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• New for 2010! 'Crimson Queen' Japanese Edition CD: Available from Eil, Ideal Copy & other Import CD stores •

Buzz: I'm A Celebrity/Lost 28 November, 2010
Toyah featured in a 'Buzz' magazine I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! feature a couple of weeks ago, as the latest series launched on ITV1 .

Various former jungle residents took part in a Lost themed photo shoot and the gave mini interviews on their time on the show.

Series 2: Toyah Willcox, 52
Jungle Best Bit We discovered the Australian SAS were keeping people out of the camp, and keeping us in. And they were so hot, really lovely. Linda Barker, Catalina Guirado, Sian Lloyd and I kept running off into the bushes so they had to bring us back.
Dream Contestant George Clooney. Charming and very good to look at.
Desert Island Essential Soap. I was in the jungle without it and you smell bad really quickly, as everyone found out when I was left in a cesspool.

• Click above for larger versions of the photos. View Dreamscape's Toyah/I'm A Celebrity mini-site, here [ Thanks to Zoe Clow for the scans ]

 
BBC Radio Shropshire: Late Show 28 November, 2010
Toyah is guesting on Keith Middleton's Late Show on 'BBC Radio Shropshire' on Saturday 4th December. The show airs from 9.00pm till Midnight and can be listened to online.

An 80s Extravaganza with Toyah Willcox, John Wetton (Asia) and Mick Jones (Foreigner).

• View the schedule at the 'BBC Radio Shropshire' website,
here. This show is networked to numerous other BBC stations, including 'BBC Radio Stoke', 'BBC Radio Coventry' and many others.
 
Smash Hits Archive: Toyah's First Cover! 28 November, 2010
Toyah's first 'Smash Hits' cover was published exactly 30 years ago this week. The complete full issue of the magazine is now available at 'The Smash Hits Archive'.

Smash Hits: November 27 - December 10 1980

Mike Stand meets a girl of many parts

Toyah Willcox is 22. Before this winter she had featured in four movies, "Quadrophenia", Derek Jarman's "Jubilee" and "The Tempest" plus "The Corn Is Green" (with Katharine Hepburn no less). On TV she'd starred in a rock play called "Glitter", an episode of "Shoestring", serials of "Quatermass" and "Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde", compered a weekly teens show, and acted at the National Theatre and the ICA (Mecca of the smartest set in London). With her band she'd released several singles and two albums which commanded the alternative charts for months on end and...

• View the magazine scans/Read the full interview at 'The Smash Hits Archive',
here.

• A direct link to the scans, at 'flickr', here.

[ Thanks to Brian McCloskey for the excellent 'Like Punk Never Happened - Smash Hits Archive ]

 
The One Point: Sponsor Christmas Lights Switch On 28 November, 2010
TOP Sponsor Christmas Lights Switch On For 5th Year With Toyah Willcox

The One Point have agreed to sponsor the Bidford lights switch on for the 5th year in a row; this years lights are being switched on by 80's pop singer Toyah Willcox.

Over the last 6 years the Bidford On Avon Christmas Lights Committee have managed to raise enough money to decorate the whole village with Christmas colour and cheer via a local lottery, a duck race and other fundraising events.
 
Toyah Live 2010: Nightingales Photos 28 November, 2010
The 'Nightingales' website has a great selection of photos, by Stu, of Toyah from her 20th November live PA at the club in Birmingham. Please click below to view them.

 
Toyah on the Radio 28 November, 2010
Late Show : BBC Radio Shropshire - Sat 4th December : 9.00pm An 80s Extravaganza with Toyah Willcox, John Wetton (Asia) and Mick Jones (Foreigner). This show is networked to numerous other BBC radio stations. Listen live online or post-broadcast at BBC iPlayer.
 
Malvern Theatres: Sleeping Beauty 28 November, 2010
Lots of fun and games, of the panto/Sleeping Beauty variety, over at the 'Malvern Theatres' website.

 
Wyvern FM: Malvern Lights 28 November, 2010
Catch up with Hursty & Helen and the Wyvern Street Stars and watch the lights being switched on in Malvern. There will be family entertainment from 11am in Malvern with dance groups, choirs, bands, workshops and craft stalls.Toyah Willcox the star of Sleeping Beauty at Malvern Theatre will join Hursty & Helen to turn on the lights at 5.30pm • Visit the 'Wyvern FM' website, here.
 
