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

 
Ministry Of Sound: Anthems Alternative 80s (3CD) 30 November, 2011
'Ministry Of Sound: Anthems Alternative 80s', the new 3CD compilation, was released on Monday.

Toyah features on the excellent compilation, with the 1981 classic 'I Want To Be Free' included on disc two.

As well as CD, the album is also available to download from iTunes and other digital music stores.

The album also includes The Cure, Strawberry Switchblade, Eurythmics, OMD, The Jam, Blondie, XTC, David Bowie, The Damned, Adam & The Ants, Kate Bush, Culture Club, Kirsty MacColl, Martha & The Muffins and many others.

• View more details on the CD release at Play,
here, and the download, at iTunes, here. (Thanks to Michael Cooney)

 
The Changeling Resurrection 2012: Opening Date 30 November, 2011
The first of next year's 'The Changeling Resurrection' dates has now been announced by toyahwillcox.com and Toyah's Official Facebook.

Toyah will play Concorde 2 in Brighton on Saturday 14th April. Tickets are on sale
here.

Visit the
Official Toyah Gigs page to view more details on this date and the, previously announced for 28th April, Wolverhampton gig at Robin 2.
 
SACFC: Hi Ho Hi Ho it's Off To Clarence Park We Go... 29 November, 2011
The cast of this year’s St Albans pantomime, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with the Jester and the Henchman, will be taking a break from rehearsals with a visit to St Albans City Football Club at Clarence Park on Saturday 3rd December.

St Albans City will be hoping that the Wicked Queen (aka Toyah Willcox) won’t be using her spells against the team, who are hoping to chalk up another victory against Barwell FC in the game, which kicks off at 3pm.

Children are invited to come along to the game dressed in fancy dress with the winner being presented with their prize by Snow White and the Jester, otherwise known as Mister Maker (Paul Gallagher) at half time.

• Read the full article, at the 'St Albans City FC' website,
here.
 
Toyah on TV: Daybreak/This Morning 29 November, 2011
Toyah's guest appearance on this Thursday's Daybreak has now been confirmed. The programme airs from 6 to 8.30am and Toyah, as with last week's appearance, will probably appear at various times throughout.

Toyah's Official website also report that Toyah will guest on This Morning, to discuss appearing in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs in St Albans, on Friday 9th December.

The site also confirms more details on Toyah's Vintage Christmas, "Toyah introducing pop videos and clips and telling stories", and the festive return of Pop Quiz, with Toyah as a guest.

• View all upcoming 'Toyah on TV & Radio' here.

 
Rare Toyah 1980/81 28 November, 2011
Toyah rarities from 1980 and '81. A fantastic flyer which includes an advert for Toyah's 6/6/80 gig on the 'Ieya Tour', at Unity Hall, Wakefield. This was also the day 'The Blue Meaning' was released. Click on the preview for the full version. Plus a few photos of Toyah in Europe from mid-'81. (Thanks to Simon Cleasby for the flyer and Paul Lomas for the photos)

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 28 November, 2011
• 'The Changeling Resurrection 2012 Tour': Ticket, city and venue details for the first date are to be announced soon.

• Toyah has asked whoever can to lend their support to her friend Owen Reynolds. Visit his
Facebook support page.

• 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan': An excellent review by Mick Mercer. Read
here. Mick reviewed numerous Toyah gigs and albums in 'ZigZag', 'NME' and 'Record Mirror' in the late 70s/early 80s.

• Toyah has been asked to guest again on ITV1's Daybreak, this coming Thursday.

• The Christmas lights in Harpenden were switched on by Toyah and her Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs co-stars over the weekend. 'Heart' reported on this
here.

• 'St Albans Review' also report on the Christmas Lights Switch On: Singer and actress Toyah Willcox, who plays the evil queen in the show, said they had received a great reception from people. She said: “It’s been lovely today. People love pantomime. With lives being so tough at the moment, there’s something so positive about pantomime.” View here.

• Toyah tweeted this afternoon: "all packed and off to panto land for 6 weeks, cant wait, will be an absolute giggle", and "Its Christmas time.........oh yes it is", along with this
photo.

• 'Remember The Eighties' will have a new look early next year. View site owner Richard's message, about the plans,
here.

• Toyah is on TV (and radio) a lot over the next couple of weeks. Both old and new programmes and appearances. View the complete list here.

 
Toyah on TV & Radio 28 November, 2011
Daybreak : ITV1 - Thursday 1st December : 6.00am
Adrian Chiles and Kate Garraway are joined by former Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall, who performs Happy This Christmas. Actor Zac Efron also drops by to talk about his new film New Year's Eve, and Toyah Willcox has the latest I'm A Celebrity gossip. Plus, news and current affairs as well as health, entertainment and lifestyle features. Also airing on ITV1 +1

The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies Indie - Thursday 1st December : 5.30pm
Satirical comedy 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. Also airing on Sky Movies Indie HD.

Bargain Hunt Famous Finds : Home - Friday 2nd December : 9.00am
Bargain Hunt Famous Finds : Home - Saturday 3rd December : 0.00am

Toyah Willcox v Kiki Dee. Singers Toyah Willcox and Kiki Dee search for antiques at a fair in Farnham, Surrey, with their finds being sold at auction in Chiswick, London. Toyah is joined by friend John Wain and Kiki is accompanied by Jenny, one of her closest friends. Also airing on Home +1.

