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Daily Mail: Toyah – My Life Through A Lens

June 16th, 2019

My life through a lens: Singer and actress Toyah Willcox, 61, reveals the stories behind her favourite snaps

Celebrities share the stories behind their favourite photographs. This week it’s singer and actress Toyah Willcox, 61

1960: I love this picture of me at home in Birmingham. I’m naturally bossy and independent, and even then, aged about two, I had attitude. I never identified with being female and would physically fight my mother, Barbara, if she tried to put dresses on me. I wanted to play war and used to climb mountains and jump off cliffs. I was always hurting myself by doing idiotic things, which upset Mum a lot

1978: When I auditioned for the part of Bessie Watty in the film The Corn Is Green, I hid my bright-pink punk hair under a wig. But when I was cast and returned without it, the director wasn’t best pleased. Katharine Hepburn was the film’s main star. She would run her fingers through my hair and say, ‘I wish I could have done this at your age.’

• Continue reading, and see some great photos, at the Daily Mail.

Radio: Richard Green/BBC Radio Devon

June 10th, 2019

Toyah guested on Richard Green’s show on BBC Radio Devon on Saturday

Jason Donovan, Toyah, and Hamish Stuart of the Average White Band join Richard for a chat!.

• Listen to the show online at BBC Sounds for the next four weeks.

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Solent – Alex Dyke/The Wall Of Sound

May 23rd, 2019

BBC Radio Solent’s Alex Dyke will welcome Toyah as a guest this afternoon on his show, The Wall Of Sound. The programme airs for three hours from 1pm.

The Wall Of Sound: BBC Radio Solent: Thursday 23rd May: 1pm
With 80’s star Toyah, ahead of her appearance at the Theatre Royal in Winchester.

• Listen online at BBC Radio Solent’s website or at BBC Sounds post-airing.

Toyah on the Radio: Highly Rated on Scala Radio

May 10th, 2019

Toyah guests on Penny Smith’s Highly Rated show on Radio Scala, airing at 7pm this evening.

Highly Rated: Scala Radio: Friday 10th May: 7pm
Join Penny Smith every Friday from 7-8pm for Highly Rated, Scala Radio’s roundtable show, in which guests select their cultural recommendations for the week ahead.

On tonight’s Highly Rated Penny Smith is joined by TV critic Emma Bullimore & pop icon Toyah.

Listen from 7pm to hear their cultural highlights alongside some great pieces which include a track from next week’s Album Of The Week by The Sixteen!

• Scala Radio is available on DAB digital radio, app, online and smart speaker, and is also now on Sky TV, channel 0216 – Full details of how to listen are availabe here. (Photo © Scala Radio)

Chester Chronicle: Get Ready To Rock

May 9th, 2019

Get ready to rock to the sounds of the Eighties

Marion McMullen turns back the clock with some of the stars of the 1980s who are coming out to play at the Let’s Rock retro festival dates across the country

What is your strongest memory of the 1980s?
I sing my hits at least two to four times a week these days – the 80s are alive and kicking. But if I was to look back for a strong memory, it would be how large the clothes were. Everything was big and baggy.

What was your favourite gig?
Drury Lane Theatre, Christmas Eve, 1981. Headline artist for BBC TV’s The Old Grey Whistle Test – there were 12 million viewers tuned in. I was slightly nervous!

Did you ever have a starstruck moment?
(David) Bowie, always Bowie. He took my breath away. I have run away from him twice because I was speechless.

Did you embrace 1980s fashion?
I was very individualistic so I like to think 80s fashion embraced me. All my clothes were one-off designer made. I liked the big shoulders ’til I realised how out of proportion they were.

• See a larger version of the feature here. (Thanks to Colin Dew-Parry)

Dundee Telegraph: No Mystery Who Is Toyah’s Biggest Fan

May 7th, 2019

My faberoonie pal Sharon was interviewed in yesterday’s Dundee Evening Telegraph, in a feature about being a lifelong fan of Toyah and following the recent Thunder In The Highlands Tour on all of its Scottish dates.

Sharon is one of the most generous and gorgeous people I’m privileged to know. Incredibly modest, fiercely loyal to Toyah and hugely supportive of her career. A real credit to Toyah fandom!

It’s No Mystery: Dundee lookalike is Toyah’s Biggest Fan

A woman travelled more than 500 miles to see ’80s pop star Toyah Willcox in four different venues in as many days – and proved it’s no mystery why she’s her number one fan.

Sharon Dickson has followed the punk rocker around the UK seeing her perform more than 40 times.

Toyah, whose hits include It’s A Mystery and Thunder In The Mountains, performed four shows across Scotland last week to celebrate her 40 years in the music industry.

Sharon, 48, said she has beein going to her shows for almost as long.

She said, “I have been planning to go to all four gigs since last November, I got all my holidays booked and got my accomodation sorted – it was a great buzz to be able to go to all of the gigs”.

• Continue reading the interview by clicking here or below.

