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

Dreamscape Audio/Video: The New Recruit 1994 31 March, 2011
Back in 1994 Toyah guested on BBC Radio Four's The New Recruit, advising newcomer to the music industry, Roz King, on getting ahead and avoiding the pitfalls. This originally aired on 18th April 1994 and runs for just under 15 minutes. Click below to listen. (Thanks to Giddy Gavin)

 
Katy Perry's Toyahesque Imagery in 'E.T.' Video 30 March, 2011
Toyah's visual influence has been quite evident recently: Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, Andi Fraggs, and even in Lady Gaga-ville. Now it's Katy Perry's turn to channel Toyah (Thanks to Minna)

 
Dreamscape News Archive: March 2011 (Part One) 30 March, 2011
March 2011 has been such a bonkers busy month for Toyah news that I am having to archive it in two parts. View Part One, including Let's Dance For Comic Relief, Daybreak, From Sheep Farming To Anthem, Our Friends Acoustic, Celebrity Naked Ambition and much more, here.

 
FSF-A: Leicester Square Theatre, London 30 March, 2011
The announcement yesterday of the newest date, at Leicester Square Theatre, London, has heightened the excitement for From Sheep Farming To Anthem. Book tickets by clicking below.

 
Essex Echo: Phil Spalding Interview 30 March, 2011
A new interview with Phil Spalding has been syndicated to various publications today, including the 'Essex Echo'.

Phil Spalding may not be a household name, but the music he makes is a household sound. Millions of people have immersed themselves in this Essex boy’s bass guitar playing.

The Spalding sound provides texture to the background of songs by Elton John, Mick Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, and Robbie Williams.

“I’ve worked with around 100 artists altogether,” he says. “Together we sold loads of records and made loads of money.”

It sounds like the sort of fabulous success that most people can only dream of achieving, but nobody would want to go where Phil went. Far from enjoying the high life, he descended into a prolonged period of darkness. It almost ended in tragedy...

“Almost everything that happened to me came about by word of mouth. I never really had to chase work,” he says. His first major break came after a meeting with Toyah Willcox, who recognised a fellow spirit as well as a powerful music-maker.

Phil went on tour with Toyah and played on all her major record releases. “That gave me the exposure. Other people like Elton John and Mick Jagger then started to get in touch,” he says.

• Read the full interview at the 'Essex Echo' website,
here.
 
BUAV Call To Stop Cruel Wild Monkey Trade 30 March, 2011
Dr Jane Goodall Joins a Host of Celebrities, Scientists, Academics & Politicians in BUAV Call to Stop Cruel Wild Monkey Trade

LONDON, March 30, 2011: An Open Letter to UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been signed by a host of politicians, scientists, academics, wildlife experts and celebrities. The letter, which calls on the UK Government to dissociate itself from the cruel trade in wild-caught primates for research, is today published in the Times and Guardian newspapers.

Support for the BUAV campaign comes from world famous primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, actress and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna, environmentalist Jonathon Porritt, conservationist Ian Redmond, author Richard Adams, TV wildlife presenters Simon King, Bill Oddie, Michaela Strachan and Mark Carwardine along with celebrities such as Dr Brian May, Ricky Gervais, Jenny Seagrove and Toyah Willcox. Other individuals to sign up include barrister Michael Mansfield, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and leading academics and scientists such as Professor Roger Crisp, Professor William McGrew, Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, Professor Stephen Harris, Professor Michael Balls, Professor Vernon Reynolds, and Professor Jonathan Wolff. Politicians include David Blunkett MP, Vernon Coaker MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Zac Goldsmith MP, Chris Davies MEP, Jillian Evans MEP, Nigel Dodds MP and Charles Kennedy MP.

• View the full press release
here.
 
Official Toyah: London Concert Of Cult Classic Songs 30 March, 2011
Great news, announced by Toyah's Official website last night.

TOYAH ANNOUNCES SPECIAL LONDON CONCERT OF CULT CLASSIC SONGS

We are pleased to announce a very special Toyah concert is now confirmed for London. Fresh from rave reviews for its debut performance at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, Toyah will perform “From Sheep Farming To Anthem” in
London’s Leicester Square Theatre on Friday 17 June 2011 - tickets are on sale now.

Celebrating 30 years since her breakthrough platinum-selling album Anthem, this live concert will include selections from her first three cult charting albums, Sheep Farming In Barnet, The Blue Meaning and Anthem. Toyah, and her full live band, will be performing the dark and quirky anthems which put her at number one in the indie charts for the chart’s first twelve months. Toyah was then a constant in the top 10 for the following three years before her breakthrough single "It's A Mystery" went to number four in the mainstream chart. Her first three albums have been sited as the beginnings of Goth. Anthem also won the finest accolade of being performed live on the "Old Grey Whistle Test" at Drury Lane Theatre on Christmas Eve 1981 for the BBC, attracting 12million viewers.