Maigret & The Hotel Majestic : ITV3 - Saturday 3rd December : 6.25am
Maigret & The Hotel Majestic : ITV3 +1 - Saturday 3rd December : 7.25am

Crime series featuring Georges Simenon's celebrated Parisian detective. Maigret is called to the scene when a beautiful woman is found dead in the basement of the Hotel Majestic with a gun in her handbag. The Chief Inspector's investigations initially centre around the staff at the hotel - until he discovers that the woman's husband booked a trip to Rome that he never made. Starring: Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Hutchings, Michael Shannon and Toyah Willcox. Also airing on ITV3 HD.

The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More4 - Saturday 3rd December : 11.40am
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More4 +1 - Saturday 3rd December : 12.40pm

Jimmy Carr reveals the greatest Christmas moment of all time. From the moment when George Bailey's guardian angel earns his wings in It's a Wonderful Life to Dawn and Tim's long-awaited kiss under the mistletoe in The Office, this programme counts down the 100 festive moments that remain indelibly stuck in the nation's memories.

 
Toyah's Vintage Christmas 25 November, 2011
Toyah's Vintage Christmas airs on 'Vintage TV' on Thursday 8th December at 9pm. The programme has a running time of three hours. There's no info yet of content but this could be along the lines of Toyah's music shows in the 90s for VH1: Toyah introducing/chatting between (Christmas) videos?

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 25 November, 2011
• Andi's amazing 'IEYA' Toyah doll is now complete (with the addition of replica Toyah boots and bangles). This is a great re-creation of Toyah's incredible image from 1980. View the full version at 'flickr', here. (Thanks to Andi).

• Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death. 'Popbitch' paid tribute in their own unique way, with a rundown of "Queen Covers - the good, the bad and the ugly". View
here.

• A weird-ish Toyah post at the 'Quite Interesting' forums: "It's A Mystery - This song took Toyah to #4 in Britain in 1981. It was to be another sixteen years before Simon Cowell and BMG records took a song featuring her vocals to #1; it was
this ..." I'm not a Teletubbies expert but I'm fairly sure Toyah's voice wasn't on the single they released.

Snow White @ The Alban Arena announcement: Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control American actor Brody Hutzler will no longer be playing the role of Prince Charming in The Alban Arena’s production of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs this Christmas. But never fear, like all good heroes there’s another Prince Charming ready to save the day! David McGranaghan will be stepping in to play Snow White's beau, no stranger to the role David has just finished a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company and looks set to take The Alban Arena by storm!

 
The Edinburgh Gig Archive 25 November, 2011
The Edinburgh Gig Archive is a fascinating resource: The place to find out who played where and when in the Scottish capital. Toyah is, of course, included in the Archive, in the "Odeon Cinema", "Edinburgh Playhouse", "Tiffanys" and "Record Shops" pages. Toyah played Edinburgh a number of times over the years, including twice at, the legendary, Tiffanys in Stockbridge, on 'The Resurrection Tour' in April 1979 and the second date of the 'Ieya Tour' in May 1980.

 
Pop Quiz: Back For Christmas 2011 23 November, 2011
This is exciting news for all of us who loved Pop Quiz back in the 80s. Mike Read has filmed a new special with Toyah, Jay Aston and Nick Heyward for 'Vintage TV'.

A TRULY CHRISTMASSY QUIZ

It doesn't get more exciting than this: punk princess Toyah Willcox, R&B soul star Geno Washington and 80s teenage pop idol Paul Young versus Bucks Fizz's Jay Aston, Haircut 100's Nick Heyward and Slade's Dave Hill. Mike Read's Pop Quiz has been revived and revamped for this Vintage TV Christmas Special, and what a shoot it was! Tension, laughter and true grit as the teams fought it out to become Christmas Champions. Stay tuned to find out who won and try your own luck at those tricky questions...
 
Express: Bereft Toyah Willcox's Gift To Sick Friend 23 November, 2011
The saying goes that it’s better to give than receive and that certainly seems to be the case for big-hearted singer Toyah Willcox this year.

The 53-year-old, who is married to guitarist and record producer Robert Fripp, lost her mother Barbara to cancer earlier this year and has donated her entire Christmas shopping fund to pay for a friend’s treatment for the disease.

“I always spend about £2,000 on Robert at Christmas,” she explains at a recording of Mike Read’s Pop Quiz for Vintage TV. “This will be my first Christmas without my mum, who I lost to cancer in September, and I’m not looking forward to it at all.

“I’ve donated all my Christmas money to a friend who needs to buy his cancer medication from America. Robert has done the same. They’re life-saving drugs and we’ve done this in my mother’s name. So we’re just going to have a normal day.”

 
Dreamscape News Archive: October 2011 23 November, 2011
Dreamscape's Toyah news for October 2011 has now been consigned to our News Archive (aka "the past"): Cumbria Pride, 'Punk Globe' magazine, 'Sugar Rush', The Humans on tour, National Trust Walking Festival, Shoestring Series 1 DVD, Toyah on TV, rare 1979 live photos, The Power Of Three, Tales Of The Unexpected, 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' tour, 'Company' magazine, Quadrophenia Blu-ray, 'Put The Needle On The Record', rare 1980 & 1982 photos, 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan', Be Proud @29, 'Four More From Toyah' @30, Hits & Surprises in Scotland, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, numerous press articles... and more...

 
Four More From Toyah @ 30: The Complete Lyrics 22 November, 2011
The final 'Four More From Toyah' Anniversary update: It's The Complete Lyrics...

 
Four More From Toyah @ 30: Toyah Doll 22 November, 2011

The 'Four More From Toyah/Good Morning Universe' Toyah doll. Another great way of marking the EP's big 30th. Please click below to view the full version. All of the recent Toyah dolls photos have been added to the Art+ Gallery. (A massive thanks to Andi Westhorpe for this)

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 22 November, 2011
• The 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan' Facebook now has an Archive of Toyah photos from 1983. Visit the Facebook page, here.

