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Super Deluxe Edition: Win a Demon Records RSD Bundle

April 25th, 2019

SDE has a bundle of Record Store Day releases from Demon Records to give away!

One winner will receive the Suede Head Music 3LP coloured vinyl set, The League of Gentlemen Live Again! 2LP, Heaven 17‘s Bigger Than America on coloured vinyl, Toyah‘s new album In The Court of the Crimson Queen on purple vinyl and the Marc Bolan/T. Rex bump ‘n’ grind set on blue vinyl.
One runner-up will win Suede, Marc Bolan/T. Rex and Heaven 17.

This competition, open to all, that will end at midnight BST on Sunday 28 April 2019. Good luck and enter below!

• Continue reading/Enter the competition at Super Deluxe Edition.

Music News: Interview – Toyah

April 25th, 2019

Her latest album’s just become her biggest in almost 25 years and Toyah’s in the mood to celebrate. The former punk marked 40 years in music with a series of anniversary shows last year and is back on the road this week just days after her revamped 15th solo album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen returned her to the charts.

Toyah, 60, admits she’s been pleasantly surprised by the success of the re-recorded set, which also includes a clutch of new songs. “It’s a good album but I don’t think anyone would’ve been as brave to imagine it’d do as well as it’s doing,” she says. “It’s been album of the week in many places so the reception’s just been fabulous.” Crimson Queen, which was originally released in 2009, has been substantially reworked by the It’s A Mystery hit-maker and her co-writer Simon Darlow. “Our record company Demon gave me an opportunity to make the album that I’d originally wanted it to be,” she explains.

“That allowed us to put in live drums and bass, and remaster and retexturize the whole album plus put new material in. We finished this at the end of January and as far as I’m concerned it’s a new release because the majority of the people buying it now never knew it existed in the first place.”

• Continue reading at Music News.

In The Court Of The Crimson Queen: Official Charts

April 25th, 2019

In The Court Of The Crimson Queen became Toyah’s first album to dent the Official UK Album Charts since 1985 when it placed at number 74 last Friday.

More good chart related news for In The Court Of The Crimson Queen – The album is also currently number 3 on the Official Rock & Metal Top 40.

Classic Pop: Long Live The Queen

April 23rd, 2019

classicpop19cToyah, along with In The Court Of The Crimson Queen co-creator Simon Darlow, is interviewed in the new issue of Classic Pop magazine (May 2019, Issue 52) in a four page feature entitled “Long Live The Queen”.

After more than 40 years in the music business, Toyah Willcox is as creatively hungry as she was in her teens. Classic Pop chats to the high priestess of punk and her long-time collaborator, Simon Darlow about their bold reimagining of 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, and why the material deserves a second outing… Here’s a preview of the fab looking feature.

• Classic Pop, Issue 52 is on sale now – or very soon will be. (Thanks to Minna for the preview)

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The Courier: Getting To Know Toyah Willcox

April 23rd, 2019

dundeecourier19cAhead of her appearance at Church, Dundee on April 26, singing sensation Toyah Willcox shares some glimpses into her life

Q Which singers, alive or dead, inspire you?
A David Bowie, Jim Buckley, Antony Hegarty.

Q What was your plan B career-wise?
A I always wanted to be a sculptor.

Q Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
A My husband. If it was an object, then one of my paintings by my friend Frankie Sundsten.

Q Theme song for your life?
A All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix. He was one of the ‘27 Club’, like Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, who died aged 27 and the philosophy is that their work is done by then. That’s a tragic but also slightly romantic notion.

Q Last meal on earth?
A Superfood salad with fresh mango.

• Continue reading at The Courier. See the print version of this article. (Thanks to Sharon Dickson)

Dreamscape Feature: Dance In The Hurricane

April 18th, 2019

Our Dance In The Hurricane mini-feature. Check it out in full by clicking on the preview below.

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Crimson Queen: Radio Interviews – Full Transcripts

April 17th, 2019

crimsonqueen19mmFull transcripts of a selection of Toyah’s recent radio interviews are available to read at the Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. A collection of ten are linked to below. Toyah talks In The Court Of The Crimson Queen… and much more! (Photos © Official Toyah)

BBC Radio Ulster: The Arts Show: 26.03.2019I believe my generation will always be punk. We were born to rebel and I think that is the generation that is forgetting to grow old Continue reading…

BBC Radio Guernsey: John Randall: 27.03.2019 I was sixty last year on May the 18th and my fans downloaded me to number 1. The unusual thing about that is that I was at that time an unsigned artist. That led to me to having a record deal and re-imagining the album because it’s been around for about ten yearsContinue reading…

