Of The 80s Pop Princesses
Once they were rich, famous and idolised by millions.
And now - oh, no! - they're going back on the road
Toyah Willcox, 43, began her career 25 years ago
and had one of her biggest hits with It's A Mystery.
What have you been doing?
A bit of everything. I've always been painfully
insecure. Fear of poverty has driven me to work hard for financial success.
Highs and lows?
The level of success I enjoyed in the Eighties
was staggering for me. One minute, people laughing at my pink hair, the
next, they were all copying me. Fame has been a blessing.
What's not so good is popping out to the shop
while suffering from PMT and looking like shit - people still recognise
Your most memorable fame moment?
Playing in front of 10,000 people in Belfast in
1981, at the height of the troubles. the crowd went mental. They pulled
the heels off my boots, ripped off my clothes and pulled out my hair. I
got back on stage in only my tights and bra and had to be saved. by the
tour bus backing through the crowd up to the stage.
Most embarrassing moment?
Ra-ra skirts, legwarmers and boob tubes. I felt
a prat in them the first time around, and there's no way I'd ever wear
What about your love life?
I've been with my husband, rock guitarist Robert
Fripp, since 1986. Meeting him was a godsend. People think we're an odd
couple, but we get on so well because we're as weird as each other. We
don't have kids - I forgot.
Have you made your fortune?
Certainly not from music, but I've made plenty
from investments. People are always surprised that our properties (in London,
the Midlands and the U.S.) are relatively inexpensive and I drive around
in a normal little car.
But then, we own everything outright. I hate being
Would you make a comeback?
Well, I'm not yearning to be on Top Of The Pops
What do you think of today's stars?
Nowadays, the music industry is more about marketing
than talent. But I love Bjork, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos. And, although I
'd hate to be her, Madonna rocks.
Fame brought isolation. I had very few mates and
never met any of these wonderful women back then. We were too busy competing
against each other. If I could go back, I'd change that.
What about the future?
I'm on the Eighties Here & Now tour and I've
got a new EP coming out. I'm also working on an album, touring with Calamity
Jane later this year and taking life-drawing classes. I love being in my
forties. I think I'm happier than I've ever been.
Now Magazine/Scottish Daily Mail