• Lulu.com are offering 25% off any order until 28 November 2011 in a promotion called Cyber Week. A good reason to buy 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan'. More info
here.

• 'Get Ready To Rock' have another 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' review. The penultimate gig at The Assembly, Leamington Spa. View
here.

• Minna, of 'The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive', has been creating and uploading more great "audio & slides" to the Toyah Fan Videos channel at 'You Tube': Recently it's been 'Love Is The Law' live and The Humans: Including Dreamscape, I Explode, Broken Diamonds, Icarus and Put A Woman On The Moon. Visit the channel,
here.
 
Four More From Toyah @ 30: Toyah Doll? 22 November, 2011
'Four More From Toyah'... 30 years... Would anyone like to see a FMFT/GMU Toyah doll?

 
Toyah on 'Daybreak': ITV Player 22 November, 2011
This morning's Daybreak, with Toyah guesting at various times throughout, is available to watch online at 'ITV Player' if you are in the UK. View here.

 
Four More From Toyah @ 30: Good Morning Universe 22 November, 2011
I'm crashing cymbals, in outer space... This week is the 30th Anniversary of the release of Toyah's second 1981 EP, the mighty 'Four More From Toyah'. Click below for the songwords to the lead song, 'Good Morning Universe'. Photographs © Gered Mankowitz,1981. (Thanks to Paul Lomas)

 
Toyah on 'Daybreak': Screen Caps 22 November, 2011
Screen caps of Toyah guesting on this morning's Daybreak on ITV1. She discussed the latest series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and, later, news stories in today's newspapers. Toyah also said she would appear on Celebrity Big Brother if asked: "I say yes to everything" she said. Click on the caps for larger versions.

 
Melissa Mailer-Yates Talks Brave New World 22 November, 2011
Brave New World by Melissa Mailer-Yates

This is one of the pieces for the Creative Face exhibition due in Las Vegas in 2012.

Toyah chose this image as her most favourite to show her at her best from the heady days of the 80s. It is based on the album cover shot for ‘The Changeling’, and comprises of acrylic and collage work of the original cover for Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’, and the many layers on the canvas are enhanced by crackling and subcutaneous layers to lift the surface.

This had its first public outing at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead, London on 10th November 2011 at the London Premiere of Toyah’s new film ‘The Power of Three’.

I have always found Toyah to be an inspiring subject to paint, and a wonderful person too.
(A percentage of print sales will be donated to the charity which supported Toyah’s mother.)

• View Melissa Mailer-Yates page/portfolio, at 'RedBubble', here.

 
Quadrophenia on ITV1 Tonight! 20 November, 2011
Monkey's back! The legendary Quadrophenia airs tonight on ITV1 at 10.45pm (not Scotland), the first time it has shown on a main terrestrial channel for a long time... A Way Of Life.

 
Four More From Toyah @ 30: Stand Proud 20 November, 2011
Released 30 years ago tomorrow, the amazing 'Four More From Toyah' EP. Here is the extra flexi song 'Stand Proud'. Click below to view the songwords. Photographs © Gered Mankowitz (1981)

NB: Despite listening to this song hundreds of times over the last 30 years I struggled with a couple of the lines: "Love is a maze...?" and "Love is a test of you...?" Not sure if these are accurate.

 
Vintage TV Toyah @ Rewind: Advert Screen Caps 20 November, 2011
'Vintage TV' are currently running an advert for their Toyah @ Rewind programme, airing this Friday evening and including an all new interview with Toyah, by Mike Read, at 'Rewind 2011'. Here's a few screen caps from the ad. Please click on them for larger versions.

Vintage TV at Rewind 2011: Vintage TV - Friday 25th November : 7.45pm
Vintage TV at Rewind 2011: Toyah. Catch up with goings-on at 2011's Rewind Festival, celebrating all things 80s. Mike Read chats to one of Britain's iconic household names, punk princess Toyah Willcox, about her 30+ years in music.

 
Get Ready To Rock: FSF-A Islington Review 20 November, 2011
TOYAH, O2 Islington Academy, London
5 November 2011:
Review by Bob Singleton

The first time I saw Toyah was on 31st January 1980 at St Andrew's Hall in Norwich when she was promoting the imminent release of her first album 'Sheep Farming in Barnet' (a 6 song EP of the same name had been released some five months earlier).

Tonight, on her 'Sheep Farming to Anthems: Classics Revisited Live' tour, it would be interesting to see which version of the diminutive Brummie would turn up... Toyah the singer or Toyah the actress and TV personality?

• Read the full review, at the 'Get Ready To Rock' website,
here. (Thanks to Claire Prestidge)
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 19 November, 2011
• As mentioned last month, Toyah is interviewed in the latest issue (No. 5, 25th November - 17th December 2011) of 'Vive Le Rock!' magazine. Also included are The Damned, Motorhead, The Cure, Adam Ant, Girlschool, The Selector, Gary Numan and many others. More info about 'Vive Le Rock!' here.

• Toyah has "contributed a memory about being a fan of Doctor Who" to the new 'Creating A Doctor Who Book For Charity'. View Toyah's page
here, and further info on the project, here.

• View an interesting article on Toyah's new film The Power Of Three, at 'Do Your Own Pr',
here. The film is currently on limited release with a DVD to follow in 2012.

• More fantastic Toyah memorabilia at 'flickr': Posters, books, make-up, Christmas cards, photos and polaroids. View
here.
 
Four More From Toyah @ 30: Urban Tribesmen 18 November, 2011
Suffer not you've done nothing wrong... Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of 'Four More From Toyah', The songwords to 'Urban Tribesmen'. Click below to view a larger version. View 'In The Fairground' here, and 'The Furious Futures' here. Photographs © Gered Mankowitz (1981)

 
Toyah Dolls: The Complete Collection 18 November, 2011
Those fantastic Toyah dolls are proving very popular, and rightly so. View the complete collection, and more, at 'flickr' by clicking below.