Expect a special evening of cherry-picked songs with a substantial sprinkling of material not heard live since Toyah’s very earliest tours including the cult classics, Victims Of The Riddle, Race Through Space, Blue Meaning, Bird In Flight and Angel & Me.
 
Toyah/FSF-A @ The Cavern: Now & Then! 30 March, 2011
Toyah, now and then, at The Cavern on the first 'FSF-A' date. (Thanks to Shel Mackay for this)

 
Salisbury Journal: Toyah To Open Family Fun Day 30 March, 2011
Eighties icon Toyah Willcox will be singing at a free family fun day being organised by Salisbury’s mayor, Brian Dalton.

She will also open the event, which includes a battle re-enactment by the British Armour Plate Society, and cookery demonstrations by Jeff the Chef.

There will be performances by local singers Jamie Eldridge and Cherise Trueman, children’s funfair rides, a variety of stalls, and a real ale marquee run by CAMRA, featuring a one-off 750th Mayor Ale brewed by Small Paul, from Gillingham.

Cllr Dalton is looking for face painters, hair braiders, artists and caricaturists to join in the fun at the Harnham Sports and Social Club from midday on April 30.

It is all in aid of the mayor’s charity, the Caring 4 Kids Campaign.

• Read the full report at the 'Salisbury Journal' website,
here.

 
LemonDrop: Toyah Says Plastic Surgery Keeps Her 'Vital' 30 March, 2011
Actress and singer Toyah Willcox has opened up about her feelings on plastic surgery, health and fitness.

She told the Daily Mail she thought she was in "really good shape" for a 52-year-old and weighed in at 8 stone, but looked "bigger" because she's only 5ft 1.

The singer, who wrote a book about her experience with plastic surgery, declared: "Plastic surgery is feminism's revenge on sexism."

"I'm not interested in like gravity-defying breasts - for me it's about looking vital and not artificially young. I had a mini facelift - my jowls and bags removed."

• Read the full report at the 'LemonDrop' website,
here.
 
Daily Mail: Toyah Willcox Under The Microscope 30 March, 2011
A new interview with Toyah, published in yesterday's 'Daily Mail'.

'Plastic surgery is feminism’s revenge on sexism': Toyah Willcox under the microscope

Actress and singer Toyah Willcox, 52, talks plastic surgery, hip replacements and going to the gym.

YOU’RE 52 NOW — DO YOU FEEL IT?
I’m in really good shape considering what women have to go through to get to 52. I’m exactly the same weight — just under 8st — as I was in the Eighties, but I look bigger because I’ve shrunk an inch in height to 5ft 1in.

DO YOU REGRET HAVING PLASTIC SURGERY?
Plastic surgery is feminism’s revenge on sexism. I’m not interested in like gravity-defying breasts — for me it’s about looking vital and not artificially young. I had a mini facelift — my jowls and bags removed.

• Read the full interview at the 'Daily Mail' website,
here.

 
Chronicle Live: Toyah Willcox Shines At NSPCC Fundraiser 30 March, 2011
A flashback to the 80s helped raise money for a new Tyneside charity project. Glitz and glamour were the order of the evening at the retro ball in Newcastle.

And rock star Toyah Willcox was the star of the show at the fundraiser for the NSPCC.

Bright lights and fancy table decorations greeted supporters at the ball at Newcastle’s Centre for Life on Saturday. The charity is raising vital cash for a new centre in Newcastle, Jesmond, which will house three teams from the region.

The centre will provide services for vulnerable children and young people from across the North East.

Singer Toyah posed for pictures with fans before the evening got under way. Every table was named after an 80s film with the DJ blasting out hits from the era.

Toyah said: “This is a really happy evening and everyone has had fun. Everyone seems to be getting into the theme."

• Read the full article at the 'Chronicle Live' website,
here.
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 30 March, 2011

• Click above to visit Anthony Lewis' frequently updated blog. Lots of great retro Toyah articles and cuttings.

• Red Nose Day 2011 was yet another massive success for Comic Relief. Toyah and the 80s Supergroup, who helped raise all those millions, are featured in Red Nose Day's
Video Vault.

The Rock Telegraph: It Happened On 27 March: 1979 Toyah plays her first live show at Dingwalls Club in London.

• You want more 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' dates, I want more 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' dates, and it looks like
Lightly Salted just got their wish for a London date too.

