Toyah, a new band formed around Jubilee
star Toyah Willcox, make their stage debut this month with the following
dates: Barnet, Duke Of Lancaster, June 27, London City Road City Arms,
July 8, London Waterloo 'Young Vic' Festival, July 13, London Nashville,
NME, June 1978
Victims Of The Riddle
Toyah's backdrop is a quirky maze of fixing electronic
and electric sounds, an intelligent sub-disco underlay. Toyah herself screeches
and howls and makes the simple art of reviewing something of an endurance
test. Angry and powerful, that's what it is, riotously and genuinely performed.
But painful and disappointing too, after all the pre-release build up,
the reviewer concludes. "Is there a heaven?/Is there a hell?/Do both exist?/Who
can tell?" runs the deep intellect on the sleeve front. Theatrical froth.
NME, April 1979
Toyah Willcox, who was the subject of an NME article
some months back, is a part English, part Spanish show-biz lady signed
to Safari Records. She's played opposite Katherine Hepburn along the way
and has also appeared in such movies as Jubilee and Quadrophenia.
Her future acting gigs include a sizeable role in TV's forthcoming Dr
Jekyll series, starring David Hemmings. Disc-wise, she and her band,
which is also known as Toyah, have released a two-part single 'Victims
Of The Riddle' (SAFE15, July 1979) plus a six track 7" ap (that's Safari's
idea of a cross between an EP and an LP) known to the trade as 'Sheep Farming
In Barnet' (Sap1, August 1979). A new single is due shortly and will probably
be one of the songs that bedecked the recent Shoestring episode.
NME, December 1979
Bird In Flight
Surprisingly gentle song by the banshee from Birmingham.
It has an insidious quality that slowly gets under your skin and is a good
pop song. The effective keyboards give it a desirable spacy atmosphere.
Also more than a nod in Patti Smith's direction.
NME, February 1980
Toyah In A Dream World
Toyah this week releases her first album since
the hugely successful 'Anthem'. It's called 'The Changeling' and, appropriately
enough, marks another change both in her music and her appearance. The
cover represents the fantasy nature of many of the songs - Creepy Room,
Street Creature, Castaways, The Druids, Angel And Me, The Packt, Life In
The trees, Dawn Chorus, Run Wild Run Free and Brave New World. Issued on
the Safari label, the album was digitally recorded, and it marks Toyah's
first collaboration with producer Steve Lillywhite. As previously
reported, Toyah's major month-long UK tour begins on June 18, with a band
line-up comprising Joel Bogen, Phil Spalding, Simon Phillips and newcomer
Keith Hale, replacing Adrian Lee on keyboards.
NME , 12 June 1982