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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.

BBC Radio: In The Court Of The Crimson Queen Interviews

April 1st, 2019

crimsonqueen19yListen online at BBC Sounds to all six of Toyah’s In The Court Of The Crimson Queen radio interviews which aired on various BBC Radio stations last week.

Sensational is currently being played on numerous BBC radio shows.

BBC Radio Ulster: The Arts Show: 26.03.2019 – We look back at the enigmatic genius of Scott Walker, author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen on her new book ‘Liar’, Toyah Willcox is back on tour and Carmel tips her favourite new TV releases. Listen at BBC Sounds for the next month.

BBC Radio Guernsey: Jenny Kendall-Tobias Show: 27.03.2019John Randall is in conversation with celebrity guest Toyah Willcox. She talks about her album “In the Court of the Crimson Queen” and remembers the time she visited Sark. Listen at BBC Sounds.

BBC Radio Kent: The Dominic King Show: 27.03.2019 Toyah, Paul Hendy and The Kent Sessions with L. Norton – Join Dom for The Arts, Life in Kent, Live Music and Conversation. Listen at BBC Sounds.

BBC Radio Cornwall: David White Show: 28.03.2019Toyah discusses her new album and looks back on her classic hits from the early 80s. Listen at BBC Sounds.

BBC Radio Derby: Steve Jordan Show: 28.03.2019Join Steve for showbiz and TV conversation, as well as a round-up of the day’s news. Listen at BBC Sounds.

BBC Radio Wales: Eleri Sion Show: 29.03.2019Punk legend Toyah talks about her latest release, film guru Gary Slaymaker reviews the new “Dumbo” and baker Nick McLeod is in the Foodie Friday kitchen. Listen at BBC Sounds.

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The Irish News: Toyah Interview

March 30th, 2019

irishnews19aToyah Willcox: The things that have remained constant are originality and energy

Almost 40 years after Toyah Willcox first appeared on Top Of The Pops, the ever-busy Birmingham-born performer is set to join other stars of the 80s at the Forever Young festival in Co Kildare this summer. Lorraine Wylie caught up with her

Toyah Willcox is a woman of many talents, proving her skill as an actress, producer, author, singer and songwriter in the past four decades. But for diehard music fans, she is best known as the ‘princess of punk’.

Between 1979 and 1981 her band Toyah released their first three studio albums, Sheep Farming in Barnet, The Blue Meaning and Anthem; it was the latter that truly launched Willcox into the spotlight and, as well as spawning hits such as I Want To Be Free and It’s A Mystery, earned her a gold disc.

This summer, fans will have an opportunity to hear material from Willcox’s most recent album, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, when she joins a host of other stars of her era at the Forever Young Festival in Co Kildare. With that Irish visit in the pipeline and a British tour about to kick off, I caught up with the star who told me why, at 60, she still loves performing and what inspires her music today.

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“I love doing live festivals,” she said. “The summer has arrived, the weather is great and you’re performing outside. It’s a fabulous way to communicate your music. I’m very much looking forward to coming to Ireland. There’s such a strong cultural identity there and I get such a warm welcome. My music is very much for my audiences who have travelled with me for the past 42 years.

“Although, I say that but when I look out at my audiences, they’re all under the age of 25. Today, I’m writing from the perspective of my age. I’m not interested in a historic perspective. My lyrics are a nod to things I experience at this age.”

• Continue reading at The Irish News. (Photo © Official Toyah)

BBC Radio Cornwall: David White Show TOMORROW!

March 27th, 2019

bbccornwall19aToyah will guest on David White’s show on BBC Radio Cornwall tomorrow morning.

Toyah Willcox (28/03/2019) Toyah discusses her new album and looks back on her classic hits from the early 80s.

• The three-hour show begins airing at 9am tomorrow morning and can be listened to online here.

BBC Radio Kent: The Dominic King Show TODAY!

March 27th, 2019

bbckent19aToyah will guest on The Dominic King Show on BBC Radio Kent this evening.

Toyah, Paul Hendy and The Kent Sessions with L. Norton The Dominic King Show – Join Dom for The Arts, Life in Kent, Live Music and Conversation.

• The three-hour show begins airing at 6pm this evening and can be listened to online here.

BBC Radio Ulster: The Arts Show

March 27th, 2019

Toyah guested on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show yesterday.

26/03/2019 – We look back at the enigmatic genius of Scott Walker, author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen on her new book ‘Liar’, Toyah Willcox is back on tour and Carmel tips her favourite new TV releases.

