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

100 Hits: 80s Rewind 5CD Set 31 January, 2011
Toyah's classic eighties hits 'Thunder In The Mountains' and 'Brave New World' both feature on the latest "100 Hits" compilation, '100 Hits: 80s Rewind' - 100 Classic Tracks Of The Decade.

'Thunder In The Mountains' is included on disc three, and 'Brave New World' on disc five of the 5CD set.

Other artists include: Madness, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, Aztec Camera, Tracie, The Beat, Propaganda, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Strawberry Switchblade, The Jesus & Mary Chain, We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It, Billy Bragg, Dollar, Anti-Nowhere League, Bad Manners, Tenpole Tudor, A-Ha, Bananarama and many many more.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Toyah has been included on a "100 Hits" 5CD compilation: Last October 'It's A Mystery' was included on '100 Hits: Electric Eighties', in February 2009 'I Want To Be Free' appeared on '100 Hits: More 80s', and in October 2008 Toyah made her '100 Hits' debut when 'It's A Mystery' was included on '100 Hits: 80s Pop'.

'100 Hits: 80s Rewind' is released on Monday 21st February 2011.

 
Toyah 30: College Tour 1981 30 January, 2011
We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Toyah's breakthrough year... 1981! On this very night exactly 30 years ago Toyah played Nottingham Rock City on their "College Tour". Rock City was a brand new venue, having only opened in December 1980, and it is still going strong today.

The band members for the "College Tour" were: Toyah Willcox; Vocals, Joel Bogen; Guitar, Phil Spalding; Bass, Nigel Glockler; Drums and Adrian Lee; Keyboards.

 
Birmingham Post: Toyah At Birmingham Chamber Event 30 January, 2011
Toyah Willcox talks at Birmingham Chamber event

Birmingham-born pop star Toyah Willcox has told of the “terrifying sexism” she faced when she was younger.

Speaking before her appearance at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Women Who...” event she said it was inevitable that 30 years ago club promoters would expect female singers to sleep with them in return for performing at their venue.

And although she said she was “shocked” at the severity of Andy Gray’s punishment, after he was sacked from Sky Sports because of his and co-presenter Richard Keys’ sexist remarks, she called for more to be done about sexism today.

“I’ve experienced terrifying sexism and ageism that was deliberately cruel,” she said.

“It was hard being a middle class woman in the music industry when you were just treated as a sex object.

“We are living in a fast-changing cultural environment and I would like to think sexism isn’t as bad as it was 30 years ago but many women are still experiencing it and it is something we must work to change.

• Read the full report at the 'Birmingham Post' website,
here.

 
Sunday Mercury: Toyah - I Was Treated As A Sex Object 30 January, 2011
Birmingham singer Toyah Willcox - I was treated as a sex object

Pop star Toyah Willcox has claimed young female singers were expected to sleep with club promoters to get gigs when she started in the music industry.

The 51 year-old Birmingham-born artist said she suffered terrible treatment when she began her career.

She said: “It was hard being a middle class woman in the music industry when you were just treated as a sex object. “I’ve experienced terrible sexism and ageism.”

• Read the report at the 'Sunday Mercury' website,
here.
 
Birmingham Mail: Toyah Tells of "Terrifying" Sexism 30 January, 2011
Birmingham born Toyah Willcox tells of "terrifying" sexism

Birmingham-born pop star Toyah Willcox has told of the “terrifying sexism” she faced when she was younger.

Speaking before her appearance at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Women Who...” event yesterday she said it was inevitable that 30 years ago club promoters would expect female singers to sleep with them in return for performing at their venue.

And although she said she was “shocked” at the severity of Andy Gray’s punishment, after he was sacked from Sky Sports because of his and co-presenter Richard Keys’ sexist remarks, she called for more to be done about sexism today.

“I’ve experienced terrifying sexism and ageism that was deliberately cruel,” she said. “It was hard being a middle class woman in the music industry when you were just treated as a sex object.

“We are living in a fast-changing cultural environment and I would like to think sexism isn’t as bad as it was 30 years ago but many women are still experiencing it and it is something we must work to change. I have to say I was shocked at Andy Gray’s punishment. To me it seemed like he was being a bit of a Jack the lad. But even so, it doesn’t make what he did right and it doesn’t excuse his behaviour.”

• Read the full interview at the 'Birmingham Mail' website,
here. (Thanks to Minna & Paul)

 
Toyah 30: Look! Hear! 30 January, 2011
We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Toyah's breakthrough year... 1981!

Early in '81 Toyah presented her third, and final, series of Look! Hear!