BBC Radio Kent: Dominic King: 27.03.2019When we released it in 2008 it was literally like a fan release. Very limited edition, only available to the fans who knew my work, who came to see the band. Last year on May the 18th I turned 60 and unbeknownst to me my fans downloaded me to number one in the charts and there was a slight problem with this good news. Because I was not signed to a record label we couldn’t ask for radio play even though I was number oneContinue reading…

BBC Radio Cornwall: David White: 28.03.2019It’s kind of confusing that you have to say it’s a re-working because for the majority of people who only remember me from the 1980’s this is actually a brand new albumContinue reading…

BBC Radio Derby: Steve Jordan: 28.03.2019Vinyl is just the phenomena of today isn’t it – because vinyl is selling more than every other product at the momentContinue reading…

BBC Radio Wales: Eleri Sion: 29.03.2019 –  For many people it is a new album. For my dedicated fans – they know it. The writing for this started in 2007 and the first single from this album “Sensational” was the Weight Watchers campaign song on TVContinue reading…

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BBC Radio London: Jo Good: 12.04.2019 I have all the social media outlets and I provide the content but I employ someone, who I met when he was 4 years old, a Toyah fan, who was considered to be my youngest fan – he’s now just hit 40 and he now manages my archive, my social media, he’s even the executor of my willContinue reading…

• BBC Radio Sussex/Surrey: Mark Carter: 14.04.2019 Some people have described it as pure joy and is a joyous album and there’s absolutely no point in me trying to be serious and adult. I do energy and I think this album has it and yes, I really love it. I’ve been living with some of these songs as long as ten years Continue reading…

• BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester: Tammy Gooding: 09.04.2019 I’m having a really good time. Everything with the album has had such a positive reaction and I’m 61 this year and I didn’t expect this to be happening in my life and it’s really good Continue reading…

• BBC Radio Devon: Richard Green: 20.04.2019 At that time I was an unsigned artist and politically to get radio play and presence you have to be on a label. So a label called Demon Records said “we have to release this because there’s an audience who desperately want it”. So the first song of the album, “Sensational”, did start its life around 2009 Continue reading…

• All of the above Toyah interviews transcripts, and numerous others, can also be read at the Toyah Willcox Interview Archive at Tumblr.

Crimson Queen: Official Charts Album Midweeks

April 17th, 2019

Great News… In The Court Of The Crimson Queen is doing well in The Official Charts Album Midweeks. The album was at no. 72 on Monday, after just a couple of days of CD, download and vinyl sales. As of today it’s now at no. 34 (according to Music Week). The definitive Top 100 Albums of the week is published this Friday by The Official UK Charts Company.

This chart entry is significant because In The Court Of The Crimson Queen is Toyah’s first album to place in the official UK album chart since Minx in August 1985. Below is a screenshot of Monday’s chart placing. Find all the links to buy the CD or download the album here or by clicking below.

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In The Court Of The Crimson Queen… at HMV

April 17th, 2019

Toyah tweeted yesterday: “This means so much to me. Thank u thank u thank u” in response to HMV’s In The Court Of The Crimson Queen tweet. (Photo © HMV)

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BBC Radio Lincolnshire: ITCOTCQ is Album Of The Week!

April 16th, 2019

crimsonqueen19iiIn The Court Of The Crimson Queen is BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Album Of The Week.

A track will be played each day this week by Amy Claridge (sitting in for Melvyn in the Morning) at 10.30am. There’s also the chance to win a signed copy of the CD on Friday.

• Listen online at BBC Radio Lincolnshire. The morning show begins at 9.30am and airs for 3hrs and 30mins. (Photo © BBC Radio Lincolnshire)

Velvet Box Office: Interview with Toyah Willcox

April 16th, 2019

velvetbo19aPunk, rebel, icon. This week we are absolutely bloody delighted to be able to bring you an interview with a true legend. We will not lie to you readers, we are starstruck. Fangirl-ing all over the shop. She is an era-defining songstress, star of stage and screen and – pardon my millennial-ness – #hairgoals extraordinaire. She is, of course, the incomparable Toyah Willcox, and we chatted to her (ever-so-coolly) this week about rebellion, creativity, and her most recent album In The Court of the Crimson Queen.

Your career began in acting but many know you better as a musician. If that’s not enough, you have also presented and produced – what’s it like to have so many ‘hats’ you can wear, and do you prefer one to the others?

I think my career is purely accidental.  If I had superstar status, I would not be able to be diverse. My career is such that I am able to kickstart everything I do, and I think that’s what makes my career so unique. I do love being asked to do projects but most of the time I have to create my own.

