Bicat was looking for an unusual girl to play the lead in
his new TV play Glitter
"This is definitely where my
committment to music started"; Toyah,
'Living Out Loud' 2000
Miss Willcox, the BBC here. good news, you've got
aged 17, being informed that she had just won the
role of Sue in the BBC Second City Firsts
was my first professional acting. My first time
in the studio on multi-camera. Technique eluded
me but there was a spark that everyone seemed to
my life I had wanted to sing. This was my
the play I had to sing with the band, Bilbo
Baggins. inspired by the band, the equipment, the
volume, the ambience... my mind was set. I had to
put a band together myself, or get into one...
never get anywhere if you play the guitar sitting
got to let go sometimes, or you'll just die"
was this was Toyah's first ever professional
acting role, it was also the first time she sang
Toyah performs two songs in the
30 minute TV play.
She co-wrote both.
1. Floating Free
2. Dream Maker
'Floating Free' is an acoustic
ballad, with Phil Daniels accompanying Toyah on
"You can never tie me down,
cos I am floating free, you'll never tie me to
the ground with your reality... "
"You're still here, and I'm
a million miles away... You're still here, and
I'm a million miles away... floating free...
must've been young once?"
you know that Suzi Quatro is the only girl in the
of the universe to make
it as a bass guitarist?"
The second song, which closes the
drama, 'Dream Maker', was performed with the
band, Bilbo Baggins. This is far rockier than
'Floating Free' with Toyah giving no hint that
she was new to performing as a singer.
"Well I was looking in the
mirror, to see what I could see. I saw somebody
drowning, could it be the real me?"
"Heartbreaker, dream maker,
get you, sooner or later... "
The lyrics to both songs could be
considered quite "Toyah-ish" though she
receives no credit for either.
Nick Bicat is credited with
composing and directing the musical content of
wanna be so famous, that I'm a household name,
all over the world"
something in my beans... meat!!"
Glitter: Did You Know?
There was only two weeks to rehearse
and record Glitter.
The drama was filmed in 1975 but
wasn't broadcast until a year later.
Toyah was spotted by a wardrobe mistress at BBC
Pebble Mill while
she was appearing as an extra in a drama set in
Nick Bicat had spread the word he
was looking for "a girl who had
to look different, sound different,
and be able to sing".
The wardrobe mistress contacted him
to let him know she had spotted
"an unusual looking girl"
at BBC Pebble Mill.
Toyah auditioned for the part of Sue
by singing David Bowie's
'Life On Mars'.
"I sang it dreadfully",
recalled Toyah 25 years later.
Sue: TOYAH WILLCOX
Barry: PHIL DANIELS
Ray Gutburg: DIXIE DEAN
DJ: NOEL EDMONDS
Sue's mother: DOREMY VERNON
Pop Group: BILBO BAGGINS
Producer: TARA PREM
Director: TONY BICAT
|| [ Thanks
to Andi Westhorpe for his help with this tribute
to Glitter ]