 
Monster Munchies: Screen Captures 17 November, 2011
The edition of Monster Munchies with Toyah aired last night and earlier today on Good Food. Here are some screen caps from the programme, with Toyah looking great. Please click on these for larger versions. (Thanks to the ever helpful Paul Lomas for letting me know this was airing)

 
Mature Times: Celebrities Feature On Honour Wall 17 November, 2011
Celebrities feature on The Stroke Association’s Honour Wall

Some of the UK’s most prolific celebrities have purchased their special bricks on The Stroke Association’s latest fundraising initiative, the virtual ‘Honour Wall’, to help raise funds for the UK’s first Life After Stroke Centre.

Queen of 80s pop, Toyah Willcox joined TV’s Adrian Chiles and film icon, Honor Blackman to buy and dedicate their bricks on the wall. Toyah said: “I’m really delighted to be able dedicate a brick to my father. Well done to The Stroke Association for supporting stroke survivors and their families right when they need it. I hope more people support this fantastic Centre.”

• Read the full article, at the 'Mature Times' website,
here.
 
Logan 5: Sci-Fi Futuristic Pop! 17 November, 2011
Are any Toyah fans aware of, or fans of, Logan 5?

Logan 5, aka as my wonderful longtime friend, the creative genius, Giddy Gavin, is a fantastic musician.

'The Future That Never Arrived' is Logan 5's recently released 6-track album. View further info on this
here. There is also a great selection of Logan 5 songs at Souncloud. Visit that page here.

If Toyah is looking for someone new to collaborate with then she need look no further than Logan 5... I'd love to hear what they could create together.
 
The Blue Meaning: Illuminated Movements 16 November, 2011
Or am I alone, as always is... It is 11,485 days, precisely, since this album was released. It hasn't aged...

'Ieya', 'Mummies', 'Blue Meanings', 'Vision', 'Insects', 'She'. All incredible songs. The utterly amazing 'Love Me'. There isn't a poor track to be heard. "All killer, no filler!"

Then there's the weird and wonderful 'Spaced Walking'. Earlier this year
Toyah told Dreamscape about the recording process of the song: "Steve James, Keith Hale, Gem Howard and I were messing around in the Marquee Studio at about 2am and Gem ordered a large cylinder of helium gas because he thought it would be fun. So Gem and I were in the vocal booth with Steve and Keith in the mixing studio and we were just messing about. It was improvised, Keith was on keyboards, I remember Gem having a spanner to open and close the gas valve every time I needed to fill me lungs." (A great response. Thanks to Stephen Bennett for submitting the question about 'Spaced Walking')

 
Dreamscape News Archive: 2000 - 2012 16 November, 2011
Just a little bit of history repeating... Check out Dreamscape's vast Toyah News Archive!

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 16 November, 2011
• Dreamscape mentioned these paintings back in June 2008 but it seems fitting to do so again now. Melissa Mailer-Yates, who has created the great 'Brave New World' art, also painted Toyah in 2008. Those paintings, or at least prints of them(?), are for sale at Melissa's website. Visit here, and view more of Melissa's art, at 'RedBubble', here. (Thanks to Paul Robertson)

St Albans & Harpenden Review: St Albans Christmas lights switch on this weekend: Panto stars from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will bring in the festive season in St Albans this weekend. The Christmas market and lights switch on will take place on Sunday, November 20. Toyah Willcox, and the cast of Alban Arena pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will join the Mayor of St Albans in St Peters Street, turning on the lights at 5.30pm. View
here.

Third Sector: Star Supporters: The singer Toyah Willcox is among the celebrities to have purchased a virtual brick for the Stroke Association's Honour Wall, which will help raise funds for a care centre for stroke victims. Anyone who buys one of the bricks will be able to dedicate it to a loved one. View
here.

The Guardian: New Music: Ice Choir - Two Rings: The whole thing is anchored by Feldman's soft, precise vocal, which somehow touches on all the key synth-pop vocalists, from Simon Le Bon to George Michael by way of Toyah Willcox. View
here.

What's On St Albans: Snow White: This Christmas, don’t miss our magical, fun-packed, family pantomime. With comedy, singing, dancing, audience participation, stunning sets and dazzling costumes, this year’s Alban Arena pantomime promises to be our biggest and best panto ever! View here. Booking info and ticket details here. (Oh yes they are!!)

 
Four More From Toyah @ 30: In The Fairground 15 November, 2011
Hello, can anyone hear me up there..? Later this month sees the 30th Anniversary of the release of Toyah's other 1981 EP, the ridiculously underrated 'Four More From Toyah'. Four (five) great songs and amazing visuals to round off Toyah's magnificent 1981.

The four-song EP was released in late November 1981 and entered the UK singles chart on 28th November, eventually peaking at number 14 in December and stayed on the chart until the end of January 1982. As with the previous single, 'Thunder In The Mountains', all the songs on the EP were new releases and didn't appear on any album until years later.

The first 100,000 pressings of 'Four More From Toyah' also came with a free flexidisc, containing a fifth exclusive track, 'Stand Proud'.

