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Christmas Countdown: Toyah on Christmas TV

December 16th, 2013

A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Parts One and Two
Various Days & Times: Throughout December 

Presenters Toyah Willcox and Wizzard’s Roy Wood are cosying up by the fireplace with two guest artists on our new show as they talk Christmas and sing favourite festive songs. View full schedule.

Toyah’s Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV:
Tue 17th December: 4.00pm / Mon 23rd December: 9.00pm
Snuggle down by the fire with the family as punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces some of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts.

Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV:
Thu 19th December: 8.00pm /
Saturday 21st December: 11.00am 

Monday 23rd December: 9.00am / Boxing Day: 5.00pm
Cosy up with family and friends as Toyah Willcox brings you 30 of the finest Christmas songs and a sprinkling of festive stories, surrounded by an extraordinary variety of creatures great and small.

Quadrophenia: ITV4: Thursday 19th December: 11.05pm
Quadrophenia: ITV4: Christmas Day: 10.35pm
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 ITV4 +1 and ITV4 HD)

100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross:
Ch4: Mon 23rd Dec: 12.30pm / More4: Christmas Day: 10.45am / Boxing Day: 4Seven: 00.35am
Boxing Day: 4Seven: 3.55pm / Sat 28th Dec: 4Seven: 11.05pm / Sun 29th Dec: 4Seven: 12.50pm

Gadget, gizmo and toy collector extraordinaire Jonathan Ross presents a three-hour countdown of the nation’s favourite toys and games. From Action Man to Yahtzee, and from Barbie to Trivial Pursuit, inventors and toymakers tell the inside stories of their creations and success. And to fully explain the impact of these toys and games, the children of yesteryear – today’s celebrities, authors, actors and journalists – reveal exactly what it was that made them love a particular toy. The shortlist of 100 toys was selected by a panel of industry experts and the final countdown decided by a Channel 4 online vote.


Official Toyah: Digital Advent 2013

December 13th, 2013


The Official Toyah Digital Advent for Christmas 2013 began yesterday.

There will be Toyah goodies behind each door in a daily countdown to Christmas Eve. Already there’s been great live footage and a selection of highly rare band photos from the 1970s and we’re only on Day Two!!

• Check out the Official Advent at

Christmas Countdown: The Vow, 1983

December 11th, 2013

Christmas 1983, Toyah was promoting ‘The Vow’, the final single for Safari Records, the ‘Love Is The Law’ album, and travelling the UK on the ‘Rebel Run’ Tour. Toyah, and the band, appeared on numerous TV shows in the UK and Europe through November and December, being interviewed as well as performing ‘The Vow’ and ‘Rebel Run’.

The TV shows included; Pebble Mill, Did You See?, Pop Watch, Saturday Superstore, Breakfast Time, Razzmatazz, The Saturday Show, Harty, Crackerjack and Judgendbund. Other shows included in ‘The Vow’ promotion were; TVAM: Good Morning Britain and 60 Minutes. rem83vow

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

December 11th, 2013

The Humans Live 2014: Two of the US dates have now been confirmed as taking place at The Triple Door Club, Seattle on 14th/15th April – Visit the Official Gigs page…

Toyah Live 2014: More tickets now on sale, a new ‘Crimson Queen’ gig in Clitheroe, and another ‘Acoustic’ show being announced soon – Visit the Official Gigs page…

Introducing The Tempest: Toyah will be introducing The Tempest, in which she played Miranda in 1979, at this event at the BFI Southbank, London on 12th February next year.

The List: Interview: Gavin Mitchell on Bowie, sandwiches and sleeping in the library: First concert you ever attended Toyah at the Apollo – Read the full Q&A here…

RBKC Libraries Blog: From Club to Catwalk: 80′s fashion talk at the V&A: An article on the recent V&A event which Toyah participated in (and also mentions in her latest blog) – View here…

Elves Bells!:A Caboodle of Cool Christmas Songs: Toyah – I Believe In Father Christmas – It took 30 years, but this 1982 television performance was released as a single last year. If you are a Toyah fan, her Winter In Wonderland just became available – View here…

Santas Working Overtime: Spend the Holidays with Toyah, VTO, Hi-5, Chris Ward, Not Literally, John Rossall – View here…

A Very Vintage Christmas: Pts 1&2

December 11th, 2013

Just to confirm that Toyah’s Vintage TV 2013 festive special A Very Vintage Christmas has two parts, which are airing at different times over the festive season.

Part One has Leddra Chapman, Lee Broderick and Mari Wilson being interviewed and performing Christmas songs, and Part Two has The Feeling and Leee John of Imagination doing the same.

Dreamscape’s air dates guide has been updated to reflect this info. View here…

Both parts have streamed on Vintage TV’s website while airing and now both are also in their Library and available to view online. Watch Part One here, and Part Two here.

Official Toyah FB: Rewind Play Pause FF Stop

December 11th, 2013

Toyah’s Official Facebook made a selection of Play, Pause, Rewind… status posts recently, including a link to some interesting early info and a rare Sunday All Over The World photo:

<< REWIND: In the beginning………… Toyah performed live in a band with a less snappy name than ‘Toyah’ or Ninth Illusion! >> “When The Streets Were Dark With More Than Night” were a short lived Lou Reed-influenced punk outfit, playing youth clubs and pubs as well as a notorious gig at the Ford Youth club at the Ford Dagenham Car Plant – Continue reading…

STOP Toyah recorded a bunch of demos co-written with Robert Fripp in 1985 in advance of the release of the spoken word album The Lady Or The Tiger and before their marriage. On their 1991 album as Sunday All Over The World joined by Trey Gunn and Paul Beavis) the track “Freedom” includes the original 1985 demo vocal. Hear the song at Vimeo…

Christmas Countdown: Re-Joyce, Believe, Winter

December 10th, 2013


Yipee! It’s our first Christmas Countdown post – A great way to start, download some festive Toyah music to get you through the month.

1. Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter) by The Hazel O’Connor Collective, which included Toyah, was released three years ago at Christmas 2010. A charity single, raising funds for the hospice Hazel’s mum was looked after before her death. A great cause and a really good song. Download at iTunes. 2. I Believe In Father Christmas, Toyah’s version of the Greg Lake 70s festive classic (which was voted one of the greatest ever Christmas songs last year) has gathered quite a history over the years: It was originally recorded for ITV’s Pop Goes Christmas in 1982, Safari then included it on the ‘Mayhem’ compilation album in 1985, and later it was also made available on the CD ‘Live & More’. Last year it was released as a standalone digital single. Download at iTunes. 3. Winter In Wonderland, One year on and there’s a new digital single, no make that an EP, for Christmas – Winter in Wonderland… Download at iTunes.


Dun Punkin: Official New Trailer

December 10th, 2013

The trailer for the forthcoming and anticipated series, Dun Punkin, was released last week. Starring Toyah Willcox, Jud Charlton, Anabel Barnston, Topper Headon, Miss Baby Sol, The Three Belles, Lee Thompson, Barrie Masters and The Blockheads. View at ‘You Tube’ by clicking below.


Toyah @ Vintage TV This Christmas

December 9th, 2013

A Very Vintage ChristmasToyah’s Vintage Christmas Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo… All the confirmed upcoming airdates & times.


Winter in Wonderland: New EP

December 9th, 2013


Toyah has released a new EP for Christmas/Winter, Winter in Wonderland, features four songs recorded 20 years ago and all making their digital debut. This is Toyah’s 27th single release.

Toyah’s atmospheric ballad Winter In Wonderland is released digitally this December

Marking twenty years since the track was recorded, the release is also the first ever digital issue of any material from the fan-favourite album Take The Leap!. The track is released just in time for the winter holidays and also also includes three same era-demos as digital b-sides, previously available only on CDs.

Tracklist: 01. Winter in Wonderland, 02. Angel (Demo), 03. Requite Me (Demo), 04. Invisible Love (Demo).

• View further info, including links to download at iTunes & Amazon, at

Christmas 2013 @ Dreamscape!

December 9th, 2013

christmas2013aThis is Dreamscape’s 14th Christmas and in years gone by the site has celebrated the festive season by bringing you the “Toyah Advent Calendar”, “Toyah @ Christmas” and “Toyah’s Christmas Pasts”. Starting tomorrow I’m entering into the spirit of the season again by adding Toyah related Christmas posts but as these probably won’t be every day I’m not going to call it an Advent Calendar, and yes, I liked the site’s little “idents” from last year so much I’m using them again :)

Revisit regularly for Christmassy updates counting down to the 25th. Aside from the Double Issue ‘Radio Times’ and Doctor Who special, another of the best things about Christmas is I, and you, get to listen to December Will Be Magic Again by Kate Bush, one of my favourite songs, for the next few weeks…

Toyah’s Official Website celebrates Christmas with another Advent Calendar this year, and if it is anything like last year’s we have lots of goodies to look forward to!

Howabout Happy Christmas From The Stars to start us off? A flexi given away by Smash Hits at Christmas 1982 and still manages to make me smile after 30+ years. Click below to listen – Toyah arrives at 4.46, inbetween Martin Fry of ABC and Steve Strange of Visage. Too-de-loo!!

Official Toyah: New Look Website

December 9th, 2013

The Official Toyah Willcox Website has been completely revamped: New look, new format, new images… There’s lots to explore – Pay a visit by clicking below.


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Classic Pop: Top 100 Singles Of The 1980s

December 5th, 2013


The latest issue, number eight, of ‘Classic Pop’, is available to buy from today. The magazine counts down “The Top 100 Singles Of The 1980s – The Definitive Pop Playlist”, and Toyah’s classic 1981 single, the unforgettable ’Thunder In The Mountains’ is included at number 51 in the list.

Classic Pop say: “Toyah had a run of eight UK chart hits from 1981 – 1985 and, joint with It’s a Mystery, this was the biggest, reaching number four in 1981. Toyah’s since become a mainstay of daytime TV and panel shows, but a quick Youtube look at Godley & Creme’s video for this song is a reminder of just how freaky and powerful she was in those days, appearing as a flash forward to the era of Florence, Marina and Paloma”.

• The magazine is available in selected stores, visit their Facebook page. (Thanks to Andrew Moore)

A Very Vintage Christmas

December 3rd, 2013

A couple of screen caps from last night’s first airing of A Very Vintage Christmas on ‘Vintage TV’, presented by Toyah and Roy Wood. Click below to view larger versions. The programme airs again tomorrow at 10am.


Toyah’s Vintage Christmas Takeover!

December 2nd, 2013


Toyah is omnipresent on Vintage TV again this Christmas with repeats of her two previous festive specials and the latest, A Very Vintage Christmas, debuting tonight.

A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV
Monday 2nd December: 9.00pm

Presenters Toyah Willcox and Wizzard’s Roy Wood are cosying up by the fireplace with two guest artists on our new show as they talk Christmas and sing favourite festive songs.

There are numerous airdates already confirmed, with more to follow. View the full schedule so far here, and don’t forget Vintage TV are now streaming many of their shows online at their website.

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