellious further still.

Gigging consistently since the beginning of her career the interestingly titled latest tour, Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House, named after her original fan club, is a retrospective celebration spanning the 1979 release of her debut album, Sheep Farming in Barnet through to her last solo studio album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen.

• Continue reading at the Bristol Post.

Songs From The IRH: The Fleece, Bristol

November 16th, 2014

Great photos of Toyah, by longtime friend of this site Chris, from last night’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at the The Fleece, Bristol. Click below to view larger versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Chris | Photos © Chris Cox)

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Songs From The IRH: The Brook, Southampton

November 16th, 2014

Fab shots of Toyah from Friday’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at The Brook, Southampton. Toyah is holding the full set of the fanzines which my good friend Merx presented her with at the gig. Click below to view larger versions at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Merx | Photos © Merx)

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Toyah on TV: Choccywoccydoodah

November 15th, 2014

Choccywoccydoodah: Watch: Thursday 11th December: 8.30pm
Choccywoccydoodah: Watch: Sunday 14th December: 8pm
Series 5, Episode 13. Star-studded version of the show about the ultimate chocolate shop. (Thanks to Gina Glockler | Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House… Continues

November 15th, 2014

Following a great gig last night at The Brook, Southampton, the penultimate date of Toyah’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House UK Tour takes place tonight at The Fleece in Bristol. There’s been such a good response to this tour and the setlist. The final date is next Saturday at the O2 Academy, Islington. Click below for details.

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Smash Hits 80s Annual: New 3CD Set

November 14th, 2014

sh80sannual14aToyah is included on the, just released, Smash Hits 80s Annual 3CD Set.

‘It’s A Mystery’ is track 14 on the second CD of the 66 song collection, released by Warner/Universal Music.

Other artists include: Wham!, Bananarama, Duran Duran, Adam & The Ants, Madness, Soft Cell, Kim Wilde, The Human League, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Specials, Belinda Carlisle, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Yazoo. Echo & The Bunnymen, Tears For Fears and many more.

• View the full tracklist here, and a larger version of the cover here. The CD is available to buy at Amazon.

Toyah on TV: Christmas @ Vintage TV

November 14th, 2014

Christmas gets well and truly underway over at Vintage TV very soon…

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Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Friday 21st November: 9am
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Tuesday 25th November: 11.30pm
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Thursday 27th November: 9pm
Cosy up with family and friends as Toyah Willcox brings you 30 of the finest Christmas songs and a sprinkling of festive stories, surrounded by an extraordinary variety of creatures great and small.

A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Saturday 22nd November: 8pm
Presenters Toyah Willcox and Wizzard’s Roy Wood are cosying up by the fireplace with two guest artists on our new show as they talk Christmas and sing favourite festive songs. (Part 1)

A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Sunday 23rd November: 11pm
Snuggling up by the fireside with Toyah Willcox and Roy Wood for some Christmas chat and festive songs are pop rock act The Feeling and Imagination’s Leee John. (Part 2)

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Toyah on TV: The Vintage TV Sessions

November 14th, 2014

The Vintage TV Sessions: Vintage TV: Friday 21st November: 11pm
Five great acts sing two songs apiece at our Vintage TV Sessions: indie rockers The Struts, punk princess Toyah Willcox, singers Judie Tzuke and Josephine, and Nik Kershaw.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo

November 9th, 2014

It’s the first signs of Christmas over at Vintage TV, with Toyah’s 2012 festive special, Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo, airing on 21st November. No doubt Toyah’s Vintage Christmas (2011), and last year’s A Very Vintage Christmas will also air on the channel over the festive season. I’ll keep you posted!

Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Friday 21st November: 9am
Cosy up with family and friends as Toyah Willcox brings you 30 of the finest Christmas songs and a sprinkling of festive stories, surrounded by an extraordinary variety of creatures great and small.

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

November 9th, 2014

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Yesterday: Friday 21st November: 8am
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Yesterday: Friday 21st November: 2pm
DJ Tony Blackburn and punk rocker Toyah Willcox take to the road, scouring the shops of York and Pickering in the hope of finding some poptastic period pieces to flog at auction.

Songs From The IRH: Birmingham & Leeds

November 8th, 2014

Just added to Dreamscape’s Gallery, a great selection of photos from the Birmingham and Leeds dates of the Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House UK Tour. Click below to view these and more. (Thanks to Tony Ames, Mark Rogers & Ray Sears for these great photos)

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Songs From The IRH: Brighton TONIGHT!

November 7th, 2014

The latest date of Toyah’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House tour takes place tonight, at The Haunt in Brighton. To mark the occasion here is a great photo of Toyah from last month’s first date of the tour in Birmingham. Browse our news, so far, on the IRH Tour. Click below for info and ticket links. (Thanks to Craig | Photo © Craig Astley)

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Dreamscape: Toyah News Archive

November 7th, 2014

Our Toyah news for October has now been added to the News Archive. Click below to browse.

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Live 2015: Soundstock Music & Comedy Festival

November 4th, 2014

As the end of the year gets closer more Toyah dates for 2015 are appearing online. The latest is at the Soundstock Music & Comedy Festival, taking place in Chelmsford on 2nd and 3rd May 2015. Click below to visit the festival website, but please bear in mind that this date hasn’t been officially confirmed as yet.

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View our recent news on other 2015 Toyah dates at Lowdham Book Festival and Here and Now Stamford.