To mark the 30th Anniversary Dreamscape is bringing you the songwords/lyrics to all five tracks. Click below to view a larger version of 'In The Fairground', and view 'The Furious Futures'
here. Photographs © Gered Mankowitz (1981)

 
Brave New World by Melissa Mailer-Yates #2 15 November, 2011
More images of Melissa Mailer-Yates' incredible Toyah painting. (Thanks to Paul Robertson)

 
I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan: "A Must Read!" 15 November, 2011
A pet isn't just for Christmas and 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan' isn't just for Toyah fans. There's been a great response to the new book from everyone who has already bought and read Chris Limb's fascinating memoir. It's available now from lulu.com. The perfect Christmas pressie :)

 
Andi Fraggs: Sending Best Wishes 15 November, 2011
Get well soon! Visit Andi's official website by clicking on the photo of Andi and the Toyah band.

 
Toyah on TV & Radio 15 November, 2011
Quadrophenia : ITV1 - Sunday 20th November: 10.45pm
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone. Also airing on ITV1 HD and ITV1 +1.

Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee : Comedy Central Extra - Wed 23rd November : 3.05am
Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee : Comedy Central Extra - Sun 27th November : 3.50am

Olivia Lee stars in this hidden camera sketch show. New and made exclusively for Comedy Central. Deaf Bubba makes a mess of things at the marina and Elaine Caine meets Toyah Willcox.

TV Scrabble : Challenge - Monday 21st November : 4.40am
TV Scrabble : Challenge +1 - Monday 21st November : 5.40am

With celebrity guests Toyah Willcox and Rick Wakeman.

Vintage TV at Rewind 2011: Vintage TV - Friday 25th November : 7.45pm
Vintage TV at Rewind 2011: Toyah. Catch up with goings-on at 2011's Rewind Festival, celebrating all things 80s. Mike Read chats to one of Britain's iconic household names, punk princess Toyah Willcox, about her 30+ years in music.
 
Brave New World by Melissa Mailer-Yates 15 November, 2011
Melissa Mailer-Yates with her wonderful 'Brave New World' painting at last week's The Power Of Three premiere in London. (Thanks to Giddy Gavin, Paul Lomas & Lärwi)

 
Dreamscape's 'FSF-A': Section Updated 14 November, 2011
A fourth news page has now been added to our 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' section.

This latest addition brings together all of the 'FSF-A' related news from the past couple of months leading up to the end of the tour..

The section is now a comprehensive resource of information on the Toyah event of the year. A complete history of the 2011 UK Tour, with four News pages, huge Gallery and a Review of the concert at London's Leicester Square Theatre in June (courtesy of Lärwi).

The News pages include build-up info, related interviews and articles, photos, fan art, reviews and much, much more.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 14 November, 2011
• Toyah is in Dublin today, guesting on The Daily Show on RTÉ. The programme airs on the channel weekdays at 4.50pm: Over the past 18 years Toyah Willcox's has had 13 top 40 singles. She has written two books and appeared in over twenty stage plays and made 10 feature films. She joins us in studio today to talk about her amazing career to date. This may be available at the RTÉ Player soon.

• Audio Pro International: Roland hits the road with Toyah: Roland Systems Group (RSG) is currently on the road with 80s pop star Toyah Willcox, with an M-300 digital mixing console and S-1608 stage unit specified for the tour. View here.

• View fantastic Toyah memorabilia, at 'flickr',
here

• Toyah is namechecked today in a bizarre 'HecklerSpray.com' article on Liam Gallagher's recent comments about Adam Ant. View
here.

 
The Changeling/Warrior Rock 13 November, 2011
We're castaways, on our way to mysterious worlds... This week we have been mostly listening to... 'The Changeling' and 'Warrior Rock': Two exceptional albums. (Thanks to Andi)

View our massive 25th Anniversary feature on 'The Changeling' here. View 'The Changeling' songwords at our Complete Lyrics page, here. View dozens of 'Brave New World/The Changeling' related photos at our 1982 Gallery, here.

 
Toyah Dolls: The Changeling Tour/Warrior Rock 13 November, 2011
The Changeling Tour/Warrior Rock Toyah doll. View the full version at 'flickr', here.

 
Toyah Dolls: Brave New World 12 November, 2011
An amazing tribute to Toyah's greatest image. Indeed, the 'Brave New World/The Changeling' imagery is probably the most incredible "look" any pop star of any music era has ever given their fans. View larger versions of these, and other fantastic Toyah dolls, at 'flickr', here.

 
Toyah Dolls: Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) 12 November, 2011
A flawless tribute to Toyah's other amazing 1982 image. View the full version at 'flickr', here.

 
Toyah on TV: Vintage TV at Rewind 2011 12 November, 2011
Later this month 'Vintage TV' are finally airing more of their footage filmed at this year's 'Rewind Festival' at Henley, with a 15-minute Toyah special.

Vintage TV at Rewind 2011: Vintage TV
Friday 25th November : 7.45pm

Vintage TV at Rewind 2011: Toyah. Catch up with goings-on at 2011's Rewind Festival, celebrating all things 80s. Mike Read chats to one of Britain's iconic household names, punk princess Toyah Willcox, about her 30+ years in music.
 
From Sheep Farming...Islington: More Photos 11 November, 2011
More photos from the final 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' gig in Islington. View larger versions by clicking on each. All of these and more have been added to Dreamscape's FSF-A Gallery. (Thanks to Martin Saint and Lärwi)


 
Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia on ITV1 11 November, 2011
The iconic Quadrophenia airs on ITV1 later this month, the first time it has been shown on the main terrestrial channel for many years.

Quadrophenia : ITV1 - Sun 20th November: 10.45pm
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone. Also airing on ITV1 HD and ITV1 +1.

 
The Power Of Three: London Premiere Photo 11 November, 2011
Mark Ulrich, Toyah and Mark Evans at last night's The Power Of Three premiere at the Everyman Theatre. This has also been added to the 2010 - Gallery. (Thanks to Mark Evans for this fab photo)

 
More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS 10 November, 2011
The Doctor Who television documentary Toyah participated in, filmed and aired in 1993, is finally to be released on DVD.

