the lisping ferret, because that's what she looks
and sounds like to some people, or call her the
most stylish female on the scene at the moment.
Either way you can't ignore her. And she wouldn't
want you to anyway. She's worked hard to get
I have an ego that needs a lot to satisfy
it," she says of her never ending schedule
of events. One minute she's in the theatre, the
next it's Top Of The Pops.
18 was the most exciting time of my life,"
she says looking back nearly five years.
"That was the year for firsts - first band,
first TV appearance, first film 'Jubilee'.
then it's Toyah everywhere. She's been in films
like 'Quadrophenia', 'The Tempest' and 'The Corn
a long time Toyah's recording career lagged
behind her acting ventures and more importantly
behind rival Hazel O'Connor's activities. (They
even seem to change hair colours at the same
time). But Toyah is dramatically different. And
of course, there's the now famous lisp.
a school I was at attempted to 'cure' my
lisp," she recalls sadly. "What they do
is put you in a room full of recording equipment.
They made you listen to your own voice. But that
didn't help me. I hate the sound of my voice. I
didn't lose my lisp. I just ended up in tears. In
the end I just wrote a song about it."
looks like being a good example for everyone who
is less than perfect - like namely all of us. She
was held back at school because of reading
problems. The result was that she was too mature
for the kids in her class and the kids her age
treated her like a fool. Her unhappy home life
and drink problems are not so unique anymore.
Maybe Toyah will be the spokesman for a lot of
troubled kids everywhere.
couldn't write a song about normal everyday
things. They always come out doomy. But then as
you say, maybe I'm not the only one feeling doomy