'PebbleMill.org' has a mini feature on Look! Hear!: Look! Hear! was a regional television music and arts show produced at Pebble Mill in the early 1980s which went out in the Midlands on BBC 1. The series featured genuinely live popular music performances with a studio audience. It was presented by Toyah Willcox plus local radio presenters Ann Butler, Liz Cotton, John Holmes and Chris Phipps, who sat around on odd-looking chairs talking about the arts.

• View the full mini feature at the 'PebbleMill.org' website,
here. (Thanks to Andi for the captures)

 
Toyah 30: 1981 - 2011: Gallery 28 January, 2011
Here at Dreamscape we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Toyah's breakthrough year... 1981! Three years before Madonna, and almost three decades before Lady Gaga, Toyah was the original face-changing, shape-shifting pop chameleon. Way, way ahead of her time, Toyah had a different image/look for every week of 1981. View hundreds of photos from that awesome year at our Gallery.

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Band Line-Up 28 January, 2011
The "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" band has been announced:

Toyah Willcox: Verbals + Unusual Sounds
Chris Wong: Guitar
Tim Rose: Bass
Andy Doble: Keyboards
Shan Chana: Drums

Throughout 2011 a special series of Toyah concerts, "From Sheep Farming to Anthem", will take place. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough hit It's A Mystery these live dates will include selections from Toyah's first three albums, "Sheep Farming In Barnet", "The Blue Meaning" & the platinum-selling "Anthem". This period includes some of Toyah's biggest hits and greatest songs. The set list for these gigs will celebrate the hits but feature a a sprinkling of material not heard since some of Toyah's early tours from the late 70s and early 1980s.
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: 7th Date Announced 28 January, 2011
A seventh "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" date has been announced:

Saturday 22nd October 2011
The Slade Rooms: Broad Street, Wolverhampton
Tickets
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 28 January, 2011
• 'West End Whingers' reviewed the new stage production of Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales yesterday, and they managed to shoehorn in two namechecks for Toyah... View here. Did people really believe it was Toyah's silhouette at the beginning of Tales Of The Unexpected? Didn't the series begin in the mid-70s?

• Twitterers have been tweeting today about an "amazing lunch and private mini concert with Toyah" - Toyah made a guest appearance at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce earlier today. Sounds like she sang as well as spoke!

• 'theCMUwebsite.com' report on various 2011 festival line-ups, including Rewind @ Henley. View
here.

• More great transcripts of Toyah radio interviews, including Tuesday's 'Radio WM', have been added to The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. Head there here.

 
Best Kept Secrets: Toyah "Sheep Farming..." Live Dates 28 January, 2011
Perennial punk goddess Toyah Willcox is playing a special series of concerts during 2011 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough hit "It's A Mystery".

These live dates will include selections from Toyah's first three albums, "Sheep Farming In Barnet", "The Blue Meaning" & the Platinum-selling "Anthem". This period includes some of Toyah's biggest hits and greatest songs.

The set list for these gigs will celebrate the hits but feature a a sprinkling of material not heard since some of Toyah's early tours from the late 70s and early 1980s.

And to to celebrate, in the run up to the first date at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, we will be reposting clips from the fascinating intevriew that we recorded with Toyah last year where she talks about her early career and some of the many interesting things she has been invloved with.

• Read the full report at the 'Best Kept Secrets' website,
here.
 
Toyah 30: Four From Toyah/It's A Mystery 27 January, 2011
We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Toyah's first bona-fide hit 'Four From Toyah'/'It's A Mystery'. Just prior to the EP being released at the beginning of 1981 Toyah was interviewed on 'Radio Trent' where she discussed the release, her career, Look! Hear! and future plans! Click here to visit Dreamscape's audio/video section or below for a direct link to the interview. (Thanks to Paul)

 
Toyah 30: YouTubing With Toyah: Free+Thunder+Universe 27 Jan, 2011
Here at Dreamscape we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Toyah's breakthrough year... 1981! (though '79 and '80 were also insanely exciting years for Toyah fans) and over at 'YouTube' three great quality classic Top Of The Pops appearances from Toyah have recently been added. (Thanks to Memory Lane @ YouTube)

 
YouTubing With Toyah: Tomorrow Calling 27 January, 2011
The complete short film Tomorrow Calling has recently been added to 'YouTube'. The 1993 mini-movie made by Channel Four Films, as part of their "Short & Curlies" season, stars Toyah (as Dialta Downes), Colin Salmon and Don Henderson. Based on a story by William Gibson, it was shot on location in Blackpool. Please click below for larger versions of the screen caps. (Update: Unfortunately this has been removed by 'YouTube')

 
BBC WM: The Paul Franks Show: Toyah Interview 27 January, 2011
Toyah guested on The Paul Franks Show (guest hosted by Mark Regan) on BBC Radio West Midlands on Tuesday early evening.

