|80s hitmaker Toyah hits
Toyah Willcox has joined other stars from the
1980s on the Hitmakers Tour, taking in several UK
Toyah, who had hits with
'It's A Mystery' and 'I Want To Be Free', says
the music is a hit with everyone: "My
generation are the generation that did not grow
up", says the 48-year-old musician, actress
and presenter. "Obviously we have the
original fans and their children as well, but the
audience is getting younger, thanks to things
The Hitmakers Tour comes
hot on the heels of a resurgence in the
popularity of 80s music and fashion - something
Toyah is revelling in.
"The music has come
up big time with a younger generation," she
says. "They can remember the 80s but can't
remember the bad days of politics around then.
They just remember the music."
Toyah, who rose to fame in
the late 1970s and 1980s, says she is enjoying
her music career as she begins the Hitmakers Tour
of the UK.
"These days I just go
out and enjoy it," says Toyah, who has
scored several Top 40 hits. "In the last 12
months I have had 10 re-released albums and they
are now in all the major record shops. It's more
fun now because I'm not having to churn out hit
after hit... it was back breaking."
Toyah starred in ITV's I'm
A Celebrity... in 2003. "I was expecting a
bit of a rest, a bit of sunshine, but it was
freezing. I was starving and covered in leeches.
I'm sure the audience think we go off to a hotel
for a meal every night and have a nice bath. You
don't. You stink. it was tough. I don't envy
anyone going on it now - In fact I get a thrill
out of knowing what they are going to be going
Toyah says she enjoys the
fame her career has brought. She has been in the
public eye since the laste 1970s when her music
and film career first took off.
"I'm a big fan of
attention and I don't have a problem with being
in magazines, and I play the celebrity game
anyway. But I'm a woman over the age of 30, and I
have an established career, so don't have that
Toyah says she would not
want to be starting today: "I think it's
different today. in my day there were independent
record labels and you could be very successful
with them. To have longevity these days you have
to be very talented, and I'm not sure the labels
are promoting longevity.
"The music industry
is going through a huge change, and I don't think
anyone is sure how it is going to play
16th October 2006
Thanks to Zoe Clow