 
Toyah Live 2011: Gigs Updated 30 March, 2011
The 10th 'FSF-A' date, at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, has now been confirmed. View full details of all the confirmed appearances at the Gigs page, here.

Thursday 7th April: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: The Horn, St Albans
Saturday 16th April: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: HMV Institute, Birmingham
Friday 22nd April: Live PA: The Canterbury City Faerie Ball
Thursday 12th May: Our Friends Acoustic: In Aid of Mencap
Friday 17th June: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Leicester Sq Theatre, London
Saturday 2nd July: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: The Regal, Oxford
Saturday 16th July: Toyah comperes at The Rock & Bike Festival (Non music)
Friday 22nd July: Toyah: Hits & Surprises: Harrogate Theatre: Full Band
Saturday 23rd July: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Atrix, Bromsgrove
Sunday 31st July: Rewind Festival, Scone Palace, Perth
Friday 5th August: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Rebellion Punk Music Festival, Blackpool
Saturday 6th August: Here & Now: Ascot Racecourse
Saturday 20th August: Flashback To The 80s: Clumber Park, North Nottinghamshire
Sunday 21st August: Rewind Festival, Henley-On-Thames
Friday 30th September: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Villa Marina, Isle Of Man
Saturday 22nd October: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Sunday 23rd October: From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Jack Rabbit Slims. Hoylake, Wirral

 
YouTubing with FSF-A @ Liverpool: Pop Star 27 March, 2011
'Pop Star' at The Cavern. Click to watch at 'YouTube' (Thanks to WhichWay)

• Also new at 'YouTube' - Thunder In The Mountains at The Cavern. (Thanks to themachman)

 
NSPCC Retro Ball Newcastle 27 March, 2011
Toyah at last night's Retro Ball in Newcastle, held in aid of the NSPCC. These were uploaded to 'Twitpic'. Please click on them for more photos from the event.

 
Toyah on Australian TV 26 March, 2011
Celebrity Fantasy Homes : Lifestyle Home - Sunday 27th March : 1.30pm
The essential relocation series now sets its sights on finding the perfect location and dream home for some more well-known faces. How do celebrities go about finding their dream homes? This series offers viewers the chance to find out, as presenter Gaby Roslin leads celebrities on their hunt for their next dream property. Punk pop princess Toyah Willcox enlists Gaby’s help in her search for a second home in Richmond upon Thames, with a budget of 650,000.
www.lifestyle.com.au

 
Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1976 25 March, 2011
Toyah takes part in a new documentary, Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1976, airing on BBC Four on Friday 1st April as part of a Top Of The Pops night, an entire evening of programmes dedicated to the long-running music show.

The nation grew up with Top of the Pops and it was always a talking point, but 35 years ago a particular kind of Top of the Pops programme and tone held sway. This documentary explores Top of the Pops in 1976 - as a barometer of the state of pop and light entertainment TV.

It celebrates the power of the programme and observes British society of the mid 70s, British TV and the British pop scene. In 1976, glam was over and nothing had replaced it - the charts belonged to Showaddywaddy, Brotherhood of Man and the Wurzels, all to be found on Top of the Pops hosted by the Radio 1 DJs. If you wanted rock you looked to the Old Grey Whistle Test, while outside the charts a new scene was rumbling.

Contributors include Tony Blackburn, David 'Diddy' Hamilton, Paul Morley, Toyah Willcox, Showaddywaddy, Brotherhood of Man, the Wurzels and Dave Haslam.
 
Toyah on TV 25 March, 2011
Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976 : BBC Four- Friday 1st April : 10.00pm
Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976 : BBC Four - Saturday 2nd April : 2.50am
Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976 : BBC Four - Monday 4th April : 1.00am
Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976 : BBC Four - Thursday 7th April : 8.10pm
Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976 : BBC Four - Friday 8th April : 1.25am

Documentary examining how the BBC's flagship pop show reflected changes in British music and culture during 1976. As the popularity of glam rock faded, no dominant musical scene emerged to replace it, leading to chart success for bands including Abba, Showaddywaddy, the Brotherhood of Man and the Wurzels - while outside the mainstream, punk rock was rapidly growing in popularity. Featuring contributions by Tony Blackburn, Paul Morley, Toyah Willcox, David Hamilton and Dave Haslam.

The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies Indie - Sunday 3rd April : 1.40am
Satirical comedy starring Kris Marshall as a fertile young virgin who discovers he is the only man in Belfast capable of fathering a child. With Kris Marshall, Kathy Keira Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Olivia Nash, Pauline McLynn, Tara Lynne O'Neill, Toyah Willcox, Harry Towb, Marc O'Shea and Paddy McCarney. Directed by: Dudi Appleton (1999).

