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Dreamscape: Site Stats

April 18th, 2019

stats19aOne of our sporadic looks at which countries are visiting this website, and thus interested in the latest news on Toyah and, currently, In The Court Of The Crimson Queen

As always the majority of our hits are from within the UK, but there are numerous other countries checking in, including a significant total from the USA.

The last 500 visitors to www.toyah.net are from: United Kingdom (371), United States (51), South Africa (11), Finland (8), Canada (6), Netherlands (5), Italy (5), Ireland (5), Germany (5), Denmark (4), Australia (4), Estonia (3), Russian Federation (2), Korea (2), Spain (2), Luxembourg (1), France (1) and China (1).

Interest is truly global and not strictly limited to the digital world. The latest fanzines were posted out to the UK, US, Australia, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Estonia, Switzerland, Spain and France.

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Dreamscape: The Furious (Vegetarian) Futures

April 4th, 2019

This website is now in it’s 20th year – yes I’ve been furiously typing away here for over 19 years now – and before anyone accuses me of moaning about that, I’m not. Yes, I have been known to complain very occasionally :), but not at the moment! I’ve mostly enjoyed posting about Toyah’s amazingly eclectic career over the years. It’s been fascinating, fun, fulfilling, occasionally frustrating and fundamentally a fantastic hobby (lots of f’s from Fleming there!). I’ve been thinking about the future of this site, what with the absolute juggernaut onslaught of social media, one sometimes wonders if websites, particularly fansites, are a resource that is even needed anymore? I’m vaguely proud of keeping this site going as it proves I’m not as fickle as I thought. The only other thing I’ve stuck with for longer is being vegetarian. Almost 35 years of not eating animals. Veggies need to be louder and prouder in these ridiculous vegan-bashing times!!!

So with regards to all that I think Dreamscape is going to change. More streamlined, news-orientated/focused, and possibly a sporadic print version – sort of a back-to-basic newsletter type format – for people who aren’t completely living in a digital world. Watch this space!

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Site Info: 1984/85 Gallery

February 4th, 2019

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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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Dreamscape: 20th Year Online – Soon!

January 14th, 2019

In less than two month’s time Dreamscape will enter it’s 20th year online.

I started working on creating this website as something to help me deal with my Mother’s death in the late 1990s. Unfortunately it didn’t manage that but it did keep me occupied in my spare time through much of 1999. I put the site online on 10th March 2000 after a previous attempt to launch it on the 1st January that year. My initial intention was that it would be a rolling news service, constantly updated with all the latest Toyah happenings. Some people said the idea would never work. 19 years, and thousands & thousands of posts, later, I like to think it did!

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Perhaps if I’d known the hate that would be directed at me over the years I wouldn’t have bothered. In 2012 I almost closed Dreamscape when things got particularly unpleasant, and recently there has been an undercurrent of nastiness again. On a far more positive note, through this site I’ve made fantastic lifelong friends who I really treasure. There were some fake friends too but they, thankfully, fucked off. Grrr, I always have to end on a negative lol!!

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Dreamscape: Site Stats

December 9th, 2018

stats18aHey! It’s Christmas, an ideal time to take one of our, very sporadic, looks at the visitor stats to this website.

In these times of social media essentially becoming the internet for many people, this site is still very busy and continues to receive 100′s of unique visitors each and every day.

Even on the quietest day of the last couple of months, which was Saturday 20th October, there were still 130 unique visitors. I have friends who run well-known Madonna, Doctor Who and U2 fansites and all say social media has seriously affected their visitor stats over recent years.

In the last 24 hours alone there have been visits to Dreamscape from: United Kingdom, United States, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Australia, France, Thailand, Sweden, Netherlands, China, Poland, Jersey, Estonia, Germany and Austria.

View a larger version of the stats graphic here.

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Dreamscape News Archive: 2018 Toyah News

December 3rd, 2018

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for the last 12 months has now been added to our News Archive. It’s been quite a year for Toyah, with a landmark birthday, numerous gigs, TV appearances, press, film roles, an anniversary tour and much more. Revisit at least some of it by clicking below.

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Site News: Dreamscape’s Gallery Back Online!

July 29th, 2018

Lay-oh lay-oh lay-oh layay man tey sa-ra-rai!!! After almost 18 months in the wilderness… this website’s Toyah Gallery is, at last, back online! Browse 1000′s of photos of Toyah, including numerous shots from many of the live concerts, festivals and anniversary tours from the past decade, by clicking below…

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There’s also a large collection of photos from the early years of Toyah’s career, right through the Safari Records late 1970s/early 1980s, the Minx/CBS era and into the late Eighties, the Nineties and, yep, the Noughties!! Click below for more photos of Toyah than you can shake a 7″ single at!

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NB: No infringement intended. All photos remain the copyright of their respective owners. Photos are mostly average quality scans from my magazine/fanclub collection of Toyah memorabilia and/or live gig photos generously gifted to Dreamscape by Toyah fans. This is a non-profit fansite, celebrating the 40 year career of Toyah Willcox.

