Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! (All The Hits)

It's a strange irony that, of all the strutting, posing pop stars around, Toyah is regarded and respected as one of our finest "serious" actresses and yet her videos hardly display this talent atall. Like most, they rely on strong dynamic images rather than plot development of storyline. And mostly it works, simply because Toyah looks so natural and so dynamic.

In 'I Want to be Free', she looks, and acts like a spoilt brat, then - with a change of costume and hairstyle - she makes aquite convincing (and wholly charismatic) warrior goddess. 'Brave New World' and 'Rebel Run' are disappointing for their lack of adventure - simply Toyah trying to look "mysterious" over a backdrop of visual wizardry.

But the final live film of Toyah performing 'It's A Mystery' reaffirms her good humour, charm, energy and rapport with an audience - and leaves you wanting more.

Video Review Magazine
1984