Malvern Hills: Big Switch On Christmas Extravaganza! 28 November, 2010
Malvern is getting ready for the big switch on of the Christmas lights with a feast of all day entertainment on Saturday 4th December. Festivities start at 9.00 and highlights include Harpers Bazaar Victorian Ride and Mobile Farm; an arts and craft market, circus workshops, a climbing wall, carol singing, street dance, Wyvern FM stage and lots more!

The day ends with the Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On with Toyah Willcox at 5.30, accompanied by a samba band and entertainers on stilts.

You can also visit Santa in his grotto at Malvern Library or post him a letter from the Tourist Information Centre. If you would like more information please contact Malvern Tourist Information Centre on 01684 892289.
 
Toyah Live 2011: Kremlin Promo Video 23 November, 2010
Toyah plays a live PA at Kremlin, Belfast, on 29th January 2011. Here's a selection of screen caps from their X Factor inspired promo clip. Click below for larger caps. View the clip at 'YouTube', here.

 
Re-Joyce @ The Assembly 23 November, 2010
Check out the Official Hazel O'Connor website, here, for a great report on The Hazel O'Connor Collective Single Launch at the Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa last Tuesday.

This includes photos of Toyah, Hazel, Joyce, Vince Hill and Tammy Wynette's trailer(!!)

A preview audio clip of 'Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)' will be available to listen to at the Official Toyah website soon.
 
Derby Telegraph: Eighties Stars Flick Switch 22 November, 2010
Eighties Stars Flick Switch To Start Christmas Countdown

Derby is now looking much brighter and more festive, thanks to an array of twinkling lights stretched across the city.

It took an band of celebrities, old and new, to make the city shine but they were cheered all the way by adoring fans. But it was Eighties stars Toyah Willcox and Carol Decker who stole the show.

They both sang former hits – It's a Mystery and China in Your Hands – and then officially switched on the Westfield Christmas lights, with a little help from Santa.

Speaking earlier, Toyah, who has also found fame with a number of television series and has written books, said she was "delighted" to be in Derby. She said: "I love this time of year but often only get Christmas Day off because of appearing in pantomime. I make the most of it with my family and usually spend the day eating sweets."

• View the full report at the 'This is Derbyshire' website,
here.

 
Leamington Observer: Myton Hospice Single 22 November, 2010
Myton Hospice Single Backed By Music Stars

A Christmas single produced in aid of Myton Hospice was launched at the Assembly in Leamington on Tuesday night (November 16).

A host of music stars, led by Coventry-born singer songwriter Hazel O'Connor, have come together to record Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter).

O’Connor - who decided to record the fund-raising single after her mother Joyce spent a spell in Myton Hospice as a respite patient - recruited the likes of Toyah Willcox, T’Pau’s Carol Decker, 60s star Vince Hill, Selector frontwoman Pauline Black, Beat singer Ranking Roger and Specials singer Neville Staple to contribute.

The launch party included a performance of the single by O’Connor and the other contributors to the record.

The single will be released on December 6 with 90 per cent of proceeds going to Myton Hospice and ten per cent to Help The Hospices.

• Read the full report at the 'Leamington Observer' website,
here.

 
Toyah Live 2010: Nightingales Set List 22 November, 2010
Toyah played The Nightingale in Birmingham on Saturday night.

The set-list was: School's Out, Rebel Yell, Echo Beach, Thunder In The Mountains, Sweet Child 'O Mine, It's A Mystery, I Love Rock 'N Roll, I Want To Be Free, (the live premiere of The Humans') Sea Of Size, (and a festive end to the night with the Slade classic) Merry Christmas Everybody.

A little tidbit from the PA. It seems that 'Sea of Size' was possibly originally titled 'Sea of Sighs'!

[ Thanks to Michael O'Brien for the info and ad - please click on the photo for a full, larger version ]
 
Tony Edwards: 1932 - 2010 22 November, 2010
Sad news; Tony Edwards, known to all Toyah fans as one of the heads of Safari Records, passed away on 11th November 2010.

In 1977 Edwards launched Safari Records with John Craig, who had helped run Oyster, another Purple-related label boasting Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and the Strawbs. They signed New York punk exile and transsexual Wayne County, backed by British band the Electric Chairs, and caused a sensation with the Blatantly Offensive EP which topped the independent charts.