Toyah talks punk/rebellion, her audience at gigs, imagery, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, plus short plays of Sensational and Dance In The Hurricane. There’s also a tribute to the legendary Scott Walker, who died on Friday.

• The interview begins at approximately 6m 45s into the show, after a burst of It’s A Mystery. Listen at BBC Sounds for the next month.

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BBC Radio Lincolnshire: Toyah Interview

February 28th, 2019

bbclincoln15aMissed This! Toyah guested on Carla Greene’s show on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 31st January. This guest spot was in relation to the Doncaster Dome gig on 2nd February. Please be quick as the interview is only available for another two days at BBC Sounds.

Hits & Heads from 1984 & a mystery year, Toyah, the music of Buddy Holly & The Cricketers.

Toyah talks about her career, new album, her Mother, the differing generations, being lucky at the start of her career and more.

• The interview begins at approximately 1hr 43minutes into the show, with a play of It’s A Mystery, and runs for around 10 minutes. Listen here.

The Guardian: From The Cardiologist To The Baker

February 11th, 2019

guardian19aFrom the cardiologist to the baker: how busy people manage sleep

Today presenter Martha Kearney goes to bed at 8pm, while at 4am Toyah Willcox is going through her emails – 10 people with odd work patterns reveal their bedtime routines

Toyah Willcox, Singer and Actor

I have always had disrupted, broken sleep. Over a year, I could count on my fingers the times I have slept through the night. I don’t think my insomnia is fixable: I think it’s in my DNA. I cannot emphasise enough how important exercise is. I have to do at least a three-mile fast walk a day, usually in the afternoon. Movement is incredibly important in helping my body use up my energy. When I’m disciplined enough, detoxing of stimulants and exercising is also a conscious part of my day.

Routine: I take books on learning to bed – music theory, colour theory – and usually my brain thinks, “Um, I think I’d rather turn off,” than learn something. But my natural pattern is to sleep from 11pm-1am, then I’m awake till 7am and I only get into deep sleep at around 7-10am. Instead of lying there praying to go to sleep all night, I get up and work. At 4am you do feel a bit jet-lagged and brain-dead, but it’s a very practical time to go through my emails, pay the bills, get rid of the mundane tasks. And there’s times in the summer when I’m awake as the sun is rising and I think this is the best, this is absolutely wonderful. Of course, if you have a 9-5 job this is a real problem, but as a singer, it can work well for me.

• Continue reading at The Guardian.

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Somewhere In The Distance: Classic Toyah Interviews

February 4th, 2019

Toyah has always been a great interviewee – Click below for a page of classic Toyah interviews!

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BBC Radio Tees Interview: Full Transcript

January 27th, 2019

pro19aToyah talked, her unique and experimental album, Prostitute, while guesting on Bob Fischer’s BBC Radio Tees show recently.

“I always have to walk away from the job I’ve just done. That’s creatively, idea wise. I just have to walk away. I feel trapped. Which is why my career is so varied. And I think “Prostitute” came after doing “Minx” and “Minx” was a signing to Portrait CBS where I was being told to be everyone but me. I was being told to be like Pat Benatar…

I’ve got nothing against that but I am me – I’m not trying to be another person. I’m not an imitator. So I remember I just got married and the only question I was being asked was when was I going to start a family? Which was never the reason I got married and certainly never the reason I’m here on this planet.

So it was an album that really came out of anger. And it’s a very expressive piece – it’s the most critically acclaimed album I’ve ever done. Billboard gave it five stars and then claimed it was an antidote to Madonna…”

• Read the full transcript at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.

BBC Radio Tees: Toyah Interview

January 20th, 2019

bbctees19aToyah guested on Bob Fischer’s show on BBC Radio Tees on Friday evening. The show is available to listen to at BBC Sounds.

Back on BBC Tees from 7pm tonight! And in the first hour of the show I have a fascinating chat with the ace Toyah… about Derek Jarman, Celebrity Mastermind, Elizabeth I, her incredible experimental album ‘Prostitute’… and her upcoming show at Stockton Arts Centre!

Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 14

December 14th, 2018

christmas2018bChristmas 2006, Toyah was interviewed in Somerfield magazine. Somerfield was a supermarket chain which traded for almost 140 years before closing in 2011 after being bought over by the Co-op.

Toyah Willcox gets into the festive spirit

What does Christmas mean to you?
For the last 15 years, I’ve been doing panto. So to me, Christmas means entertaining families. On Christmas Day itself, I eat from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. It’s the only time of the year where I’ll eat for 12 hours!