Hole In The Wall : CBBC - Sunday 3rd April : 3.00pm
The celebrity contestants are TV chef Simon Rimmer, singer Toyah Willcox, actress Zaraah Abrahams and presenter Barney Harwood, captained by rugby legend Austin Healey and EastEnders' Joe Swash.
 
From Sheep Farming: 'The Cavern' News 25 March, 2011
We've added a News page dedicated to Toyah's From Sheep Farming To Anthem gig at The Cavern. There's photos, videos, set list and more. View here. This was the first FSF-A gig of, hopefully, many, especially after the great reaction to Sunday's gig. View our full FSF-A news here.

 
You Tubing with Latex Messiah @ Southport 25 March, 2011
Toyah, and "Special Guest", performing 'Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)' in Southport last Saturday night at the 48 Hour Party: 80s Weekender. (Thanks to djjohny @ 'YouTube')

 
Daily Express: Toyah Willcox's New Jerusalem 25 March, 2011
How times have changed. As students and trade unionists finesse their banners and chants ahead of an anti-cuts rally in London tomorrow, one-time punk Toyah Willcox has been delivering a rousing speech – to the Women’s Institute.

The singer and television presenter addressed 900 ladies from across the country at an annual council meeting at Cheltenham Town Hall in Gloucestershire.

We are informed that Toyah regaled the gathered throng with tales from her life, heaping praise on the unifying power of the WI before the meeting was closed with – what else – an enthusiastic rendition of Jerusalem.
 
WH Times: CBeebies’ Mister Maker and Toyah 25 March, 2011
CBEEBIES’ Mister Maker and singer Toyah Willcox will star in this year’s St Albans pantomime.

It’s panto time again! Oh yes it is... Oh not it isn’t!

The first two stars of this year’s St Albans pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, have been confirmed. They are none other than rock singer and actress Toyah Willcox and BAFTA-nominated children’s presenter Phil Gallagher, aka CBeebies’ Mister Maker on BBC.

From the same creative team that put on 2010’s record-breaking Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be a fantastic festive treat for all the family.

With the seven dwarfs already booked, this year’s Alban Arena panto promises to be truly spectacular.

The panto runs from Friday, December 9 to Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Tickets are already selling well, so call the box office on 01727 844488 or go to the Alban Arena website.
 
Gloucestershire Echo: From Punk Rock Fame... 24 March, 2011
From punk rock fame to facing the Jam and Jerusalem brigade -Toyah Willcox

Former punk rocker Toyah Willcox addressed the county's jam and Jerusalem brigade declaring age is something to be proud of.

The singer and television presenter, spoke to 900 Women's Institute members from across Gloucestershire at their Annual Council Meeting at Cheltenham Town Hall, yesterday.

She said: "I am not a member of the WI because I am always busy touring but I certainly know what it is and think it is incredibly important.

"It is not all about cooking and baking but about the support system for women and it is important for women of all generations to be together and helps women establish themselves in the community.

• Read the full interview at the 'This is Gloucestershire' website,
here. First photo of Toyah from 'Avening WI' article "Toyah in Cheltenham". View that here.
 
Toyah Sings The Beatles 24 March, 2011
Fresh from a successful performance at Liverpool's Cavern Club last weekend, Toyah revisits Liverpool's most famous musical export this week in the studio. Reuniting with legendary producer Chris Neil (who produced Toyah's 1985 album "Minx"), Toyah will be covering a song by The Beatles in a new recording for a forthcoming album project which sees various female vocalists covering The Beatles.

The working title for this album is "Ladies Love The Beatles" and it will be a high profile release.

• News Source: The Official Toyah Willcox Website/Toyah's Official Facebook.

 
Little Noise Sessions: Our Friends Acoustic 24 March, 2011
'Little Noise Sessions' have a page dedicated to the forthcoming Our Friends Acoustic event.

The 80s may be gone but are by no means forgotten, as ‘Our Friends Acoustic’ returns for a one off show in aid of learning disability charity Mencap. On Thursday 12 May at The Grand in Clapham...

Topping the bill and hosting the show will be the one and only, 80s heart throb, Nik Kershaw. A man whose good looks and top tunes made many weak at the knees, Nik is sure to rock The Grand in Clapham like never before. In 1987, the world met a new vocal talent in the form of the powerful and soulful Rick Astley. His debut single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ hit the top of the charts within two weeks of its release and immortalised him as a true 80s hero. Joining them is punk princess and high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox; whose biggest hit ‘It's A Mystery’ and Platinum-selliing album ‘Anthem’ celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2011 - another perfect addition to the evening’s 80s soundtrack.

