• A rare shot from a well-known 1978 Toyah photo session has appeared online. It was used as a “pin-up” in Issue 16 of the fanzine Ripped and Torn in January 1979. Photos from this session were most famously used on the cover of, and inside, ‘Record Mirror’, also in January 1979.
• Lärwi has compiled a great video to mark the 30th anniversary of ‘The Changeling’ and ‘Warrior Rock’, with music from 1982 and visuals from 2012. View it at You Tube.
• ‘Ieya’ is included in ‘The Epileptic Gibbon Podcast Music Show’ in their 77th podcast: “Episode 77: The Far Distant Dead”. View here.
• Tommy’s Garage: Toyah Willcox, Pioneer of Punk + New Wave: She’s an incredible woman and artist. We Love Toyah!
• The Changeling Resurrection 2012′: Autumn Tour: Numerous dates for the Autumn tour are already all over the internet. No point in mentioning them here until they are officially confirmed. This one, however, at Rechabite Hall, Telford (a new venue), is worth a look. Their flyer is full of great bands.
To mark what would have been director Derek Jarman’s 70th birthday, Nottingham Contemporary Arts Centre are showing Jubilee on 5th June at The Space.
Derek Jarman Jubilee (1978): Honouring the name behind the Jarman Award in what would have been his 70th year we are screening a film that many regard as Derek Jarman’s first masterpiece. In Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth I is transported to a bleak, broken Britain – where violence and anarchy reign and Buckingham Palace is a recording studio for punk musicians. Serving to upset and unnerve the conventional cinemagoer, Jubilee defines the confrontational abandon of punk cinema.
• View further info here and here.
Toyah, just arriving in Manchester, this morning ahead of tonight’s gig at The Ruby Lounge. Pictured with Paul Lomas and Michael O’Brien. (Thanks to Paul for the photos)
Amazing photos of Toyah from ‘The Changeling Resurrection’ Robin2, Wolverhampton gig on Saturday night. These have all been added to the TCR tour gallery. Toyah tweeted yesterday: “Wolverhampton….amazing! Loveliest crowd. Brave New World sent shivers down my spine“. This evening Toyah brings ‘The Changeling Resurrection’ to The Ruby Lounge in Manchester. It’ll be another great gig! (Thanks to PaulCrutchley/PAC Photography for the photos)
‘Bird in Flight’ at The Robin2, Wolverhampton on Saturday. (Thanks to popsikate)
Toyah was interviewed on ‘The Bridge 102.5′ on Saturday morning on The Nick Alatti Show.
Nick asked Toyah about Lady Gaga and that some have said she was the forerunner to her. Toyah said: “If you look at something in a compartment, nothing is new. Lady Gaga is completely different to what I’m doing, but I was doing it 30 years ago. I suppose I’ve always used image to go hand in hand with my music. It’s important to me. The music compliments the imagery as well. It’s something I’ve always been interested in. I don’t go onstage in a little black dress or a demure little cocktail dress, I’ve always gone onstage and made a statement”.
Toyah also said that ‘The Changeling Resurrection’ tour was structured with “four day breaks” to enable her to be able to sing the songs with her voice in peak condition.
• Not sure if Lady Gaga has been influenced by Toyah’s visuals, I’d say the creative team working with Katy Perry have plundered Toyah’s visuals far more. Has to be said, though, that the intro vocals to Gaga’s Government Hooker do sound more Toyah than Toyah.
An excellent review of last night’s ‘Changeling Resurrection’ gig at The Robin2, Bilston, Wolverhampton. Thanks to Rob Cope for taking the time to review the gig for Falling To Earth.
Toyah’s return to Wolverhampton (well Bilston if we are being accurate) with her Changeling Resurrection tour was always going to be a special date for her strong army of Midlands admirers. Looking around the room and the amount of Toyah T-shirts in attendence was proof enough that the faithful were in town, and I have to say as a forty-something even I was feeling quite youthful looking around at some of the audience !!!
Andi Fraggs proved great as Toyah’s official tour support emerging as one of the ‘Sisterhood Of Khan’ (classic Doctor Who fans will get the reference) and proceeding to don a different look for each of the songs he performed. A promising talent indeed.