Do you have the works on Christmas Day?
Yes we do. I have a restaurant prepare all the food the day before because what I don’t want to do on my one day off is cook. All I have to do is put it all in the Aga!

Do you enjoy cooking?
I do. I think it’s good to make yourself cook.

Your dream dining companion?
It would have to be John Lennon. If he could see the world today, he’d have more to say than ever before.

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Classic Pop: Forever Free – Toyah interview

November 14th, 2018

Toyah’s recent interview with Classic Pop magazine is now available to read in full online at the mag’s website – Don’t miss our interview with the fascinating Toyah who tells us all about the new wave of success she’s enjoying…

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Somewhere In The Distance: BBC Radio London (2003)

November 12th, 2018

Somewhere in the Distance, and uploaded to Dreamscape… a really interesting interview with Toyah from BBC Radio London around 15 years ago. This aired just before Toyah appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! She discusses that, religion, Velvet Lined Shell and much more. Click below to listen.

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The Pitch: Q&A with Toyah Willcox

October 26th, 2018

thepitch18aWhat do movies mean to you?
For me movies are vital escapism and deep expressionism. They also question everything in life. When you look at Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, in comparison to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, the passion and belief behind these two extraordinary films runs equally deep. Film can be about truth as much as about speculation and metaphor.

What are three of your favourite films and why?
Oh boy! Where do I start? I have to relate to my most immediate experiences. A Quiet Place has recently blown me away. Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool has magnificent acting. Phantom Thread is my favourite Daniel Day-Lewis film, but I am a horror lover and I always return to Alien when I am relaxing! I can recite the script word for word!

• Continue reading at The Pitch.

The Telegraph – Culture/TV: It Shouldn’t Be A Big Deal

October 10th, 2018

telegraph16a‘It shouldn’t be a big deal – but it is’: what a female Doctor Who really means to women Whovians

More than eight million people tuned in Sunday night’s episode of Doctor Who – the show’s largest launch in a decade – to see Jodie Whittaker make her debut as the first female Doctor in the show’s decades-long history.  But did she pull it off?

Among those glued to their sofas were the comedians Bridget Christie and Susan Calman, authors Juno Dawson and Jenny Colgan, and the pop star Toyah Willcox – a Who fan who was once mooted for the title role herself. The Telegraph asked each of them what the arrival of a female Doctor means to them, and what they thought of Sunday’s episode.

• Continue reading at The Telegraph. (Subscription Required)

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Classic Pop: Issue 44 Out Now with Toyah Feature

August 22nd, 2018

classicpop18aIssue 44 of Classic Pop magazine, which includes a six-page Toyah feature, is on sale now. See below for a (non readable) preview of this.

Get your copy in-store for just £5.99. Alternatively, you can buy a digital issue at the Classic Pop website. Available in-store from WH Smith, Tesco, Tesco Ireland, independent newsagents, Eason and selected McColls.

In the latest issue we speak to Soft Cell‘s Marc Almond and Dave Ball as they prepare for their farewell gig at the O2 in London and release a career-spanning boxset, Keychains & Snowstorms. We also take a look at their Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret LP in our Classic Album feature.

Elsewhere, we have an exclusive interview with the world’s biggest record producer, Mark Ronson, catch up with The Proclaimers who return with their politicised new album Angry Cyclist and talk to Level 42‘s Mark King about his life in pop’s funkiest band.

This month, we look back on the glory days of house music and Toyah tells us how she brought the punk aesthetic to the pop world.

• Visit the Classic Pop website or Twitter. (Thanks to Minna for the magazine scans)

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Classic Pop: Six-Page Toyah Feature in New Issue!

August 20th, 2018

Look out for the next issue (44, September 2018) of Classic Pop magazine. It includes a six-page interview feature on/with Toyah. The magazine is published in around a week’s time, so not long to wait. In the meantime click below to browse our previous updates on Toyah in Classic Pop.

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Toyah on the Radio: BBC WM: The Other Side Of…

August 4th, 2018

bbcwm12aToyah guests on BBC Radio WM’s The Other Side Of… tomorrow at Midday, discussing her career, early years, the music of Kate Bush and more. The programme has a running time of 60 minutes.

Listen to a short excerpt from the show – “I was not scared of being disliked by men” says Toyah.

The Other Side Of…: BBC Radio WM: Sunday 5th August: 12pm
Celebrating 40 years in show business in her 60th year. She talks about growing up in Kings Heath, how Top Of The Pops helped her stay alive and the power of Kate Bush’s music.

• Listen to the interview live while it airs or post airing at BBC iPlayer Radio. (Photo © BBC)

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