Safari also promoted punk band The Boys and their festive alter-egos The Yobs. Their guitarist Matt Dangerfield says Edwards was "a fantastic old school music biz character of a kind you don't come across any more. I will always remember him turning up at the Marquee for a Boys gig at the height of punk. He was wearing a tweed cape and deerstalker hat la Sherlock Holmes. To say he stood out a bit would be an understatement."

Edwards also guided Toyah's rise from indy darling to Best Female Singer at the British Rock & Pop Awards in 1982. Eclectic and iconococlastic, Safari also released a punk-country version of Kenny Rogers' "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" by Gary Holton and "Scatterlings Of Africa" by Juluka, the racially mixed South African group led by Johnny Clegg.

• View Tony's full obituary at 'The Independent', here.

 
Hazel Collective/Re-Joyce Newsy Bits & Pieces! 22 November, 2010
• 'Will You', the excellent Hazel O'Connor fansite continues to be updated with great info on 'Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)'. Visit the Re-Joyce section at 'Will You' here.

• 'Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)' is released on 6th December. Look out for footage from the recent Leamington Assembly launch on Daybreak on the morning of release.

• 'Coventry Telegraph' - Eighties icon Hazel O'Connor visits Coventry Market before charity single launch. View full report
here.

• 'Times 24' - Hazel O'Connor Breaking Glass at The Horn in St Albans. Read the full report
here.

• View all of Dreamscape's 'Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)' news and updates at our 'Re-Joyce' section, here.

 
Toyah on TV: TOTP2 22 November, 2010

Toyah's memorable second appearance on Top Of The Pops, from March 1981, performing their first Top 10 hit, 'It's A Mystery', re-aired on Top Of The Pops 2 on Yesterday last Thursday.

Steve Wrights presents a selection of performances from Tina Charles, KD Lang, Al Jarreau, Toyah and Art Of Noise featuring Duane Eddy. Plus, footage from David Bowie's 1973 `farewell' concert and new music by soul legend Solomon Burke [ Thanks to Ben ]

 
Toyah in Liverpool 1979/2011 22 November, 2010

Toyah plays The Cavern, Liverpool on 20th March 2011. Toyah first played the city on 14th April 1979 on 'The Resurrection Tour', supporting The Damned at the legendary Eric's. View a rare Eric's promo flyer by clicking below [ Thanks to Roy ]

Tickets for the Cavern gig can be bought online at www.rspromo.co.uk and www.ticketweb.co.uk. They are also available in person at the Cavern pub.

 
Bare Wall: Geisha: I'll Serve You Well 22 November, 2010
Something you don't see every day - A painting inspired by, probably the best song from Toyah's 1985 album 'Minx', give or take a 'Sympathy' or an 'America For Beginners', 'I'll Serve You Well'. The song that was, itself, inspired by 'The Story of O'.

• View more info on this painting here.
 
Official Toyah: November 2010 Blog 11 November, 2010
Toyah’s November 2010 Blog has been added to The Official Toyah website. Read up on all of Toyah's latest news, including 'Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)', mention of possible celebration of the 30th anniversary of 'It's A Mystery' and 'Anthem' in 2011! and much more. View it here.

 
JM Barrie's Peter Pan @ BBC iPlayer 11 November, 2010
All four episodes of JM Barrie's Peter Pan are currently available to listen to at BBC iPlayer.

Episode One: Away To Neverland,
here; Episode Two: In The Mermaid's Lagoon, here; Episode Three: An Awfully Big Adventure, here; and Episode Four: Spring Cleaning Time Again, here.

Toyah plays the leading role in this 1995 radio adaptation of the classic story.

 
Westfield Derby: Christmas Lights Switch-On 09 November, 2010
Join Santa and 80s pop legends Toyah Willcox and Carol Decker as they help to turn on our Christmas lights. The fun starts at 2pm on Saturday 20 November on Level 2 near Eat Central as we turn back the clock to give you a big 80s party hosted by Ram FM's Steffen Le Touche.

Dance along with Toyah and Carol as they sing hits from the decade and see performances from 2009's Christmas Choir Competition winners Alvaston Community Junior School choir, and a show-stopping performance from Duffield's Vision School of Dance.

