Songs From The IRH: HMV Institute. Birmingham

October 19th, 2014

A couple of great photos of Toyah from last night’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House opening tour date, at HMV Institute in Birmingham. Fans in attendance are already saying it was one of the most eclectic, and best, set lists they can remember. The tour continues at Leeds University Union this Thursday. Click below to view larger versions of these photos at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Paul Crutchley| Photos © PAC Photography)

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Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House… Tonight!

October 18th, 2014

This evening sees the first date of Toyah’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House UK Tour take place, at the HMV Institute in Birmingham. There’s been a great build up/countdown to the tour via the official website, and Toyah has added to the excitememt with teaser tweets about the set list and possible outfits: ”Running set list for 1st nite 2orrow. Its a heavy heavy gothic start……then lightens up half way. We will send u home dancing“. Wishing Toyah and the band a happy and successful tour.

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Four Tours From Toyah

October 18th, 2014

This evening Toyah’s new UK tour begins. Revisit a selection of Toyah’s recent tours: From Sheep Farming To Anthem (2011); The Changeling Resurrection (Spring 2012); The Changeling Resurrection II (Autumn 2012); Love Is The Law & More (2013) – Click on each image below to view photographs from the tours…

PROG: Simon Godfrey’s Letter From America

October 18th, 2014

prog14aIn his fortnightly column, Shineback/Tinyfsh man Simon Godfrey reflects on his new life in the States.

September wasn’t just any old month boys and girls. It was the month King Crimson came to town.

Being located right next to the sound desk, I dutifully leaned over to a woman sat behind it and said ‘That guy is bootlegging the show I think.’ pointing in the direction of the bloke in front of me. It was only then that I realized the lady in question was Robert Fripp’s wife, Toyah Willcox. I’m not entirely sure what I expected Toyah to do with this information but the 14 year old boy in me who had fancied her madly back in the 1980s, probably hoped she would fell the guy with a well aimed flying kick and then thank me with a snog.

Well a boy can dream can’t he?

The reality was a little different. Toyah looked at me with a look of utter confusion on her face. In my haste to explain what I had seen over the thunderous sound of the band, I had taken to using hand gestures in an attempt to clarify what I had witnessed. To my horror, I realized that what had been an attempt to mimic the duel microphones using my index fingers either side of my head, actually looked like I was pretending to be a cow.

• Continue reading at Prog.

IRH Tour: Countdown Days #15, 16, 17

October 17th, 2014

fivelive14bIt’s the penultimate day of toyahwillcox.com’s countdown to the start of the Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House tour. Yes, the first gig takes place tomorrow in Birmingham (Toyah has been tweeting photos of more potential outfits for the tour).

On Wednesday a selection of Intergalactic Ranch House era pamphlets & leaflets were made available via the countdown. Yesterday vintage live performances of classic singles from UK & Germany were added as ‘Five Live | Vol Two: Hits’, and today a scrapbook of articles and reviews, some rare, from the late 70s/early 80s.

• Visit the countdown/Open door 17 here.

Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia

October 17th, 2014

quad14aQuadrophenia is airing again on ITV4 next week..

Quadrophenia: ITV4: Wed 22nd October: 11.45pm
Quadrophenia: ITV4: Mon 27th October: 00.05am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone. Also airing on ITV4 HD and Plus 1.

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Drummer/Rhythm: Simon Phillips

October 16th, 2014

Former Toyah member, and all round legendary drummer, Simon Phillips is the cover star of two monthly magazines, Drummer and Rhythm, both dated October 2014. (Thanks to Lärwi)

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

October 15th, 2014

bbcplaylister14aSounds Of The 80s: Toyah’s ‘I Want To Be Free’ was included on the playlist of Sounds Of The 80s on BBC Radio 2 at the weekend, and repeated in the early hours of today – Listen to the show, for the next four weeks (BBC iPlayer, the TV and radio catch-up service, has just extended its programme availability from one week to 30 days), at BBC iPlayer…