Another three bands followed (two excellent, one dreadful) before it was time for The Changeling to emerge… As ever with Toyah she gave 110% to the night from the opening ‘Good Morning Universe’ to the closing riot of ‘IEYA’ (what else ?). But of course it was in celebration of The Changeling album and it’s live sister Warrior Rock, that we had come to hail.
• Read the full review here. (Thanks to Rob Cope & to PAC Photography for the fantastic Toyah photos)
Toyah is included in a new article by ‘Vogue’: 100 Definitive Hairstyles: From Cleopatra to Kate Moss, see the 100 most definitive hairstyles: TOYAH WILLCOX – The singer’s choppy and wildly-coloured hairstyles epitomised her rebel spirit.
‘The Changeling Resurrection 2012′ gallery is now online at Dreamscape. View it here.
Tonight Toyah plays Wolverhampton’s Robin 2, the fourth gig of the, highly acclaimed, UK tour. Doors open at 7pm with first support on 7:05pm. There is no curfew at the venue, so after the gig you can stay for drinks up until 1am. It’s sure to be yet another great gig.
Thanks to everyone who generously sent photos to be included in the new gallery page. I’ve added over 200 and there are some fantastic shots in there, including set lists for each gig so far (Spoilers! don’t click on them if you don’t want to know what’s been played), some fun and quirky London photos (Thanks Damon:)) and lots and lots and lots of… Toyah!
These amazing photos below are by Mark Evans. View these and many more by clicking below. (Thanks to Lärwi for her help with photos, and to all the cups of coffee that helped keep me awake to compile the TCR gallery)
Check out Falling To Earth’s first (I’m sure I said there would be no features, but hey…) feature: Andi Fraggs reveals his Toyah Playlist: His favourite 25 Toyah (and The Humans) tracks. The songs that inspired him and that he still listens to.
Toyah has such a huge back catalogue of great music it’s always difficult to choose just a few songs. Thanks to Andi for taking the time to compile his favourites. He also reveals his five favourite albums.
Andi continues to support Toyah’s The Changeling Resurrection 2012 UK tour tomorrow night in Wolverhampton, as well as Monday in Manchester and Bishop’s Stortford on 5th May. His new album is available via his official website.
• View the feature here | Read Andi’s 2011 Tour Blog @ Dreamscape here.
Toyah will be talking to Nick Alatti on Midlands radio 102.5 The Bridge tomorrow morning at 10am ahead of tomorrow night’s Robin 2 Wolverhampton gig.
Nick’s here with a blend of music, news and chat to make sure your day goes quickly and the weekend comes sooner!
Listen to the interview live at the website. (News Source: The Official Toyah Facebook)
Quadrophenia is showing on STV in May. The channel airs in Scotland but is available UK wide via Sky.
Quadrophenia: STV: Tuesday 8th May: 00.10am
Quadrophenia: STV +1: Tuesday 8th May: 1.10am
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 STV HD.
The complete four-part radio version of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, with Toyah in the title role, will re-air on ‘BBC Radio 4 Extra’ in May. This was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1995.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of J. M. Barrie’s tale of childhood adventure starring Toyah Willcox as Peter Pan and Ron Moody as Captain Hook. These audio editions, especially dramatised for BBC Radio, are of timeless stories that have enchanted generations of readers both young and old.
Also starring Roy Hudd as Smee and June Whitfield as Mrs Darling, this sparkling production is directed by award-winning producer Dirk Maggs, with an original music score and stunning sound effects.
J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Sunday 6th May: 9.00am/4.30pm
J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Monday 7th May: 5.00am
Away to Neverland. A strange visitor transforms the Darling household one bedtime. Stars Toyah Willcox, Ron Moody and June Whitfield. Episode 1 of 4.
Time Flies! On this day, 27th April 1985 (yup), 27 years ago Toyah’s 15th single, and first ‘solo’ release, ‘Don’t Fall In Love (I Said)’ entered the UK singles chart. In retrospect, it’s a great pop song, written by Toyah and Simon Darlow, with an incredible b-side, ‘Snow Covers The Kiss’ (written by Toyah, Joel Bogen & Christopher Neil). Then there’s the unforgettable video. Personally, I can’t wait to hear it live on the ‘Minx: Trash & Tease 2015′ tour ;-))
Coming Soon! Andi Fraggs reveals his favourite Toyah music: The songs that inspired him…