So much of your work is based around – or an expression of – nonconformism, of rebelling. What do you think we should all be rebelling against nowadays, and what do you think the best form of rebellion is?

I am going to answer the latter first. The best form of rebellion is non commitment to what you don’t believe in and don’t want to support. The internet has proven that hatred is a too easy and convenient instrument to block all creativity. And, answering the first part of the question, the best rebellion we can have as exceptionally creative unique creatures is not to accept the mundane. For me the mundane is when you are encouraged to imitate others. None of us needs to imitate – we are all unique.

• Continue reading at Velvet Box Office.

BBC Radio: In The Court Of The Crimson Queen Interviews

April 14th, 2019

crimsonqueen19yFurther In The Court Of The Crimson Queen radio interviews from Toyah over the past few days – all aired by various BBC Radio stations:

BBC Hereford & Worcester: Tammy Gooding: 09.04.2019 – Pershore punk rocker Toyah: Top celebrities, theatre, film and great music – including the ‘Top Ten From When?’. Listen at BBC Sounds for the next month.

BBC Hereford & Worcester: Tammy Gooding: 10.04.2019 – More from Toyah and Malvern’s ‘Octopus Soup’. Top celebrities, theatre, film and great music – including the ‘Top Ten From When?’. Listen at BBC Sounds.

BBC Radio London: Jo Good: 12.04.2019 – Toyah Willcox, Harry Harrington and Pauline Butcher. Singer Toyah Wilcox speaks about the release of her new album, actor Harry Harrington and writer Pauline Butcher chat about ‘Honest Betrayal’ and author Jodie Jackson talks about her new book. Listen at BBC Sounds.

BBC Radio 4: Loose Ends: 13.04.2019 – Emma Bunton, Toyah, Peter Doherty, Alex Rex, YolanDa Brown. Clive Anderson is joined by Emma Bunton and Toyah for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Peter Doherty and Alex Rex. Listen at BBC Sounds.

BBC Radio Sussex/Surrey: Mark Carter Show: 14.04.2019 -Special Guest: Toyah – Laid Back Sunday – Great music, special guests and local features. Listen at BBC Sounds.

• Catch up on previous In The Court Of The Crimson Queen radio, and video, interviews here and here.

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In The Court Of The Crimson Queen: Further Press

April 14th, 2019

yourwkd19aAnother new In The Court Of The Crimson Queen cover for Toyah – Your Weekend, the Press & Journal supplement, published in Northern and Highland Scotland, including Aberdeen, Inverness and Moray. The print feature included in Your Weekend is previewed below.

The Press & Journal: Return Of The Crimson Queen – It’s no mystery as to why Toyah Willcox, who recently celebrated her 60th birthday, looks and sounds amazing. “I don’t drink, I don’t overeat, I drink lots of water and en route to shows I travel alone so I don’t have to speak to anyone,” said Toyah — This feature was previously published online earlier this week. See here.

Toyah was also interviewed in Friday’s Express, which only appears to have been available in the newspaper’s print edition as it hasn’t been published online, so far.

The Express: Music: My Six Best Albums – Toyah Willcox, 60, is a pop star and actress whose eight Top 40 hits include It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free. Her latest album, a new version of In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, is released today…

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Marriott Meets Toyah: 2019 Interview

April 14th, 2019

pmarriottnet19aToyah: “There’s a common theme on my new album: how grief makes us better people. It makes our hearts stronger.”

Celebrating over four decades in music, Toyah this week releases a new studio reworking of her 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen.

Written and arranged by Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen has been newly recorded and mastered with the added bonus of extra tracks. The album’s 15 tracks explore life, love, empowerment and wonderment.  

In 1977, whilst playing the part of Emma in Tales From The Vienna Woods at The National Theatre, 18-year old Willcox formed a band. After several line-up changes, they spent a brief period under the name Ninth Illusion, without recording any music. The following year, the band – comprising of Joel Bogen (lead guitar), Pete Bush (keyboards), Dave Robin (drums), and Windy Miller (bass) – decided on naming the group Toyah.

• Continue reading at philmarriott.net.

The Guardian: Toyah Willcox Interview – The Q&A

April 13th, 2019

guardian19bToyah Willcox: ‘Relax? I have no idea what the word means’

The musician on her white rabbit, giving advice and still holding hands with her husband after 32 years

Born in Birmingham, Toyah Willcox, 60, appeared in Derek Jarman’s 1978 film Jubilee, and Quadrophenia in 1979. Her early hit singles included It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, and by 1982 she had made two platinum-selling albums.

She has just released a new studio reworking of her album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, and is currently on tour in the UK. She is married and lives in Worcestershire.