After the live music has finished there will be an exclusive afterparty, with DJs spinning your favourite 80s tunes till late.

• Book tickets at
Ticketmaster. View 'Little Noise Sessions' OFA page, here.
 
Toyah @ Liverpool Cavern Wall Of Fame 24 March, 2011
A great photo of Toyah checking out her brick at The Cavern last Sunday. View the full/larger version of this at Toyah's Official Facebook and/or Cavern Club Liverpool/Cavern Photos.

 
Birmingham Music Heritage: Toyah Interview 24 March, 2011
The 'Birmingham Music Heritage' has a plethora of Toyah content in the "Sponsorship" section of their website, including a video interview with Toyah talking about all things 'I Want To Be Free': the video concept by Godley and Creme, and how the song took on a life of its own in various parts of the world.

'Birmingham Music Heritage' are also advertising a new Toyah gig @ Birmingham Town Hall in October. There are a few new Toyah gigs currently being promoted by venues online, until they are officially confirmed it is advisable to hold off from buying tickets. An announcement regarding more gigs at
Toyah's Official Facebook is imminent anyway.

 
YouTubing with FSF-A @ Liverpool: Blue Meanings 24 March, 2011
There's some excellent footage surfacing from Sunday's first From Sheep Farming To Anthem gig at The Cavern. Here is the amazing 'Blue Meanings', not played live since 1980. (Thanks to Paul Lomas - cleverly mixing footage from Sunday's gig with 'Blue Meanings' from the ATV documentary)

 
YouTubing with FSF-A @ Liverpool: It's A Mystery 24 March, 2011
'It's A Mystery' from The Cavern (Thanks to themachman @ 'YouTube')

 
Snow White in St Albans? 24 March, 2011
It always feels slightly odd talking about panto anytime before, at least, November, but anyway, it looks like Toyah will be reprising her Wicked Queen this Christmastime in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs in St Albans.

With comedy, singing, dancing, audience participation, stunning sets and dazzling costumes, this year’s pantomime promises to be truly spectacular.

From the same creative team that brought you 2010’s record-breaking smash hit Peter Pan, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs will be a fantastic festive treat not to be missed! With phenomenal sales already, do not leave it too late to book!
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Dreamscape News 23 March, 2011
Check out all of our FSF-A news by clicking below. Collected together for your convenience :)

 
DJ Cruel Britannia's Toyah Interview To Re Air 22 March, 2011
DJ Cruel Britannia's interview with Toyah, first broadcast on 'Phoenix Radio' on 3rd April 2010, will be re aired a number of times next month.

The re-airing will take place on DJ Cruel's monthly show for 'Nightbreed Radio' called Cruel Britannia's Other Fadeout.

This episiode will commence from Sunday 3rd April at 8.00pm (exactly a year from when it last went out!), repeating at the same time every Sunday until the end of April (10th, 17th & 24th).

You can tune in by logging onto http://nightbreedradio.com & hitting the 'Listen Now' button.

In May the entire show will be streamable from DJ Cruel Britannia's blog at http://theotherfadeout.blogspot.com.

It’s an interesting chat covering numerous topics; beginning with ‘The Blue Meaning’… Toyah talks about the early albums, as well as ‘In The Court Of The Crimson Queen’, The Humans, playing the House Of Commons(!), the Robin gig, the Thunder/Free/BNW videos, The Power of Three, developing a chat show for daytime tv, Jubilee, the ‘Here & Now’ tours and much more.

 
YouTubing with FSF-A @ Liverpool 22 March, 2011
Check out WhichWay's 'YouTube'' channel for four excellent uploads from Sunday's gig at The Cavern: 'Ieya', 'Our Movie', 'Danced' and , the sublime, 'Bird In Flight'. Click below to go there.

 
The Blue Meaning: By Mark Satchwill 21 March, 2011
The era/album between 'Sheep Farming' and 'Anthem'... 'The Blue Meaning' is a formidable period in Toyah's timeline, and Mark Satchwill's incredible "Blue Meaning" artwork captures the mood of the album perfectly. FSF-A = a great "excuse" to feature this amazing Toyah art here again. View more of Mark’s work at his website here. The site includes another Toyah painting, War boys.

 
FSF-A: The Cavern, Liverpool: Photos 21 March, 2011
Four Caverntastic photos of Toyah from last night's From Sheep Farming To Anthem premiere gig. Please click on each for a larger version. (Many thanks to Glyn Whelan for these great photos)


 
FSF-A: The Cavern, Liverpool: Set List 21 March, 2011

What an utterly stunning set of songs. 'Pop Star', 'Bird In Flight' and 'Blue Meanings' live in 2011!! Bliss! Not that I'm counting but, that's six from 'Sheep Farming In Barnet', two from 'The Blue Meaning', six from 'Anthem'. Plus 'Bird in Flight', and four songs "post-Anthem": 'Thunder In The Mountains', 'Good Morning Universe', the awesome 'Angel and Me', and a nice surprise, one of the best songs of the Noughties, 'Little Tears of Love'.