Crimson Queen: Radio Interviews – Full Transcripts (Updated)

May 1st, 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 11 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…

• Gaydio: Phil Marriott Meets: 03.04.2019It’s very crimson. It’s “In The Court Of The Crimson Queen”. We started writing it ten years ago and we slowly drip-fed it to the fans as we toured constantly. So what happened – the only way I can explain is because if people know nothing about me … I was 60 on May the 18th last year and the fans downloaded me to number one in the charts and it was really quite extraordinary because I’m an unsigned artistContinue reading…

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

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Radio Wales

April 27th, 2019

Toyah guests on Bethan Elfyn’s show on BBC Radio Wales this evening – Curating her Artist Playlist.

The programme airs for 2 hours 30 minutes from 7.30pm

Bethan Elfyn: BBC Radio Wales:
Saturday 27th April: 7.30pm

27/04/2019. Toyah Willcox curates her Artist Playlist, and Don Leisure goes global with an intercontinental mix plus the usual mix of classic rock, bold new tunes, indie anthems and new Welsh acts.

• Listen live at the BBC Radio Wales website, and post-airing at BBC Sounds.

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.

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)

BBC Hereford & Worcester: Tammy Gooding Show

April 18th, 2019

bbchereford19aToyah’s recent interview with Tammy Gooding, which aired on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester, is now available as a standalone clip.

Pershore’s Toyah in conversation
The queen of punk tells tales of pranking Margaret Thatcher and her love of her home town with Tammy Gooding, as we preview the new album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’. Tammy also finds out just how much Toyah and her husband enjoy (or not!) singing together in their home in Pershore, and how their house has a touch of the supernatural about it!

Release date: 17 April 2019 | Duration: 17 minutes

• Listen at BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester.

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Toyah on the Radio: BBC Radio Devon

April 16th, 2019

bbcrdev14bToyah guests on Richard Green’s show on BBC Radio Devon this weekend. Richard’s show airs for two hours on Saturday from Midday.

Richard Green Show: BBC Radio Devon: Saturday 20th April: 12pm
Bananarama and Toyah. Bananarama’s Keren Woodward drops by to talk about the groups’ latest album, and in the second hour, Legendary Punk Queen, Toyah , reveals some of her latest music too.

• Listen live at the BBC Radio Devon website, and post-airing at BBC Sounds.

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.

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey

April 12th, 2019

bbcsussex19aToyah guests on Mark Carter’s show on Sunday, airing on BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey at 3pm.

Mark Carter Show: BBC Radio Sussex:
Sunday 14th April: 3pm
Special Guest: Toyah – Laid Back Sunday – Great music, special guests and local features.

• Listen live at the BBC Sussex & Surrey website, and post-airing at BBC Sounds.

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.

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Hereford & Worcester Pt2!

April 10th, 2019

bbchereford16aThere’s more from Toyah today, on Tammy Gooding’s show on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester.

Tammy Gooding Show: BBC Hereford & Worcester:
Wednesday 10th April: 1pm
More from Toyah and Malvern’s ‘Octopus Soup’. Top celebrities, theatre, film and great music – including the ‘Top Ten From When?’

• Listen live at the BBC Hereford and Worcester website, and post-airing at BBC Sounds. Listen to Toyah guesting on Tammy’s show yesterday, at BBC Sounds, here.

Magazines: Scene Alba – Toyah Cover + Interview

April 10th, 2019

scenealba19aToyah is the cover star of Issue 47/April 7th 2019, digital magazine Scene Alba, with a one-page interview inside + another new In The Court Of The Crimson Queen photo.

Toyah’s album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen is out 12 April. She plays gigs at Edinburgh Liquid Room (25 April), Dundee Church (26 April), Inverness Ironworks (27 April) & Glasgow Classic Grand (28 April).

We did a quick fire Q&A with her where she had to give us the answer that first came into her head.

What got you into music?
The Sound Of Music. The Movie.

First song you heard that really moved you?
Fly Away Peter Fly Away Paul… Cliff Richard… I was 7 yrs old.

Last lie you told?
My lies usually start with: “That’s really interesting… Thank you”.

• Continue reading Toyah’s interview with Scene Alba online here.

Celebrity Radio: Toyah TV Interview 2019

April 10th, 2019

Enjoy an exclusive Toyah TV Interview filmed in 2019. This is her HD life story interview recorded around the release of her new album. Watch below, at the Celebrity Radio website or You Tube.

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Hereford & Worcester TODAY!

April 9th, 2019

bbchereford16aToyah is guesting on Tammy Gooding’s show on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester this afternoon.

Tammy Gooding Show: BBC Hereford & Worcester:
Tuesday 9th April: 1pm

Pershore punk rocker Toyah: Top celebrities, theatre, film and great music – including the ‘Top Ten From When?’.

• Listen live at the BBC Hereford and Worcester website, and post-airing at BBC Sounds.