Hits Reader's Poll 1981:
is not one to let the mould gather. During the
last couple of weeks she's been hopping from one
European capital to another in a kind of
promotional mini-tour. It's also a warm up for a
mammoth world tour that starts next May and
should last until Christmas '82.
this is just scratching the surface. After her
British tour and Christmas Eve Old Grey Whistle
Test Special, she's only going to make a movie,
take part in a new BBC2 comedy series called
"Dear Heart" (says Toyah: "It's a
teenage version of Not The Nine O'Clock
News") and record a new album come
April. But what about the movie?
a horror film about a singer who goes mad and
starts living in her hallucinations. It's very
we're going to take the horror clichés out of
it. We're not aiming at the musical angle but
what's going on in the woman's brain. I think
it'll be quite a psychedelic movie. I'm also the
consultant on the occult side."
fashion designer Zandra Rhodes is in charge of
and I get on because we have something in common.
We both believe in fairies. We're aiming at
creating something that's very beautiful and also
not going to be part of any trend in the music
world so that people can watch it in five years'
time and not associate it with New Romantics or
punks or whatever."
on a tick, Toyah, have you heard the news? You've
been voted by a veritable landslide Best Female
Singer of '81.
great! Fantastic! I'm delighted."
the Christmas present of your dreams?
I don't know... What can I say? I think I'd like
to go somewhere that's hot... maybe a desert
island. Everywhere's so cold at the moment... I
know... I'd like to be given a holiday in
the big day itself?
Christmas Day I'm going with my mum and dad
somewhere that I'm keeping a secret, but it's
somewhere that people know."
the riddle and you might see her there.
was a unnerving three second delay when Toyah was
informed that she had won Most Fanciable Female
award. Are you still upright, Toyah?
God. I never expected that. It's amazing. I
thought Kim Wilde would have got it. A kiss from
Toyah to everyone who voted for me!"
Toyah, 2. Kim Wilde, 3. Clare Grogan, 4. Sheena
Easton, 5. Debbie Harry, 6. Kate Bush, 7. Bo
Derek, 8. Pamela Stephenson, 9. Joanne Catherall,
10. Olivia Newton John.
Dare - The Human League, 2. Duran Duran - Duran
Duran, 3. Ghost In The Machine - The Police, 4.
Dance - Gary Numan, 5. 7 - Madness, 6. Rage In
Eden - Ultravox, 7. Anthem - Toyah, 8. Prince
Charming - Adam & The Ants, 9. Present Arms -
UB40, 10. Architecture And Morality - OMD.
In The Mountains' was voted 12th Best Single of
Group - Fad Gadget : Best Female Singer - Joan
Armatrading : Best Male Singer - Peter Gabriel :
Best Album - nothing : Best Single - 'Tainted
Love' Soft Cell : Best TV Programme - 'The Shogun
Inheritance' : Best Radio Show - John Peel : Most
Appalling Record - 'The Birdie Song' The Tweets :
Most Promising New Act For 1982 - Bow Wow Wow,
Altered Images : Most Fanciable Human Being -
Hits, 24 December 1981