2|entertain are planning a DVD set titled 'The Legacy Box' for release in 2012. The set will feature the incomplete 1979 Tom Baker story Shada, the documentary More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS and a variety of extras.

30 Years In The TARDIS originally aired on the BBC as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who.

When an extended version was released on BBC Video in 1994, it was retitled More Than Thirty Years In The TARDIS.
 
The Power Of Three: Premiere Tonight 10 November, 2011
Toyah, along with her movie co-stars, is attending the Official Premiere of The Power Of Three this evening.

The event is taking place at the Everyman Theatre, London.
 
Four More Of Toyah!!! 10 November, 2011
Four very rare, and amazing, early live Toyah photos have recently surfaced online at 'Wild Blanket'. View the full versions by clicking below. (Thanks to Andi)

 
Backstage Tales: BBC Radio Four 10 November, 2011
Backstage Tales : BBC Radio Four
Friday 9th December : 11- 11.30am

Midge Ure reveals the bizarre world of musicians on tour

He spills the beans on ‘the rider’, tour catering, tricky artists and overprotective managers and the most eye-watering examples of rock 'n' roll excess, and frugality, backstage. Getting a rock tour on the road is a massive undertaking, particularly if the star has a large entourage. Just feeding the crew is a military operation.

Having spent nearly 30 years on the road, Midge is perfectly placed to reveal the reality of musicians on tour. Fascinated by this bizarre backstage world, Midge goes on a mission to track down music promoters, tour managers, caterers, roadies, record company employees and the stars themselves to gather together the most intriguing and amusing backstage tales.

The programme also hears from Jason Donovan, Boy George, Kim Wilde, Toyah Willcox and Martin Kemp.
 
The Guardian: Franc Roddam 10 November, 2011
Franc Roddam: from parkas to the perfect souffle

What did director Franc Roddam do after Quadrophenia? He moved to LA, tried to woo Robert Redford – and ended up making MasterChef.

'You go to Hollywood," says Franc Roddam, "and the better you are at mediocrity, the better you'll get on. I tried to make personal films, which was a mistake." The director of Quadrophenia is explaining why he hasn't made a film in 20 years. After the huge success of his 1979 debut, the screen version of the Who's rock opera, Roddam headed to California with dreams of joining the gang.

• Read the full interview at 'The Guardian' website,
here.
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 10 November, 2011
• There's a great new(ish) photo of Toyah at the Debi Allen Associates talent agency website. View here.

• According to 'Queenworld.com' Toyah is guesting at the Freddie Mercury Tribute show on November 25th at the Clapham Grand Theatre: Then our very own, fabulous SAS band, featuring Spike Edney, Jason Falloon, Steve Stroud and John Marter, will rock your night away! They will be joined by special guests Kerry Ellis, Tony Vincent, Toyah, Chris Thompson, Madeline Bell, Patti Russo and our own excellent RockChicks, Susie and Zoe! View
here.

• 'It's A Mystery' was played on The Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon, resulting in a plethora of tweets!

• Company Magazine's Toyah "Brit Icons" promo image.

 
From Sheep Farming...Islington: More Incredible Photos 09 November, 2011
More of Damon's incredible 'FSF-A' o2 Academy Islington, London photos, from the final gig of the nine month spanning tour. Click on each to view larger versions. All of these and more have been added to Dreamscape's FSF-A Gallery. (Thanks again to Damon King)



 
From Sheep Farming...Islington: More Great Photos 09 November, 2011
The 'From Sheep Farming...' Tour has certainly made 2011 a memorable year for Toyah and fans.


 
From Sheep Farming...Islington: More Photos 09 November, 2011
More photos. Please click on each photo for a larger version. (Thanks again to Damon)


 
From Sheep Farming...Islington: Photos 09 November, 2011
Fantastic photos of Toyah from last Saturday's final 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' concert at the o2 Academy Islington, London. Click on each to view larger versions. All of these and more have been added to our FSF-A Gallery. (Huge thank you to Damon King for his photos and generosity)


 
FSF-A... Islington: Toyah, Fans & Support Acts 09 November, 2011
Photos from last Saturday: 1. Toyah and Damon King; 2. Toyah (yep ;)); 3. Toyah and Asher Meekins; 4. Damon and Joe Black (who supported Toyah); 5. Damon and Andi Fraggs (who also supported Toyah); 6. Damon and Manuel Seuwin. All of these and more have been added to our FSF-A Gallery. (Thanks to Damon and Shaun & Asher Meekins for these great photos)


 
Vintage TV: Toyah Christmas Special 09 November, 2011
Toyah tweeted yesterday that she was filming a 'Vintage TV' Toyah Christmas Special...

"Fun & mayhem filming vintage tv toyah christmas special in john lewis oxford st" and "Currently sitting in a window display at john lewis oxford street filming toyah's vintage xmas".

Ho ho ho, something to add to the Christmas TV viewing list, along with Doctor Who and Absolutely Fabulous :)
 
I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan: Toyah.Org Updated 07 November, 2011
I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan/Toyah.Org has been updated with a great new look and extra content.

On the 'Connections' page there's now a rare audio interview with Toyah: Toyah interview 1987: Shortly after I started running Toyah's fan club I recorded an interview with her. This was not printed in the fan club magazine - it was used as part of my "audio portfolio" for my attempts at getting a job in radio. In it she talks candidly about Cabaret, Three Men on Horse and Desire.

• Visit Toyah.Org
here, the 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan' Facebook, here, and buy the book at 'lulu.com', here.
 
Scotsman: My Life In Style 07 November, 2011
A new interview with Toyah, published in today's 'Scotsman'.