Check out Toyah's Official Facebook for photographs, numerous mini reviews and comments on last night's gig. (Huge thanks to Merx for the set list • Thanks also to Paul Lomas and WhichWay)

 
Official Toyah: Toyah Rocks The Cavern Club 21 March, 2011
TOYAH ROCKS THE LEGENDARY LIVERPOOL CAVERN CLUB

Toyah triumphed with a long-awaited performance at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club last night, kickstarting a tour which celebrates her unique songbook and thirty years since It's A Mystery hit the singles charts.

Performing a special concert at the renowned venue, Toyah delighted the audience with a set list taking in the hits Thunder In The Mountains, Good Morning Universe and I Want To Be Free alongside songs Pop Star and We Are from her Platinum-selling album Anthem.

Material not heard live since Toyah's early tours also made it to the set list, including Blue Meanings, Bird In Flight and her very first single, Victims Of The Riddle. In addition, Liverpool Cavern Club cast Toyah's name into brick which will be displayed on Liverpool's Wall of fame cited next to the music venue alongside other music legends Robert Plant, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Fripp. The "Sheep Farming To Anthem: Classics Revisited Live" tour continues with dates in St. Albans and Birmingham in April.
Click here for full live dates.
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!: FSF-A + 21 March, 2011
• The world famous Cavern Club Liverpool has cast Toyah's name into a brick which will be displayed on the Liverpool Wall of Fame next to the Club & the Beatles Museum. Respect! :-) (Source: Toyah's Official Facebook)

• Toyah wore a black sparkly dress with matching jacket, she said the reason 'Bird in Flight' was rarely done live is because "it's a bastard to sing", this was only the second time she has played 'Pop Star' live, and she said 'We Are' "should have been a single". (Thanks to Paul Lomas)

• From
Toyah's Official Facebook: "you never know...... there might be a live album of it. Cross those fingers."

• Toyah was mentioned in yesterday morning's Stiff At The BBC on Radio 4. They did a Top 9(!) rundown and 'Thunder In The Mountains' was "up three to number five..." (Thanks to PJ)

• Just 24 hours before hitting Liverpool's The Cavern, Toyah played her first full band set of the year in Southport at the 80s 48 Hr Party, alongside Go West. It was by all accounts a great gig and even had David Van Day, of Dollar, tweeting about how good it was!

 
YouTubing with From Sheep Farming To Anthem @ Liverpool 21 Mar, 2011
An amazing 'Ieya' from last night's Cavern gig. Click to watch at 'YouTube' (Thanks to WhichWay)

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Counting Down #7 20 March, 2011
The countdown is complete, the first gig is tonight, and I'm ending this with a slightly controversial choice. Is this song part of the FSF-A era? It came with 'FlexiPop' number 8, published around the time of the release of 'Anthem' (the magazine even includes a review) so, yes.

FOR YOU: This is Toyah's "lost" gem. The second song on a flexi disc given away with a short-lived pop magazine, and yet this is a fantastic song, with beautiful lyrics (Secure as a clifftop in wind and snow...), great melody and vocals by Toyah. Of course it won't be included on the set list but in an ideal world it would be.

DID YOU KNOW: Toyah forgot she wrote and recorded this wonderful song? In 1998, just before 'Anthem' and 'The Changeling' were reisuued on CD, and 'For You' was finally liberated from its flexi-disc tomb, "Remember The Eighties" interviewed Toyah and asked her about it and she said :"I don't know it! Oooooh, I must go and listen to it! But I'd forgotten about 'Stand Proud' too, and 'Sphinx' and all of those... I'm going to go back and listen to it!".
 
Sheep Farming In Barnet Era: Three Rare Photos 20 March, 2011
Three, fairly, rare photos of Toyah from around the time 'Sheep Farming In Barnet' was released in 1979. Please click below for larger versions. (Thanks to Andi)

 
Counting Done! 20 March, 2011
The final "Countdown" page will be online shortly. I wonder how many of these, magnificent, seven will be played tonight? Knowing my powers of prediction, I'll take a guess at... none! :)

If I had to choose just one it would be the one the final songwords page is dedicated to. A song that definitely has zero chance of being played.

PS. Thanks for the nice comments about the mock ad. There's just something incredibly iconic about those three Toyah images, isn't there!