Mark Regan sits in. A comprehensive round-up of the day's news and sport plus travel news. Fisherman Friends, Toyah Willcox and Mark Regan gets his leg waxed.

Toyah talked about appearing at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (taking place tomorrow), sexism, ageism and feminism, the current Andy Gray/Richard Keys debacle and more.

The interview is available to listen to at BBC iPlayer,
here, until Tuesday 1st February. Toyah appears around 1hr 48m into the show and the interview runs for approximately seven minutes.
 
Toyah 30: Four From Toyah/It's A Mystery 25 January, 2011
'Four From Toyah' was released 30 years ago, January 1981. The four-track EP comprised of lead song 'It's A Mystery', plus 'Revelations', 'War Boys' and 'Angels and Demons'. The EP charted on 14th February 1981 in the UK and eventually reached number 4 in the Top 40. 'It's A Mystery' has become a hugely iconic part of Toyah's history and has been quoted everywhere over the past 30 years, from the cobbles of Coronation Street to gazillions of online blogs, tweets and websites.

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Official Promo 25 January, 2011
The great new official promo for Toyah's upcoming "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" dates. Please click below to view the fantastic full larger version at Toyah's Official Facebook.

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem @ The Cavern 23 January, 2011
Very recent news from The Official Toyah Facebook: Rehearsals are being lined up for the new set.... the first From Sheep Farming To Anthem gig will be Sunday 20 March live at the legendary Cavern Club.

The Cavern Club: 10 Matthew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE
0151 236 1965 | www.cavernclub.org |
Tickets
 
Dreamscape Forum is... Back!! 23 January, 2011
In anticipation and celebration (and lots of other words ending in... ation) of this year's "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gigs the forum is back!!

 
Dreamscape's Top 10 Toyah 2010 21 January, 2011
We will all have our own favourites, and this is Dreamscape's Top Ten Toyah Moments of 2010. Thanks to everyone who contributed Toyah news or info to the site over the last 12 months.

1. The Humans live: UK Mini-Tour
2. Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)
3. All new Official Toyah & The Humans websites
4. I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan
5. Dreamchild: Special Edition CD
6. Toyah live: Numerous gigs & PA's
7. Sugar Rush previews
8. 21st Century Super Sister
9. In The Court Of The Crimson Queen - Japanese Edition CD
10. Toyah models Trashion @ Brighton Fashion Week

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem *Updated* 21 January, 2011
There are now six confirmed "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gigs, the exciting live music event of 2011 that every Toyah fan is talking about! Classics Revisited Live with full band.

Sunday 20th March 2011: The Cavern Club, Liverpool
0151 236 1965 | www.cavernclub.org |
Tickets

Thursday 7th April 2011: The Horn, St Albans
01727 853 143 | www.thehorn.co.uk

Saturday 16th April 2011: HMV Institute, Birmingham
Digbeth, West Midlands, B5 6DY |
Tickets

Saturday 2nd July 2011: The Regal, Oxford
300 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 2AF |
Tickets

Friday 5th August 2011: Rebellion Punk Music Festival
Winter Gardens, Blackpool, FY1 1HL |
Tickets

Sunday 23rd October 2011: Jack Rabbit Slims
www.jacksbar.co.uk |
Tickets

Keep checking the
gigs section of toyahwillcox.com for further dates.

 
Toyah Dances For Comic Relief 2011 21 January, 2011
Toyah will be involved in Let's Dance for Comic Relief for this year's Red Nose Day fundraising programmes and activities.

Toyah will appear on the programme on 5th March 2011 on BBC1 and will be dancing!

 
Official Toyah: January 2011 Blog 21 January, 2011
Old news by now I guess... Toyah's first blog of 2011 is available at www.toyahwillcox.com. Read her upbeat and "let's grab 2011 by the scruff of the neck and party!!" missive by clicking below.

 
Toyah Live 2011: Dates 21 January, 2011
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.