My life in style: Toyah Willcox, singer, songwriter and actor

What’s the last piece of clothing you bought?
A Monsoon Fusion label embroidered and beaded dress.

Best ever bargain?
You will always find me in TK Maxx in every city I visit. No one else sells the clothes that are made for someone as small as me. I find Nicole Farhi denim jackets for £30, Armani day dresses for £40 – all child-size.

• Read the full article at the 'Scotsman' website, here.

 
From Sheep Farming...: Islington: Gallery Update 07 November, 2011
Coming Soon: A bumper update to the, already bulging at the seams, 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' Tour Gallery, with many great new photos from Saturday's final date at the o2 Academy Islington. Photos courtesy of the fanschmabulous Damon King.

 
Monster Munchies on 'Good Food' 07 November, 2011
The new series of Monster Munchies begins tonight on Good Food at 9pm and a new episode airs each night this week. Toyah will be guesting in this series though I'm not sure when her episode airs.

Monster Munchies : Good Food
Monday 7th November : 9.00pm

Balti. Matt Dawson travels the UK enjoying more gobsmacking supersized snacks. In Birmingham, two local teams take on the titanic challenge of supersizing a balti!
 
21st Century Supersister: New Single Released Today 06 November, 2011
Today sees the release of Toyah's new single, '21st Century Supersister'. It is now available to download from iTunes. This is Toyah's 25th UK single release (that total includes the recently released 'Fallen').

The song was recorded especially for inclusion in the film The Power Of Three, in which Toyah also stars. The digital-only single will also be available from Play.com, Amazon MP3, 7digital and other digital vendors either on 6 November or shortly thereafter.

• View more information on the forthcoming premiere screenings of The Power Of Three at Toyah's Official News page,
here.
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Islington 06 November, 2011
Toyah played to a full house last (Bonfire) night at the o2 Academy Islington, London. This was the final of the 23 dates of the 30th anniversary 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' UK Tour.

Last night's set list was: Good Morning Universe, War Boys, Bird in Flight, Echo Beach, Thunder In The Mountains, It's A Mystery, Neon Womb, Race Through Space, Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel in You), Danced, Jungles of Jupiter, I Want To Be Free, We Are, Demolition Men, These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Ieya, Obsolete.

Toyah tweeted last night: "London was magnificent! A triumphant end to a really wonderful tour! Thank u". View Toyah performing 'Jungles of Jupiter' at the o2 Academy
here. (Thanks to Paul Lomas)
 
Official Toyah: November 2011 Blog 06 November, 2011
Toyah’s November 2011 Blog has been added to The Official Toyah website. Click below to read.

 
Official Toyah: The Changeling Resurrection 06 November, 2011
TOYAH ANNOUNCES “THE CHANGELING RESURRECTION” LIVE SHOW FOR 2012

Toyah will perform a handful of special live dates in Spring 2012 which celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Changeling" & "Warrior Rock".

THE CHANGELING, often sited as the beginning of goth, was produced by legendary record producer Steve Lillywhite. Its accompanying tour of 1982 produced the live album WARRIOR ROCK which has been critically acclaimed as one of the best of all live albums because of its powerful sound.

• Read the full news post at Toyah's Official website,
here.
 
Punk Globe: Live! From NYC!.. 06 November, 2011
All these NY Ballrooms that start with "H"... The Highline Ballroom played host to The Humans ,a band fronted by 80's U.K. icon Toyah, and this was, amazingly, her first ever U.S. performance, 30 years after her chart run in the UK and Europe began. The Humans enjoyed a raptureous response, several standing ovations and an encore, and I enjoyed a brief chat with Toyah before the show (I intercepted her on her way to the ladies room), and was thrilled to see that she is bursting with energy and fervor about what she does.

• Read the full mini article at 'Punk Globe'
here. (Thanks to Jimi LaLumia)
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Final Date 05 November, 2011
It's time to say farewell to 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' this Guy Fawkes Day. Toyah plays the final date of the year-long UK tour at the o2 Academy Islington, London this evening and it's sure to be a blistering performance for Bonfire Night.

Visit Dreamscape's FSF-A section here | View our FSF-A gallery here | Visit The Official FSF-A section here | Further info & ticket booking details for all of the FSF-A tour dates available here.

 
From Sheep Farming... Manchester/Leamington: Photos 05 November, 2011
Photos of Toyah's 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' gigs at the Assembly, Leamington Spa (1-9) and Manchester Academy (10-12). These and more have been added to Dreamscape's FSF-A Gallery. (Thanks to Ray Sears (1-5), Angus Turner (6-9) and Stephen & Ian (10-12) for the photos)



 
The Changeling Resurrection 2012 04 November, 2011
Along the shores... and in towns and cities... 'The Changeling' is my favourite album, it's a ruddy masterpiece and probably Toyah's greatest music era... Roll on the Resurrection...

 
Belfast Telegraph: Woman: Toyah Interview 04 November, 2011
A great new interview with Toyah, published today by the 'Belfast Telegraph'.

Why Toyah has now got a new spring in her step

Singer Toyah Willcox literally bounces with energy as she buzzes around her kitchen preparing a cake for the ‘boys' in her band.

Liberal helpings of oats, grapefruit juice and cream cheese are ladled into a bowl while she simultaneously talks non-stop about her punishing touring schedule, learning to walk again, marriage and fame.

“Slow down!?” she says, visibly bristling at the very suggestion that aged 53 she might be considering slackening her pace, and suddenly she beats the cake mixture frighteningly hard.

Willcox explains: “My work is my life and I'm getting an enormous buzz out of playing to young people who hero worship the Eighties era.