 
This Week.. Today.. Right Now.. We Are Mostly Listening To.. 20 Mar, 2011
... But then we always have... It's been the soundtrack to our lives!! Thanks Toyah!

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: The Tours 20 March, 2011
Three years, six tours: From 'The Resurrection Tour 1979' to the 'Anthem Tour 1981'.

 
FSF-A: Overseas Features & Releases 20 March, 2011
Of course it wasn't just the UK that was obsessed with Toyah From Sheep Farming To Anthem...

Just a small selection of overseas Toyah articles and releases from that 1979 - 1981 era.

Please click to the left to view a larger version.

(Thanks to Andi for the articles scans - if anyone wants larger versions of the articles let me know)

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Live! Tonight!! 20 March, 2011
It's finally here! Toyah premieres "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" tonight! For those of you not lucky enough to be in Liverpool or heading in that direction stay tuned today to Dreamscape for our FSF-A updates. Have a great night Toyah and fans. (Awesome photo by Mick Mercer)

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Counting Down #6 19 March, 2011
It's the penultimate countdown song page! Toyah plays The Cavern, Liverpool tomorrow night on the very first "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gig.

BLUE MEANINGS: This probably seems like an obvious choice (whaddya mean all my choices are? :)) but it would be incredible to hear this song live in 2011. It's intrinsic to the band's early era, and its inclusion in the 1980 ATV TOYAH docu is probably one of the reasons (along with Toyah's force-of-nature personality back then) Toyah moved onto massive success mere weeks after the docu aired on ITV. View the sixth countdown page here.

DID YOU KNOW: The reason for 'The Blue Meaning' title is: "I called it "The Blue Meaning" because there are a lot of sexual innuendoes in the album songs and also it's depressing in places, so I called it "The Blue Meaning" which meant whatever the colour blue triggers off." (Toyah explaining the album's title in 'Intergalactic Ranchouse' #1).

 
Toyah in Liverpool 1979/2011 19 March, 2011

Toyah plays The Cavern, Liverpool tomorrow night. Toyah first played the city on 14th April 1979 on 'The Resurrection Tour', supporting The Damned at Eric's. The venue closed in March 1980 so its legend ties in with the FSF-A era. The "new" Cavern is across the road from where Eric's once was.

Tickets for the Cavern gig can be bought online at www.rspromo.co.uk.

 
Toyah Interviews: Post Sheep/Pre Anthem 19 March, 2011
A couple of post-Sheep Farming/pre-Anthem tabloid interviews with Toyah. Please click on either for the larger, original versions. (Thanks to Andi - who sent me these for the site many years ago)

 
IOM Today: Toyah Willcox Heads For Villa 19 March, 2011
Toyah Willcox will perform at the Villa Marina in September during a tour of special live gigs throughout the British Isles this year.

From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Classics Revisited Live! celebrates the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough hit It’s A Mystery and the platinum LP Anthem. The show will include selections from her first three albums, Sheep Farming In Barnet, The Blue Meaning and Anthem. It is on Friday, September 30, in the Promenade Suite. Doors open at 7.45pm and Toyah is expected on stage at 9pm. Tickets are 17.50 if bought before May 1.

Visit www.printaticket.co.uk
 
Sing If You Can: New ITV1 Show 19 March, 2011
Toyah is mentioned in a number of articles, published yesterday, as one of the participants in a new ITV1 entertainment show, Sing If You Can. The programme is due to begin airing next month.

The show, which will be hosted by Vernon Kay and Stacey Solomon, sees two celebrity teams trying to sing while facing challenges designed to distract them.

Celebrities who are confirmed for the show include musicians like Jedward, Chesney Hawkes, Boyzone's Mikey Graham, Ray Quinn, Camilla Kerslake, Jonathan Ansell, Toyah, Sinitta, Steps star Faye Tozer, Michelle Gayle and Brenda Edwards.

• View reports at
Digital Spy, Unreality TV and the Daily Mail.
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Counting Down #5 18 March, 2011
Counting down to Sunday's premiere "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gig at The Cavern, Liverpool.

Through until Sunday we're dedicating a page a day to a classic Toyah song that should, though not necessarily will, be included in the FSF-A set list.

ELUSIVE STRANGER: What can be said about this song... ? People have, for over 30 years now, enthused about 'Danced', 'Neon Womb', 'Ieya'... and yet 'Elusive Stranger'... I think the adjective "epic" was possibly invented just to be used to describe the sixth track on 'Sheep Farming In Barnet' ... maybe :). View the fifth countdown page here.