Saturday 29th January: Live PA: The Kremlin, Belfast
Saturday 26th February: Weekend Guitar Trio with Toyah & Jan Bang: Kings Place, London
Saturday 19th March: 48 Hour Party: 80s Weekender: Pontins, Southport
Sunday 20th March: Full Band Gig: The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Thursday 7th April: Full Band Gig: The Horn, St Albans
Saturday 16th April: Full Band Gig: HMV Institute, Birmingham
Friday 22nd April: Live PA: The Canterbury City Faerie Ball
Saturday 2nd July: Full Band Gig: The Regal, Oxford
Saturday 16th July: Toyah comperes at The Rock & Bike Festival (Non music)
Sunday 31st July: Rewind Festival, Scone Palace, Perth
Friday 5th August: Full Band Gig: Rebellion Punk Music Festival, Blackpool
Saturday 20th August: Flashback To The 80s: Clumber Park, North Nottinghamshire
Sunday 21st August: Rewind Festival, Henley-On-Thames
Sunday 23rd October:Full Band Gig: Jack Rabbit Slims. Hoylake, Wirral

 
Robert Fripp's Online Diary 21 January, 2011
Robert Fripp's, always interesting, online diary has a selection of great festive photos of "the coldest place in England" over the Christmas period. Click below to re-live Christmas Eve 2010!

 
Daily Mail: Everyone Else At School Was Terrified Of Me 21 January, 2011
The 'Daily Mail' interviewd Toyah, in their 'Femail' supplement, on 8th January. She talks about her school days and rebellious teenage years.

Everyone else at school was terrified of me, I was the rebel from day one

Singer, actress and writer Toyah Willcox, 52, is best known for her punky performances on Top Of The Pops in the 1980s – and is perhaps less famous for her voiceovers on Teletubbies. She is married to musician Robert Fripp and lives in Worcestershire.

I’m 11 in this picture. It wasn’t a great day – I’d failed my 11-plus and just had some vaccination jabs. I was about to enter the senior school at Edgbaston C of E College for Girls – the one school I went to all my life from the age of three and a half.

I was born in Birmingham. My father, Beric, ran a joinery business and owned two factories. My mother, Barbara, was a dancer from the age of 14 to 19. She toured with the comedian Max Wall in a dance group of six girls.

My father fell for her when he saw her dancing in Weston-super-Mare. She was 18, but it took him months to get close to her because she was strictly chaperoned. The only way he could speak to my mother was to get the chaperone drunk.

• Read the full report at the 'Daily Mail' website,
here. (Thanks to Minna)
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 21 January, 2011
• Glasswerk.co.uk: Rewind The 80s Music Festival Hits Scotland. View here.
• Racing Post: Ascot to host ten-act line-up for Shergar day. View
here.
• Scotland Courier: Revellers to relive the 80s at Rewind Festival. View
here.
• Toronto Sun: Stars line up for '80s supergig. View
here.
• Swindon Advertiser: 25000 needed to save Swindon Pride. View
here.
 
The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive 21 January, 2011

A new selection of transcripts of 2010 radio interviews have recently been added to The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. Please click below to visit Minna's excellent site.

 
Toyah on TV & Radio 21 January, 2011
Celebrity Fantasy Homes : Home - Sat 22nd January : 11.00am
Celebrity Fantasy Homes : Home +1 - Sat 22nd January : 12.00pm

Gaby Roslin helps Toyah Willcox search for a second home in Richmond upon Thames with a budget of 650,000.

The Lee Mack Show : BBC Radio 7 - Wednesday 2nd February : 11.00pm
The sharp comedian presents stand-up, sketches and music. From April 2005. Episode 6 of 6.
Starring: Toyah Willcox, Angela McHale and Steve Brown.

 
Birmingham Post: Toyah At Birmingham Chamber Event 21 January, 2011
Toyah to speak at Birmingham Chamber event

Singer Toyah Willcox is to talk about her 30-year career in showbiz at a Birmingham business lunch.

The Kings Heath-born pop star is to be guest speaker at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who… annual lunch later this month.

The flame-haired former punk rocker – who has had eight top 40 singles, and released 18 albums – will trace her lengthy career in showbiz, and also talk about her interest in social issues.

She is particularly passionate about education, and says she proudly ‘‘waves the banner’’ for women in the world of business and entertainment.

• Read the full report at the 'Birmingham Post' website,
here.
 
TheBusinessDesk: Toyah To Be Guest Speaker 21 January, 2011
Toyah to be guest speaker at Chamber's Women Who...event

Birmingham born singer and actress Toyah Willcox is to be the guest speaker at a women's networking event in the city.Ms Willcox, who has had eight top 40 singles and released 18 albums during her career, has accepted an invitation to be guest speaker at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Women Who….’ annual lunch. The singer is expected to talk about her long career in the entertainment sector which has spanned the period between punk rock and I’m a Celebrity…

• Read the full report at 'TheBusinessDesk.com' website,
here (Registration required)
 
Dreamscape News Archive: Nov/Dec 2010 16 January, 2011
Dreamscape's Toyah news for November and December 2010 has now been consigned to that place called... the past! Great for everyone who was tired of seeing that garish Christmas 'card' when they visited :) Click below to plough through almost 11 years of tantalisingly good Toyah news.



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