“As a result, I often have audiences of around 40,000. It's extraordinary and wonderful and I want to enjoy it as long as my voice holds out.”

• Read the full interview at the 'Belfast Telegraph' website,
here.

 
The Changeling Resurrection 2012 04 November, 2011
The doors blow open... Coming in 2012! (with a date already confirmed in Wolverhampton)

 
Sugar Rush: 'mxdwm.com' Review 04 November, 2011
More human than Human

Comprised of singer Toyah Willcox and bass players Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong, The Humans are a surprising group who combine waves of acid jazz, Massive Attack-like grooves and the occasional burst of ’80s pop and early ’90s industrial. It adds up to a mixed bag of tricks on their second album Sugar Rush, but still one worth a listen.

The album opens with “Titanium Girl” via a disjointed vocal “wah wah” effect before the ethereal voice of Willcox dances above it. Then it is slammed with a driving bassline and deep, guttural guitar pulses. After that, “Love in a Different Way” is a quiet, strummed track with a slightly ’80s feel thanks to the breathy vocals and synth. The same retro feeling is found in “Small Town Psychopath,” which mixes pure jazz club with a overdrawn beginning, as well as in “Sweet Agitation.” It seems with The Humans, the more subdued the song, the more it sounds like it would have been played in a late ’80s film.

• Read the full review at 'mxdwm.com'
here.
 
Company: BRIT Icons... The Countdown Begins! 02 November, 2011
As part of our build-up to the BRIT Awards 2012, we’re counting down our top ten BRIT icons every month - and we’ll also be showing you how to get their amazing beauty looks with Rimmel London.

Every month from now until February, Company Magazine will reveal our top ten finalists, who we believe changed the face of music forever - and accompany this with a page by Rimmel London showing you how to recreate the enviable style of our top ten BRIT icons.

We start the countdown in this month’s October issue with the uber-stylish Victoria Beckham. Her part in the Spice Girls helped change the direction of British pop music forever, and she has now reinvented herself as a credible style icon. Make sure you bag yourself the latest issue of Company magazine every month as we share the secrets to getting our BRIT Icon's stylish beauty looks - and then watch the videos to find out how to get the look. So far we have the uber-stylish Victoria Beckham and we've just uploaded the 'get the loook' video tutorial for the unique and trendsetting Toyah Willcox.

• View the 'Women Who Rock' feature
here | View the 'Get The Look' video here.
 
I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan: Available Now 02 November, 2011
Good news everyone!

'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan' is now available to buy from
lulu.com for £9.99 + p&p.

The book is a "pocket" format paperback - 10.8cm wide × 17.5cm tall. For comparison that is a standard small paperback. Colour front and back covers, black and white printing within (mainly text, some photos). It has 144 pages and is just over 30,000 words long.

To make the most of the P&P you might want to order more than one book at a time - other lulu titles you might be interested in are:

"
Toyah 1980-1981": by Mick Mercer
"
Neon 80s": by Huw Collingbourne

The title isn't yet available on Amazon but will be in a few weeks.

 
Perthshire Advertiser: No Mystery... 01 November, 2011
No mystery behind Toyah’s successful gig in Kinross

Bundle of energy Toyah Willcox showed her true colours at Kinross. The punk-pop legend put in a tremendous turn at the Green Hotel where she played as part of her 30th anniversary From Sheep Farming To Anthem tour.

She took to the stage with a full, four-piece band, plus a backing singer at the trim venue, which boasts an incredible collection of rock and pop memorabilia.

Sporting an original outfit that had been preserved from her ‘Eighties heyday, the star rolled back the years with a performance that was full of vigour and no lack of style.

With an incredible, eye-catching wig atop her bonce, Ms Willcox made for a colourful attraction as she launched into her classic hits Thunder In The Mountains, It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free.

• Read the full article at the 'Perthshire Advertiser' website,
here.
 
The Changeling: 1982 - 2012: 30th Anniversary 01 November, 2011
Wow! What a difference a tweet makes! I must confess... I was, after 12 years, going to retire this website at the end of the year but Toyah's tweet today: "Fantastic things happening for 2012! Its The Changeling's 30th anniversary so guess what's gonna happen!" has sort of "changed" that plan.

 
Apollo Memories: Toyah @ Glasgow Apollo 01 November, 2011
Just last week Toyah mentioned the Glasgow Apollo: "One of the best glasgow gigs since the days of the apollo!". Toyah played the legendary venue, which was demolished in 1987, three times: 'Anthem Tour', 30th May 1981; 'Good Morning Universe Tour', 19th December 1981; 'The Changeling Tour', 8th July 1982. Visit Toyah's page at 'Apollo Memories' here.

 
Rock Generation: 'FSF-A' Southampton Review 01 November, 2011
Toyah: The Brook, Southampton
Review by Ross Ferrone

Toyah Willcox-singer, actress, TV personality. Just for tonight though it will be singer. Southampton’s Brook is playing host tonight as we take a trip down memory lane with the 30th Anniversary Tour, rather aptly named “from sheep farming to Anthem”. Toyah is in fine form and good voice from the off tonight. Earlier she was signing autographs & smiling for camera shots but its the songs we’re here for.

She opens with ‘Good Morning Universe’ to great applause then takes a trip through the back catalogue...

• Read the full review at the 'Rock Generation' website,
here.

 
From Sheep Farming... Manchester: More Photos 01 November, 2011
It's November! More 'FSF-A' Manchester Academy photos. Click on each for larger versions. These have also been added to our gigantic FSF-A Gallery page. The penultimate 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' gig is this coming Thursday at The Assembly, Leamington Spa. Tickets here. (Thanks to Michael O'Brien for the great Toyah photos)



 

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