The Talent Zone: Toyah Willcox showcased her home on Through The Keyhole: The actress and eighties music legend, allowed Lemon to roam around her home getting up to all sorts including allowing Toyah’s pet rabbit to break her rather expensive guitar – Continue reading…

Music For Stowaways: British Rock & Pop Awards 1979-1981: From 1982 (confusingly the 1981 ceremony thanks to the year numbering) onwards, the British Rock & Pop Awards were happening concurrently with the British Record Industry Awards (later the BPI Awards, and even later the BRIT Awards) – Continue reading…

John’s Look-Out: Reboot…1981 No.49… Here you go with another issue, it’s No.49 – A classic Toyah ‘Look-In’ cover from 1981 – View here…

Toyah on TV: Sky News

October 15th, 2014

skynews14aToyah is guesting on Sky News this morning, most likely for the Newspaper Review, which takes place at approximately 6.40am and 7.40am (though don’t quote me on that!).

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The Acoustic Album 2?

October 15th, 2014

The acoustic gigs have been so successful that I really need to consider doing another acoustic album.” said Toyah in a recent interview with The Argus. I would love to hear songs from Minx and In The Court Of The Crimson Queen recorded acoustically. In the meantime The Acoustic Album is available at iTunes.

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Toyah @ Twitter: WillyFred’s Got Soul!

October 15th, 2014

Willyfred, the wonder rabbit and now star of primetime Saturday night TV, has unearthed Toyah’s original Soul Passing Through Soul video outfit… Click below to see the photo at Twitter.

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IRH Tour: Countdown Day #14

October 15th, 2014

Day 14 of the countdown to Toyah’s IRH Tour saw a new Jubilee page/section added to toyahwillcox.com – Open door 14 by clicking below.

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Worcester News: Pershore’s Toyah on Through The Keyhole

October 14th, 2014

worcsnews13bPershore appeared on prime time TV this weekend as Through the Keyhole explored the home of town resident, Toyah Willcox. The 80s singer and voice of the Telly Tubbies lives in the centre of the town in a large Georgian home. She became the latest victim of funny man Keith Lemon as he explored her large home, which she shares with husband Robert Fripp.

He originally filmed the segment back in May, when he was spotted in Pershore by some locals.

• Continue reading at Worcester News.

IRH Tour: Countdown Days #11, 12, 13

October 13th, 2014

fivelive14aIt’s Day 13 of the countdown to Toyah’s Songs From the Intergalactic Ranch House tour, and the first date, taking place at the HMV Institute in Birmingham this Saturday.

Day 11 of the countdown saw some fantastic rare photos of Toyah from 1980 added to the official site. Yesterday the ‘Five Live | Vol One: Rarities’, a selection of live songs from various 1981/82 Toyah tours, was made available.

Today there’s an archive of press adverts and posters for Toyah tours and gigs, including some rare early clippings.

• Visit the countdown/Open door 13 here.

The Argus: Thirty Years Of Toyah

October 12th, 2014

theargus14aA great new interview with Toyah, published yesterday, by The Argus.

Hannah Collisson talks to singer Toyah Willcox about her music and more

To say Toyah is busy is an understatement. She is touring the UK with her acoustic and electric shows, writing two new albums, and has just finished work on a feature film.

Somewhere in between she finds time for meet and greets, learning three musical instruments, and interacting with her fans online.

The singer and actress rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with an appearance in the film Quadrophenia, and hits including It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, and she has not stopped since.

Over the course of 30 years, she has released 20 albums, had 13 top 40 hits, and appeared widely in film, theatre and television. Recent musical appearances for Toyah include a sell-out acoustic date at Shoreham’s Ropetackle Arts Centre earlier this month, and she will be in Brighton for a full-on electric show, Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House, at The Haunt on November 7.

“At the moment, this year is blowing 35 years away,” reflects Toyah. “It has been incredible; we are getting standing ovations every night…”

• Continue reading at The Argus.

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