Archive for August, 2012

The Changeling Resurrection II: News Briefs

August 31st, 2012

• Song voting for The Changeling Resurrection II begins tomorrow (1st September) at Toyah’s Official Facebook: Fans will be able to vote for their favourite song to help select a couple of choices on set list.

• Look out for a brand new ‘Changeling Resurrection II’ commemorative tour t-shirt on sale on the tour.

• Various venues the tour will play at have dedicated pages on Toyah. Check out the Bridport Electric Palace, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Redhill Harlequin Theatre, St Albans The Horn and Brighton Concorde2.

• As previously mentioned, Toyah is the cover star of the Middlesbrough Theatre Autumn 2012 brochure. View the fly-poster for the Manchester Academy gig.

• The full tour schedule and links to buy tickets for each date is available at Toyah’s official website.

The Changeling Resurrection II: Birmingham Ballroom

August 31st, 2012

Toyah’s ‘Changeling Resurrection II’ gig at Birmingham Ballroom on Wed 31st October is a Halloween Special. Gig goers are advised to “dress to impress”. Click below for ticket info.

Official Toyah: Live Tracks 2012… So Far!

August 31st, 2012

This year we’ve already had six live tracks from Toyah’s From Sheep Farming To Anthem 2011 and The Changeling Resurrection 2012 tours. Each accompanied by great artwork, showcasing Toyah’s recent live imagery. Click below to view info on each.

Toyah on TV (America): Doctor Who Docu Specials

August 31st, 2012

All four of the recent ‘BBC America’ Doctor Who Specials are being reshown this weekend as part of the channel’s marathon DW Day. A 22-hour feast of Who! Toyah appears in at least three of the specials (though probably all four as I missed the first one).

The Science Of Doctor Who: BBC America: Saturday 1st September: 00.00am
Explore the real life science behind the biggest concepts and most iconic ideas in the incredible Doctor Who universe.

The Women Of Doctor Who: BBC America: Saturday 1st September: 1.00am
Behind every great time lord there’s a great woman. Whether they’re busting Daleks or the Doctor’s ego, the women of ‘Doctor Who’ prove that you don’t need testosterone to save the universe.

The Timey-Wimey Of Doctor Who: BBC America: Saturday 1st September: 2.00am
When the Doctor’s around, tomorrow is yesterday, yesterday is tomorrow and 18th century France is in your fireplace. Confused yet? Watch the Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who. You’ve already seen it in the future.

The Destinations Of Doctor Who: BBC America: Saturday 1st September: 3.00am
Leave the beach towel at home and take a trip to the end of the earth – literally. From the Starship UK to one very haunted hotel, you won’t find the destinations of “Doctor Who” in any guidebook.

Manchester Pride 2012: News Briefs

August 30th, 2012

A few newsy bits on Toyah’s Manchester Pride PA. There was a very large crowd for Toyah headlining the Women’s Stage at Sackville Gardens (Alison Moyet was the Main Stage headliner) and after the gig Toyah chatted to, and was photographed with, fans at the artist’s gate.

• Toyah tweeted: “Manchester Pride was excellent. Great crowd & so friendly & welcoming. I Loved it.”

• A lot of footage from Toyah’s set have been uploaded to You Tube. Highlights include, the previously mentioned, Thunder In The Mountains, It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free and Echo Beach.

• There’s also a 17 minute upload of Toyah’s performance. View here.

• The photos I’ve posted here over the last few days will be added to Dreamscape’s Gallery soon. View all of our Toyah at Manchester Pride news.

Thanks to Paul Lomas and Paul Cable for the photos, videos and info!!

Sleeping Beauty: Marlowe Theatre Autumn 2012 Brochure

August 30th, 2012

There’s a new photo of the Sleeping Beauty cast in the Autumn 2012 Marlowe Theatre brochure, plus full details of the 2012 panto. This is one of Toyah’s lengthiest, running for eight weeks and a, staggering, 90 performances, between 30th November and 20th January, including a handful of three shows in one day. Download it from the theatre’s website.

Quadrophenia on Blu-ray: More Reviews & Press

August 30th, 2012

More articles and reviews for the Blu-ray (Region A/1) release of Quadrophenia, including a feature at ‘GQ’ magazine and a comprehensive article by ‘Movie Metropolis’.

GQ: God Save The Mods: Director Franc Roddam’s Quadrophenia, newly out on Blu-ray from Criterion, is set in roughly the same era—now half a century ago—as George Lucas’s American Graffiti.

Movie Metropolis: Quadrophenia – Blu-ray Review: One scene in “Quadrophenia” (1979) captures the absurdity and sincerity of youthful rebellion in all its sure-to-embarrass-you-in-the-future glory. Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels) says to his friend Kevin (an incredibly young Ray Winstone), “I don’t wanna be the same as everybody else. That’s why I’m a Mod, see?” Refurbished ‘Quadrophenia’ Out This Week: Looking for a gift for the eternal Who fan” Then you may be in luck, as the restored version of Quadrophenia — the 1979 film based on the Who’s classic 1973 rock opera — is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

The Portland Press Herald: New To Blu-ray: “Quadrophenia”, starring Phil Daniels and Sting. When discussing coming-of-age movies, this 1979 cult classic rarely gets tossed around with widely appreciated youth angst films such as “The Graduate” or “Dazed and Confused.” But the fact that filmmaker Cameron Crowe counts “Quadrophenia” among his favorite films of all time should tell you something.

Jeffrey M Anderson: Blu-ray Review: Quadrophenia succeeds through its devil-may-care attitude and energy. It feels like a low-budget homemade movie from the period.

