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Video Killed The Radio Star: Sky Arts TONIGHT!!

August 3rd, 2018

A reminder that the Video Killed The Radio Star Toyah Special premieres tonight on Sky Arts at 8.30pm. There’s also a repeat next Tuesday.

Video Killed The Radio Star: Sky Arts: Friday 3rd August: 8.30pm
Video Killed The Radio Star: Sky Arts: Tuesday 7th August: 7.30pm
Toyah Willcox. (Series 7, Episode 6) A look back at the most memorable music videos of Toyah Willcox, who has had eight Top 40 singles over the last four decades.

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Toyah on TV: The Vintage TV Sessions

July 3rd, 2018

The Vintage TV Sessions, with Toyah performing acoustic versions of Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free, which originally aired in March 2014, is repeated this week.

The Vintage TV Sessions: Vintage TV: Thursday 5th July: 4am
Five great acts sing two songs apiece at our Vintage TV Sessions: indie rockers The Struts, punk princess Toyah Willcox, singers Judie Tzuke and Josephine and Nik Kershaw.

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Ieya (Extended) on Extend The 80s Alternative CD

June 28th, 2018

extend18aToyah’s legendary Ieya is included on the new compilation CD/Download Extend The 80s Alternative.

Essential 12″ and Extended Mixes of 80s Alternative Tracks.

The 30-track album is released by BMG tomorrow and also includes extended versions of:

Club Country, and Party Fears Two by The Associates, The More You Live The More You Love by A Flock Of Seagulls, No Mercy by The Stranglers, Can’t Get Used To Losing You by The Beat, She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby,  Waiting For A Train by Flash & The Pan, Absolutely Immune by Act, Going Left Right by Department S, Amour Amour by The Mobiles, Duel by Propaganda, Terry by Kirsty MacColl and many more.

• Further info at Amazon.

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Super Deluxe Edition: Various Artists / Eighties Alternative

May 23rd, 2018

eightiesalt18bExclusively on vinyl next month comes eighties alternative. This offers 30 ‘alternative’ eighties songs from a variety of artists including Scritti Politti, Pixies, Propaganda, Bauhaus and John Foxx.

As is often the case with these kind of compilations the definition of ‘alternative’ is rather broad, so as well as the artists above, tracks from Howard Jones, Bronski Beat and Dead Or Alive also feature.

No CD release for this 2LP set, which is clearly designed to appeal to those who have re-embraced vinyl, and it’s pretty good value at under £17 in the UK. eighties alternative is released on 1 June 2018 on Demon Records.

• Continue reading at Super Deluxe Edition. More info on this here. (NB: I Want To Be Free by Toyah is included on LP2 of this double vinyl album).

Four From Toyah: Birthday Edition EP

May 19th, 2018

Fantastic to see the Four From Toyah: Birthday Edition EP doing so well on its first day of release yesterday. Great new songs from Toyah and Simon Darlow, it’s always special to hear new music from Toyah. Click below to download. (Thanks to Official Toyah for the FFT flyer design)

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Four From Toyah: Robert Fripp is a Telepathic Lover!

May 19th, 2018

What’s caused Robert to shake his money maker to Telepathic Lover by Toyah? The news that Four From Toyah (Birthday Edition) is No.1 In Amazon’s Rock Digital Charts pre-order and No.12 in Digital Albums charts as well.

Four From Toyah: Birthday Edition @ Amazon

May 18th, 2018

fft18cGreat news for Toyah on her birthday.

The Four From Toyah: Birthday Edition EP is doing brilliantly in Amazon’s Best Sellers lists.

As of 15 minutes ago the EP was number 2 in the Rock Albums chart, 4 in the Hot New Releases chart, and number 8 in the Album chart.

These lists are updated hourly.

The new EP includes four new and previously unreleased songs written by Toyah and Simon Darlow:

1. Telepathic Lover 2. Who Let The Beast Out 3. Fire Escape 4. Our Hearts Still Beat

• Four From Toyah: Birthday Edition was released today and is available to download from Amazon by clicking below. It’s also available to download from iTunes and to stream at Spotify.

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Four From Toyah – Birthday EP: Pre-Order Now!

May 16th, 2018

Toyah’s new four-track EP is available to pre-order now from Amazon. It’s released on Friday.

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Happy 36th!: Brave New World

May 14th, 2018

Welcome to Toyah’s 60th Birthday week… The amazing Brave New World was released as a single 36 years ago today. Accompanied by the greatest visual imagery by ANY pop star EVER! Happy Birthday to a truly iconic 20th Century pop moment. View Official Toyah’s Instagram post on this by clicking below.