DID YOU KNOW: Toyah "revisited" the Elusive Stranger four years after originally recording the song for 'Sheep Farming In Barnet': Elusive stranger, come on lay it on the line, alone in the madness, I'm alone for all time, I'm alone for all time... she sang on 'I Explode' from the 1983 album 'Love Is The Law'.

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: The Bands 17 March, 2011
The Toyah band 2011 have been rehearsing their socks off fine tuning the forthcoming 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' set list... Meanwhile, here are the three original FSF-A bands, circa '79 - '81!

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 17 March, 2011
• As most of us are aware, Toyah plays Liverpool's Cavern in a few days time, but back in October 1993 on her successful 'Take The Leap!' UK tour she played another Cavern, this one in Exeter. View a great little blog post, here, reminiscing about that gig.

• 80s Acoustic has two tickets up for grabs for the 'Our Friends Acoustic' gig in May. To enter they simply ask you to retweet their recent tweet. Go here to do so. View ticket info about the 'Our Friends Acoustic' gig at The Official Toyah gigs page, here.

• Even Graham Norton got into the Let's Dance For Comic Relief groove last Saturday. He played 'I Want To Be Free' on his BBC Radio 2 show. (Thanks to Kev Toa)

• Toyah is namechecked in today's 'Bexley Times' in an article about Sir Edward Heath's former home. View
here.

• View the 'Tellurian' (former Official Toyah fanclub website) archives, here. Some great Toyah features to explore.

 
The Official Toyah Facebook: FSF-A 17 March, 2011
Some tantalising 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' updates @ Toyah's Official Facebook over the last few days:

• So the set list for FROM SHEEP FARMING TO ANTHEM: Live at the legendary Cavern Club is amazing. Let's have some bets on what the opening song is...

• "i am not part of the old movement called punk; i am part of the future." (Toyah, ATV Documentary, 1980)

• 32 years ago this month, Toyah kicked off The Resurrection Tour (27/03/79) which went on to play Eric's in Liverpool. This Sunday, "Sheep Farming To Anthem: Classics Revisited Live" premieres at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club.

• A week tonight, the original 1980s "POP STAR", Toyah takes to the stage of the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool for the premiere gig of FROM SHEEP FARMING TO ANTHEM: CLASSICS REVISITED LIVE.

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: News Page 17 March, 2011
We now have a dedicated news page for "From Sheep Farming To Anthem".

View all the related news, charting the first mention of the dates last December right through to this week's build up to this Sunday's first gig.

• View Dreamscape's FSF-A news,
here.
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Counting Down #4 17 March, 2011
Counting down to Sunday's premiere "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gig at The Cavern, Liverpool.

Through until Sunday we're dedicating a page a day to a classic Toyah song that should, though not necessarily will, be included in the FSF-A set list.

BIRD IN FLIGHT: The third single from Toyah, released on 1st February 1980, and a non-album track. This is raw, yet melodic, with emotive lyrics and a great vocal delivery from Toyah. This didn't appear on any Toyah album for almost 15 years (Best Of Toyah, first CD compilation, 1994), and is certainly one of the early band's finest moments. View the fourth countdown page here.

DID YOU KNOW: After Mark Henry left the band following the 'Sheep Farming In Barnet' UK tour in late 1979, Toyah auditioned over 80 bassists before deciding on Charlie Francis, who co-wrote and played bass on this single, before heading out on the 'Bird In Flight' UK tour in January 1980.

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Mock Ad 16 March, 2011
Unfortunately this, mock "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" ad, didn't go exactly to plan, but I've always loved these three Toyah images so I thought I would add it here anyway...

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Counting Down #3 16 March, 2011
We're counting down to Sunday's premiere "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gig at The Cavern, Liverpool.

Through until Sunday we're dedicating a page a day to a classic Toyah song that should, though not necessarily will, be included in the FSF-A set list. Though, every song from the first three albums are utter classics anyway.

OBSOLETE: The second song on 'Anthem', and it couldn't be more different to the first: Frantic and driven, never losing pace, and a brilliantly sudden end. I first heard this when I was 12 and I still love it as much today! View the third countdown page here.

DID YOU KNOW:
The lyrics in the second verse of 'Obsolete': We scanned their skies with stardust eyes, and kissed their rainbow minds, so we jumped right down and played the clown, to their glittering kind, they clapped and cheered, it was mighty weird, but we had to go back home, so we went to the ship for our cosmic trip, right through their dome... is part of a poem Toyah wrote when she was aged just 12?

 
Toyah & Chesney @ 'Twitpic' 16 March, 2011
Another 'twitpic' of Toyah and Chesney: "Hands on Toyah!". View here. (Thanks to Phil Ellery)

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