Classic Toyah: Trafford Tanzi Fan Photos

August 30th, 2012

Is it just me who can’t quite believe that Trafford Tanzi was almost 30 years ago!!?!! These great photos of Toyah, from various months through the Summer of 1983 while she was starring in the play at the Mermaid Theatre, were sold through the Intergalactic Ranchouse newsletters. Click on the photos to view larger versions. (Thanks to Andi)

Toyah, Hazel & Ian Dury (1980)

August 30th, 2012

Another great shot from The Stranglers’ 1980 gig. Toyah and Hazel O’Connor along with, the legendary, Ian Dury. What a great moment! Even more of these photos will be added to Dreamscape’s Gallery soon. (Thanks again to Andi)

The Changeling Resurrection II

August 30th, 2012

A couple of Dreamscape ‘adverts’, featuring fantastic photos from the 1982 ‘Changeling Tour’, for the forthcoming tour… The Changeling Resurrection II is on the way! (Please click below to view larger – View numerous other similar creations for the Spring tour here)

Worcester News: Punk Rock Queen Toyah Rolls Up For Fete

August 30th, 2012

The darling of punk rock Toyah Willcox and her guitar virtuoso husband Robert Fripp are lending their support to a village fete.

Mr Fripp, of prog-rockers King Crimson fame and who plucked the solo on David Bowie’s Heroes, is opening the Wick fete at 1.30pm on Saturday.

There will be live music from Wyred Up, entertainment by Tyro the Magician, a fun dog show, and lots more at the village near Pershore. Admission is free for children and a £1 for adults, ad no charge for car parking. For details visit

• Continue reading at the Worcester News.

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BBC Tees: ‘Dave Llewellyn Show’ Toyah Interview

August 30th, 2012

Toyah guested on The Dave Llewellyn Show on BBC Tees on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. A great interview that was recorded a couple of weeks ago and dominated the first hour of his show.

The first part of the interview begins around 19 minutes into the show and runs for approximately 12 minutes. Toyah talks her favourite cities (Glasgow) and travelling round the UK, gigs, five-year-old Toyah fans (Dave’s daughter), and recording The Changeling 30 years ago and returning to it this year. There’s also a play of ‘I Want To Be Free’.

Part two starts at 34 minutes, and runs for approx 12 minutes, with Toyah talking about how she is perceived (by critics) in comparison to Kate Bush and Siouxsie, Minx, The Humans and their evolution and playing in Estonia, and the King’s Heath Walk of Fame. Plus a play of ‘Thunder In The Mountains’.

Part three is at 51 minutes in, running for approx 10 minutes. Toyah talks the Hare & Hounds gig, The Changeling Resurrection II (fans will be able to vote for particular songs on the set list again), the BBC4 Love & Marriage documentary, what bonds Toyah and Robert, and more. With the magnificent ‘Rebel Run’ rounding off the chat.

Dave was a Toyah fan back in the day so this is an interesting interview. It’s available to listen to for the next five days here.

Toyah, Hazel & The Stranglers (1980): More Photos

August 28th, 2012

More photos of Toyah onstage at The Rainbow in April 1980. She was one of a number of guest vocalists who appeared with the band at the gig while Hugh Cornwell was in prison. Others included Hazel O’Connor, Robert Smith, Ian Dury, Wilko Johnson and Richard Jobson. View larger versions at Dreamscape’s 1980 Gallery. (Thanks to Andi for these rare photos)

Quadrophenia on Blu-ray: Reviews & Press

August 28th, 2012

Quadrophenia in released on special edition Region A/1 Blu-ray this week by The Criterion Collection. Here are some new reviews and articles focusing on the new Blu-ray. Review: (Very comprehensive look at the film, Blu-ray release and extras) As far as I am concerned, Franc Roddam’s Quadrophenia is one of the all-time best British coming-of-age films. It is painfully honest, gritty yet beautiful, superbly acted film.

The Hollywood Reporter: Quadrophenia: A restored Blu-ray/DVD of The Who’s landmark film recaptures the 1960s.

Blu-ray Definition: Quadrophenia [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review: Going back nearly 50 years in time, Quadrophenia does a creditable job in conveying the fashions and fads of the era.

The Boston Globe: The Who, why, and how of ‘Quadrophenia’: Flash back to “Love Reign O’er Me” as the soundtrack of a life, as “Quadrophenia” (1979), the immersively scruffy feature riff on the Who’s classic rock opera, arrives this week in a terrific-sounding, meticulously remastered Blu-ray.

The Globe & Mail: The Mods are back, but who were they? They wore their jackets cut slim and checked, maybe a touch of seersucker and an open neck. They rode Vespa GS scooters with their hair cut neat. They were British Mods. But what does that all mean?

Criterion Corner: Under The Covers: Criterion sure loves their rock odyssees (there’s this, Head, Spinal Tap, that one where Takashi Miike tortures David Bowie for 2 hours…), and they have done some serious justice to Franc Roddam’s Quadrophenia.

SLT Today: ‘Quadrophenia’ rocks on Blu-ray: On my ever-expanding list of favorite movies, two titles have shared the top spot since 1979: “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Quadrophenia.”

DVD File: Review: What sets Quadrophenia apart from the pack isn’t as much its achievement as a ‘rock opera’ but its willingness to play among the fringes of the sub-genre.

Toyah Live 2012: Manchester Pride by Paul Cable

August 28th, 2012

Great photos of Toyah onstage, and off, at Manchester Pride on Sunday night. Toyah is with Paul Cable and Paul Lomas. Please click below to view larger. (Thanks to Paul Cable)