Dreamscape Gallery: Back Soon!

June 22nd, 2018

Dreamscape’s Gallery section will be returning to the site in the not too distant future. There are 1000s of photos of Toyah to browse at the gallery from her mindbogglingly vast and eclectic career. Click below for a look at just one of the many Gallery pages – Toyah 2010 –.

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Thanks to Sharon Dickson, Kevin Slyfield, Becky Varley, Claire Wade, Barry Delaney and Claire (FestivalFolkie) for the fantastic photos above of Toyah at Rewind Scotland 2011, Rebellion Festival 2011, Here & Now 80s Concert, Ascot and Wickham Festival 2011. (Great photos and fantastic memories!)

Dreamscape Gallery: Back Soon!

June 19th, 2018

Dreamscape’s Gallery section will be returning to the site in the not too distant future. There’s 1000s of photos of Toyah to browse and I’ve been asked numerous times when it will be available again. Click below for a look at just one of the many Gallery pages – Toyah Live 2015.

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Thanks to Brian Marsh, Official Toyah, Chesney Hawkes, Paul/P A C Photography, Damon King, Angus Turner, Ian Davis, Mark Evans and Rewind Scotland for the great shots above.

Toyah 60: Toyah’s Birthday 2006

May 17th, 2018

Just a day to go until Toyah’s 60th. Over the last few weeks we’ve been revisiting previous birthdays and retro content while counting down to 18th May. 12 years ago Dreamscape celebrated Toyah’s birthday with special updates all over the site. Click below to take a trip back to May 2006.

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Toyah 60: Retro Radio Interviews

May 16th, 2018

It’s Toyah’s 60th Birthday week… Listen to some retro Toyah interviews from throughout her 40 year career at Dreamscape’s Downloads section…

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Desire: Dive In and Be Rescued!

April 8th, 2018

desire18bJust two weeks until Toyah’s 1987 album Desire is released on limited edition translucent red vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive, on Saturday 21st April.

The LP will be available exclusively in independent record stores only on Record Store Day but will be available beyond this day until stocks are all sold. This new edition is mastered from the original master tapes.

Exclusive to RSD2018, this numbered 30th anniversary edition of Toyah’s Desire pressed on heavyweight red Translucent vinyl was her first album for the EG label, and features her hit single cover version of Echo Beach as well as a cover of Donna Summer’s Love’s Unkind. Produced by Mike Hedges (Tears For Fears, The Cure) the album features Robert Fripp (who co-wrote the title track) and Ronnie Wood. The inner sleeve features the lyrics. This is limited to 1000 units worldwide.

• In the meantime revisit Dreamscape’s celebration of Desire by clicking below… (Thanks to toyahwillcox.com and recordstoreday.co.uk for the above info)

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Dreamscape Audio/Video: In The Psychiatrist’s Chair

April 3rd, 2018

Toyah guested on BBC Radio Four’s In The Psychiatrist’s Chair in September 1992. A fascinating interview with Dr Anthony Clare. Certainly one of the most honest and interesting of the many Toyah has given over the last 40 years. This originally aired on 9th September 1992 and runs for approximately 40 minutes. Click below to listen or download.

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Dreamscape Press Archive: Read Up On Toyah!

April 3rd, 2018

Check out the Dreamscape Press Archive. Classic Toyah interviews, reviews, features, articles and clippings – A huge virtual library with press from 1979 through to 2014.

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Dreamscaping with Toyah @ 60!

March 12th, 2018

bday60e2018 is a big deal – This year Toyah celebrates the landmark event of turning 60, on 18th May. Not only that, this year is also the 40th anniversary of Toyah first making music.

Ten years ago I had a blast counting down to and celebrating Toyah’s fantastic 50th and hope to share some celebratory posts in the build up to Toyah’s 60th in just over two month’s time. Toyah’s official website and social media spaces are also celebrating #Toyah60 with special content and Toyah memories, career achievements and highlights.

• Dreamscape is now in its 19th year of sharing Toyah news so we have a comprehensive archive to look back on and simultaneously celebrate Toyah hitting 60! Have a browse at our many features looking at Toyah’s flabbergasting career and stay tuned for more memories…

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Dreamscape News Archive: 2017 Toyah News

January 21st, 2018

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for the last 12 months has now been added to our News Archive.

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Dreamscape News Archive: December 2016

January 15th, 2017

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for December 2016 has now been added to our comprehensive News Archive. In less than two month’s time this website will enter it’s 18th year online…

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Dreamscape: Toyah News Archive

December 6th, 2016

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for September to November 2016 has now been archived – Browse almost 17 years of updates and info, all still available to read, by clicking below…

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Dreamscape: Toyah News Archive

September 3rd, 2016

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for July and August 2016 has now been archived.

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Dreamscape: Toyah News Archive

July 3rd, 2016

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for April, May and June 2016 has now been archived. Click below to browse the past – Now close to 16.5 years of retro Toyah news, updates and info. Bonkers!!

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