• View the full report at the 'Westfield Derby' website,
here. View further reports here, and here.
 
Toyah on TV/Radio: Peter Pan/Celebrity Brides 07 November, 2010
JM Barrie’s Peter Pan : BBC Radio 7 – Monday 8th November: 5.00am
Away to Neverland. A strange visitor transforms the Darling household one bedtime. Stars Toyah Willcox, Ron Moody and June Whitfield. Episode 1 of 4.

Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Monday 8th November : 11.00pm
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Tuesday 16th November : 12.30pm
In this episode punk rock Princess Toyah Willcox talks about the heartbreak of her first love, while we quiz T'Pau's Carol Decker on whether she had china on her wedding list!

JM Barrie’s Peter Pan : BBC Radio 7 – Tuesday 9th November: 5.00am
In the Mermaid’s Lagoon. The mischievous boy and the children arrive in Neverland. Stars Toyah Willcox, Ron Moody, Georgina Cates and Roy Hudd. Episode 2 of 4.

JM Barrie’s Peter Pan : BBC Radio 7 – Wednesday 10th November: 5.00am
An Awfully Big Adventure. Captain Hook turns the tables, as the battle between the Lost Boys and the pirates begins. Stars Toyah Willcox and Ron Moody. Episode 3 of 4.

JM Barrie’s Peter Pan : BBC Radio 7 – Thursday 11th November: 5.00am
Spring Cleaning Time Again. Wendy longs for home, but first she and the brothers must be rescued from Captain Hook. Stars Toyah Willcox and Ron Moody. Episode 4 of 4.

 
Toyah @ Edsel: Feature/Competition Coming Soon 04 November, 2010
Between March 2005 and September 2006 Edsel Records re-issued four Toyah albums on expanded CD; 'Warrior Rock: Toyah On Tour'; 'Love Is The Law'; 'Minx'; and '(Take The) Leap!'.

A must for any fan's collection, all came with extra tracks, excellent booklets, lots of album info and photos, and the latter three also with exclusive Toyah sleevenotes.

Coming soon to Dreamscape: We are going to take a look back at these releases, via a "Toyah @ Edsel" feature. Plus, those very generous people at Edsel/Demon have given us a promo copy of each CD as a competition prize!
 
Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter): The Toyah Mix 02 November, 2010
In addition to the main single version, solo mixes of ' Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)' by certain contributing artists will also be available to purchase, including 'The Toyah Mix' solo version with backing vocals in places from the 'Collective'. View further details at Toyah's official website, here.

• Check out all of Dreamscape's Re-Joyce/The Hazel O'Connor Collective news, here.

 
Coventry Observer: O'Connor Christmas Single 02 November, 2010
O'Connor to release Myton Hospice Christmas single

Hazel O'Connor has joined forces with a host of other music stars to record a Christmas single in aid of Myton Hospice.

The Coventry-born singer songwriter was inspired to record Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter) after her mother spent a spell in Myton Hospice as a respite patient. O'Connor has recruited the likes of Toyah Wilcox, Carol Decker, Vince Hill, Pauline Black, Ranking Roger, and Neville Staple to contribute to the track, which was written by O'Connor in tribute to her mother, Joyce.

• Read the full article at the 'Coventry Observer' website,
here.
 
Will You: Hazel Collective/Re-Joyce Page 02 November, 2010
The fantastic Hazel O'Connor fansite, 'Will You', has a page dedicated to all things "The Hazel O'Connor Collective/Re-Joyce". Full of great info.

• Visit 'Will You',
here.
 
Myton Hospice: Stars Launch Charity Single 02 November, 2010
Coventry-born singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor has recorded a charity single for us.

She will perform Re-Joyce (In the Bleak Midwinter) at a special Launch Party in Leamington on November 16th.

She will be joined by fellow contributors Toyah Willcox, Carol Decker, Vince Hill, Pauline Black, Ranking Roger, Neville Staple, The Bluja Project, The Subterraneans and Bob Brolly MBE, who will also compere the evening.

These renowned singing stars have all collaborated with Hazel on this haunting and uplifting Christmas single to raise money for us.

• Read the full article at the 'Myton Hospice' website,
here.
 
Coventry Telegraph: Leamington Debuts Charity Single 02 November, 2010
Leamington debuts Myton Hospice's Christmas charity single

A team of generous singers has produced a charity Christmas single for the Myton Hospices.

