no mystery why Toyah's still a star
Harry Potter, My
Space and wildlife all made their way into my
quick-fire chat with 80's singer Toyah
She is the first in a
luminary of stars to twinkle in the Gazette, as
we hurtle towards an 80s extravaganza on July 21,
when IML Concerts bring a host of the top artists
of the decade to perform in the shadow of Alnwick
With an impressive CV
spanning stage, screen and sound, the former punk
has starred in Brit film epic Quadrophenia,
provided voice-overs for cult child's TV series
Teletubbies and written two books.
Her varied career has also
given her a local claim to fame-appearing in
panto alongside Warwick Davis, who played
Flitwick, of Harry Potter fame, which was partly
filmed at Alnwick Castle.
And she says she is
looking forward to taking to the stage with Midge
Urne, Go West, ABC, T'Pau and Berlinda Carlisle,
who she says are like 'Family'.
"It's going to be
great," she enthused. "We are like
family, we've known each other for years, and
when we get together we are terrible gossips. We
always said, in the 80s people got expelled to my
music, fell in love to Belinda Carlisle and
divorced to Go West."
Fans of her music are in
for a treat, as Toyah promises to belt out all
the hits, like It's a Mystery and I Want to be
Free. She can't decide which number from her
extensive musical career she would pick out her
favourite, saying, "It will be all my hit
songs, and I try to inject enthusiasm and love
into everything I do."
And she is also soon to
make an appearance on the small screen, alongside
naturalist David Attenbrough, in a series on
Britain's disappearing wildlife. Saving Planet
Earth will hit our screens on June 28, and Toyah
admits she was shocked by what the programme
She said: "I am a fan
of anything natural, and that is how that came
about. I was really shocked by the sort of
animals that are in danger of becoming extinct,
like Salmon and Swans because they are loosing
their natural habitat."
Toyah is no stranger to
TV, also presenting a show the the Foreign
Property Channel, and says she has invested
wisely in property abroad herself, and also runs
a gameshow company, Eccentric Games.
"I really enjoy
investment, I think women are good at it,"
she said. She spends hours online managing her
bussinesses but confesses she hasn't quite got
the hang of web phenomenon MySpace.
"Some fans came up to
me after a gig and said 'You don't even know
where your MySpace page is, do you?" she
reveals, "I am terrible at