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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.

Top Of The Pops: 1981 – Thunder In The Mountains (Video)

January 31st, 2018

Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Tuesday 6th February: 1am
15/10/1981. David ‘Kid’ Jensen presents the TOTP hits of the week, first broadcast on 15 October 1981. Includes appearances from BA Robertson & Maggie Bell, Squeeze, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, This Year’s Blonde, Toyah, the Creatures and Bad Manners. Also includes a dance sequence by Legs & Co. (NB: Toyah’s appearance is via the TITM video)

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Top Of The Pops: 1981 – Thunder In The Mountains

January 26th, 2018

Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Thursday 1st February: 1.40am
01/10/81. Mike Read introduces the pop programme. Includes appearances from Godley & Creme (Under Your Thumb), Sheena Easton (Just Another Broken Heart), The Teardrop Explodes (Passionate Friend), The Creatures (Mad Eyed Screamer), Ottawan (Hands Up [Give Me Your Heart]), Toyah (Thunder In The Mountains), Bad Manners (Walking In The Sunshine), Altered Images (Happy Birthday), Dollar (Hand Held In Black & White), Adam & The Ants (Prince Charming).

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The (New) Vinyl Villain: Four Indie #1′s

December 14th, 2016

newvv16aWho Had Four #1′s In The 1981 Indie Singles Chart?

Treat yourself to a chocolate biscuit if you got that one correct. If you don’t have such a thing close to hand then go buy one from a nearby shop and I’ll reimburse you as long as you send me the receipt.

Toyah, contrary to popular belief, was not just a solo project for Ms Willcox. Back in 1977, three friends had spent a brief period playing under the name Ninth Illusion, without recording any music. In the beginning of 1978 they added some more musicians and settled on a new, taking it from their female vocalist who was also just beginning to forge a name for herself as an actress.

By mid-1979 the band had signed to the London-based Safari Records and over the next 18 months here would be a handful of singles and LPs that didn’t really do all that much. By late 1980, there had been further line-up changes with only Joel Bogen remaining from the earlier line-ups and the decision was taken to focus on a more pop-orientated sound.

• Continue reading at The (New) Vinyl Villain.

Top Of The Pops: Thunder In The Mountains

May 25th, 2016

Toyah’s ‘Thunder In The Mountains’ Top of The Pops studio appearance, which re-aired on BBC Four last week. (Thanks to MadFranko008)

Top Of The Pops: 1981: Thunder In The Mountains (Video)

May 10th, 2016

Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Friday 20th May: 7.30pm
Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Saturday 21st May: 0.00am
15/10/1981. David ‘Kid’ Jensen presents the TOTP hits of the week, first broadcast on 15 October 1981. Includes appearances from BA Robertson & Maggie Bell, Squeeze, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, This Year’s Blonde, Toyah, the Creatures and Bad Manners. Also includes a dance sequence by Legs & Co. (NB: Toyah’s appearance is via the TITM video)

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Top Of The Pops: 1981: Thunder In The Mountains

May 7th, 2016

Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Thursday 19th May: 7.30pm
Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Friday 20th May: 0.30am
01/10/81. Mike Read introduces the pop programme. Includes appearances from Godley & Creme (Under Your Thumb), Sheena Easton (Just Another Broken Heart), The Teardrop Explodes (Passionate Friend), The Creatures (Mad Eyed Screamer), Ottawan (Hands Up [Give Me Your Heart]), Toyah (Thunder In The Mountains), Bad Manners (Walking In The Sunshine), Altered Images (Happy Birthday), Dollar (Hand Held In Black & White), Adam & The Ants (Prince Charming).

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Sky High Radio: Toyah Interview/Acoustic

January 24th, 2016

Toyah’s recent interview on Sky High Radio, plus acoustic performances of It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and Sensational, have been uploaded to You Tube…

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Thunder In The Mountains… & On The One Show

September 8th, 2015

Toyah on The One Show earlier this evening. Recreating the iconic Thunder In The Mountains hair and make-up, with the help of make-up artist Sean Chapman and hairdresser Michael Douglas. Toyah also made a surprise appearance live on the programme, joining guests Simon Le Bon and John Taylor of Duran Duran on the sofa. Watch the programme at BBC iPlayer.

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Vintage TV/HMV Digital: Warrior Rocking!

March 2nd, 2015

vintage15bTwo live Toyah classics, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free, both from the 1982 Safari Records album Warrior Rock, are included in the new Vintage TV/HMV Digital link-up. Toyah played acoustic versions of both on The Vintage TV Sessions (Episode 4) in early 2014. That show is airing again soon.

Vintage TV is delighted to announce an exciting new relationship with HMV Digital!

Vintage TV music-lovers, you can now listen to all your favourite tracks from The Vintage TV Sessions, courtesy of HMV Digital. From Steve Harley to Lulu, Marc Almond to Lisa Stansfield, simply head over to HMV Digital to download your top songs and listen to them over and over again! There are over a 100 songs for you to add to your music library, so what are you waiting for?

• Continue reading at Vintage TV. Visit Vintage at HMV Digital.

Rewind – The 80s Album: New CD/Download

August 2nd, 2014

rewind80scd14aThunder In The Mountains is included on a new three-disc CD (and download) compilation, Rewind – The 80s Album, released this Monday, 4th August.

The soundtrack to you Rewind Festival filled summer is here… This 3CD collection features a decade of classic pop hits from some of the most talented acts and Rewind performers past and present, all laced with nothing but pure nostalgia. Including Rick Astley, Chesney Hawkes, Jason Donovan, The Human League, Go West, Kool & The Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire plus loads more.

The enduring, and classic, Thunder In The Mountains, which thanks to Nick Tauber’s amazing production skills still sounds as fresh today as it did 33 years ago, is the final track on Disc Two of the collection.

• View further info on the CD set, at the Rewind Festival website. It’s available to order/buy at Amazon.

Vintage Live Sessions: Acoustic Toyah

January 30th, 2014

vintage14aToyah has recorded a two-song acoustic session for a future edition of Vintage Live Sessions. This will air on Vintage TV.

Classic 1981 singles ‘Thunder In The Mountains’ and ‘I Want To Be Free’ were performed. The programme will also feature The Struts, Nik Kerhsaw and Judie Tzuke.

Toyah is accompanied by Chris Wong and Colin Hinds who will be the line-up seen on Toyah’s 2014 Acoustic, Up Close & Personal concert dates.

News Source: Official Toyah (Photo © Roger Goodgroves)

Classic Pop: Top 100 Singles Of The 1980s

December 5th, 2013

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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)

Live 2013: Toyah @ Jack Up The 80s

August 12th, 2013

Toyah performing ‘Thunder In The Mountains’ at yesterday’s Jack Up The 80s festival in the Isle of Wight. Toyah tweeted a photo of the band just before they got the ferry. View more photos here and here.

Club to Catwalk: Toyah’s Info Board

July 11th, 2013

A recreation of the info board that accompanies Toyah’s Melissa Caplan outfit at the, just opened, Club to Catwalk exhibition at the V&A. Click below for a larger version, view all of Dreamscape’s news on the exhibition here, and stay tuned for more coming soon!

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