The track is called Re-Joyce, after Coventry-born singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor’s mother - who received respite care in the hospice.

Hazel will perform her track at a special launch party at The Assembly, in Spencer Street, Leamington, on November 16.

Re-Joyce will be released on December 6, with any money raised going to the hospice, and a small proportion going to Help For Heroes.

• Read the full article at the 'Coventry Telegraph' website,
here.
 
Toyah On The Radio: JM Barrie’s Peter Pan 01 November, 2010
The complete four-part radio version of Peter Pan, with Toyah in the title role, is being re-aired again by BBC Radio 7, over four consecutive mornings, next week. This was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1995.

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of J. M. Barrie’s tale of childhood adventure starring Toyah Willcox as Peter Pan and Ron Moody as Captain Hook.

Also starring Roy Hudd as Smee and June Whitfield as Mrs Darling, this sparkling production is directed by award-winning producer Dirk Maggs, with an original music score and stunning sound effects. Especially dramatised for BBC Radio, these acclaimed full-cast dramatisations include evocative music and effects.

 
Sonic Boom Girl: Spark Talks Toyah! 01 November, 2010
Spark, aka Jess Morgan, talked Toyah in a recent interview, "Sonic Boom Girl", with 'The Von Pip Musical Express':

VP: People have compared you to everybody from Toyah to Kate Bush; do you find comparisons annoying, lazy, or flattering?

SPARK: People will always make comparisons. It’s a way of people being able to make sense of something new. That’s why we’re a society that relies on genres, even though most artists don’t like putting themselves or their music in categories or boxes. But it helps people make sense of it all, and that’s okay. Comparisons can work in both good and bad ways. Some I think are lazy, definitely. I understand the need for people to compare, so I don’t like to call it annoying, although sometimes I don’t agree with what’s been said. Most of the time I find it flattering though. Being compared to Kate Bush, Toyah and all the others is an honour! They’re incredible, no complaints from me! Even when I don’t see it myself, I’ve been compared to amazing, strong, successful women and that can’t be anything but flattering. Could definitely be worse!

• Read the full interview at 'The Von Pip Musical Express' website,
here.
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 01 November, 2010
• Minna, of The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive, has created a cool video for 'Victims Of The Riddle (Vivisection)', comprising of many of the excellent live Toyah photos from recent gigs. View it at 'YouTube', here. Happy Birthday for today Minna X

• Toyah @ Jack Rabbit Slims last weekend... This Is The Boy... The band that supported...
here!

• Toyah receives a brief entry in the 'Wiltshire Council' Community History page: A more recent well known resident was the actress and singer Toyah Willcox, who lived at Reddish House from 1988-99. View
here.

• Our Friends Electric include their version of 'I Want To Be Free' in their Eighties-inspired set. Visit their website
here.
 
Toyah Live 2010/11: More Dates 01 November, 2010
Upcoming live dates for Toyah are currently being added to her Gig Diary all the time. View full details of all the confirmed appearances at the official Gigs page, here.

Tue 16th Nov 2010: Hazel O'Connor Collective Single Launch: Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
Saturday 20th November 2010: Live PA: Nightingales, Birmingham
Wednesday 1st December 2010: SAS Band: Xmas Concert: The Brook, Southampton
Thursday 2nd December 2010: SAS Band: Xmas Concert: The Brook, Southampton (Sold Out)
Saturday 4th December 2010: Live PA: Christmas Light Switch On, Malvern
Saturday 4th December 2010: SAS Band: Xmas Concert: Bisley Pavilion, Surrey (Sold Out)
Saturday 29th January 2011: Live PA: The Kremlin, Belfast
Saturday 26th February 2011: Weekend Guitar Trio with Toyah & Jan Bang: Kings Place, London
Sunday 20th March 2011: Full Band Gig: The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Thursday 7th April 2011: Full Bang Gig: The Horn, St Albans
Sunday 31st July 2011: Rewind Festival, Scotland
Saturday 20th August 2011: Live Festival: Clumber Park, North Nottinghamshire
Sunday 21st August 2011: Rewind Festival, Henley-On-Thames
Sunday 23rd October 2011:Full Band Gig: Jack Rabbit Slims. Hoylake, Wirral


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