When were you happiest? Between 2007 and 2016, I had a large white rabbit called WillyFred. I was happiest pressing my ear to his fur and hearing his heart beat.

What is your greatest fear? Living in an environment of banality.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I am disproportionately ambitious.

• Continue reading at The Guardian.

In The Court Of The Crimson Queen: Newsy Bits!

April 13th, 2019

crimsonqueen19hhRecord Store Day 2019: The In The Court Of The Crimson Queen translucent coloured vinyl is on sale now, at selected record stores for Record Store Day 2019.

Record Store Day: Exclusively to Record Store Day 2019, Demon Records proudly present a re-imagining of Toyah’ s 2008 album release. Toyah and producer/co-writer Simon Darlow have remixed and added instrumentation to all the songs. These mixes appear for the first time on vinyl, and this release will also have completely new artwork. Pressed on Translucent Purple 180g Vinyl – Visit the Crimson Queen vinyl page…

Behind The Scenes: Album release day exclusive photo: A second photo, from the new In The Court Of The Crimson Queen photo shoot, by Tony Levin was made available on the album’s release day – See it at Instagram…

Super Deluxe Edition TV: The BIG Record Store Day unboxing video preview – Music fans will not have failed to notice that tomorrow is Record Store Day, the day when lots of releases (almost entirely vinyl) are available exclusively from independent record shops around the world. Keeping with SDE tradition, we now present a special video preview of some of the best releases… Including the fantastic In The Court Of The Crimson Queen coloured vinyl (from 22.15 – 23.10)

Amazon Charts: On its CD release day, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen was high up in the Amazon and iTunes album sales charts. Below is a screenshot (taken yesterday) of the Best Sellers in Pop Rock, with Crimson Queen at no. 3.

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In The Court Of The Crimson Queen: Toyah’s Message

April 13th, 2019

Toyah’s message on the day her new reimagined double album In The Court of The Crimson Queen is released – Friday 12 April 2019. Out now as 2-CD, digital download & streaming. Out Saturday 13 April as limited edition coloured vinyl for RSDUK. Watch below or at You Tube.

The Press & Journal: Return Of The Crimson Queen

April 12th, 2019

pressjournal19aIt’s no mystery as to why Toyah Willcox, who recently celebrated her 60th birthday, looks and sounds amazing.

“I don’t drink, I don’t overeat, I drink lots of water and en route to shows I travel alone so I don’t have to speak to anyone,” said Toyah, who is visiting Inverness later this month. Her show at The Ironworks, Inverness, on Saturday April 27, is one of four Scottish gigs she is undertaking as part of her Thunder In The Highlands Tour.

“It must be at least 10 years since I was in Inverness, that time starring in Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock,” said Toyah, who is celebrating a landmark anniversary this year.

It’s 40 years since her music career took off and she released her first single and studio album. She, and her full electric band, will play tracks from it at the show, which celebrates her hit singles, album classics and fan favourites.

“The show will see me travel through punk, new wave and into the present day which results in a pretty high-energy show,” said Toyah.

• Continue reading at The Press & Journal.

In The Court Of The Crimson Queen: Newsy Bits!

April 12th, 2019

crimsonqueen19kA Crimson Weekend: It’s the beginning of In The Court Of The Crimson Queen‘s release weekend. The 2CD, Digital and Streaming are out today and the Vinyl album goes on sale tomorrow via selected record stores.

Music News: Win 1 of 3 Toyah CDs: Toyah will release a revelatory and accomplished new studio reworking of her album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen on 12 April 2019 – Continue reading/Enter competition…

Gigantic: Spotlight On: Record Store Day 2019: Returning to her 2008 album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’, Toyah re-imagines the record with remastered versions of the tracks, added instrumentalism, new artwork and on vinyl for the very first time! Toyah will be appearing at Rock And Bike Fest 2019 plus joining the fantastic roster of acts on the Let’s Rock – The Retro Winter Tour in addition to playing her own headline dates throughout the year – Continue reading…

Dreamscape News: Browse our recent In The Court Of The Crimson Queen news and related posts here…

In The Court Of The Crimson Queen 2CD digipak. 15 tracks, 24-page booklet. Out today! A beautifully packaged album and a great addition to that Toyah CD collection.

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In The Court Of The Crimson Queen… at Instagram

April 12th, 2019

The Official Toyah Instagram is in full Crimson Queen mode this morning…

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Toyah Willcox Interview 2019: Marriott Meets Toyah

April 12th, 2019

Phil Marriott spoke to 80s punk pop icon Toyah Willcox to find out more about her new album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’: her collaboration with long-time co-wroter Simon Darlow, who worked on her albums ‘Love Is The Law’ and ‘Minx’. Watch below or at You Tube.