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Melissa Mailer-Yates – Brave New World

May 14th, 2018

Toyah’s amazing Brave New World was released as a single 36 years ago today. Read our interview with Melissa Mailer-Yates, discussing her Brave New World inspired painting of Toyah, by clicking below.

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Get Surrey: The Toyah Band at Bonaparte Records 1980

May 10th, 2018

getsurrey18aToyah Willcox and her band stop by Guildford’s Bonaparte Records shop

Take a trip back to the 1980s, when record shops were 10 a penny, and post-punk visited Guildford

Post-punk singer and actress Toyah Willcox and her band members paid a visit to the Bonaparte Records shop in Phoenix Court, Guildford, prior to playing a gig at the Civic Hall later that night, on May 29 1980.

Toyah, who was only 22 at the time, was signing copies of the band’s new single Ieya, from the album The Blue Meaning.

The shop was crowded with fans of post-punk, who who were pushing towards the counter, where Toyah and her band were signing albums and singles. Later, the band posed for photos outside, before heading off to sound check at the Civic Hall, where they were to play that night.

• Continue reading at Get Surrey.

Eighties Alternative Double-Vinyl: I Want To Be Free

April 20th, 2018

eightiesalt18aFollowing its inclusion on last year’s The 80s Pop Annual, Toyah’s classic 1981 pop anthem I Want To Be Free is featured on another double-vinyl compilation set to be released this Summer.

Eighties Alternative is released on Demon Records – the label who are also releasing Desire on red vinyl tomorrow – on 1st June 2018.

Available exclusively on vinyl – 4 Sides of Defining Eighties Hits.

The album also includes songs by Scritti Politti, Propoganda, Pixies, Dead or Alive, The Lotus Eaters, The Primitives, Adam & The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Altered Images, John Foxx and numerous others, so Toyah is in great company.

• Further info on/Pre-order this release at Amazon.

RSD2018: Toyah on Splash / Echo Beach Video

April 20th, 2018

desirered18bLess than one day to go until Desire is released on limited edition translucent red vinyl for RSD2018.

Here are another couple of Desire related posts to finish the countdown…

Splash: Toyah guesting on ITV’s, short-lived teatime pop show, Splash from 1987 – around the time of the release of Desire. Not great quality but worth a watch to see Toyah having some fun while discussing the album, Cabaret, her earlier career and more - Watch at You Tube… (NB: Not to be confused with this Splash!)

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• Echo Beach: Watch/Listen to Toyah’s 1987 single, with remastered audio, at The Official Toyah You Tube channel - Desire, the album from which the single was taken, is also available digitally.

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Top Of The Pops: 1983 – Rebel Run

April 20th, 2018

Top Of The Pops: BBC4: Wednesday 2nd May: 1am
22.09.1983. Simon Bates and Mike Read present the pop chart programme, first broadcast in September 1983. Featuring Toyah Willcox, David Bowie, Nick Heyward, The Alarm, Howard Jones and Hot Chocolate.

• Visit the BBC Top Of The Pops website. Click below for Dreamscape’s Rebel Run (and other Love Is The Law) lyrics.

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Pop Styles (1984): Thunder In The Mountains: Sci-Fi Toyah

April 3rd, 2018

sotw12aOver the past 40 years Toyah has provided the world with numerous “Iconic Images” (good name for a fanzine, that!) but has there ever been imagery as mesmerising as that which Toyah adopted for Thunder In The Mountains in 1981? The book ‘Pop Styles’ seemed to think so even back in 1984…

Pop Styles, by Ted Polhemus & Lynn Procter (1984) An A-Z Guide To The World Where Fashion Meets Rock’N'Roll

Crazy Colour: Perhaps the most important pendulum swing in the history of pop styles is that between nature and artifice. One of the best ways to join the against-nature school of thought is to dye your hair a bright colour or better still a whole collection of colours which nature never intended to appear on the head of a human being. Historical examples are few, however, as the technology has only been widely available a short time. Only impermanent vegetable dyes were available before the seventies and it was punks who first combined an anti-natural attitude with the new chemicals. Special credit therefore goes to Wee Willie Harris who caused a furore in the fifties when he dyed his hair so pink it dripped down his collar in the rain, Roy Wood who fronted Wizzard behind a mass of multicoloured locks and of course David Bowie. Ultimately, however, the first prize must go to post-punk Toyah Willcox who with dyes and hair spray has resculpted her head into a homage to artifice which even the most daring of science fiction films have failed to equal.

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• Toyah’s Offical website/social media spaces will be counting down to Toyah’s Birthday with Forty From Toyah - 40 classic images spanning Toyah’s amazing career.