2002: Toyah's Tartan Trousers @ eBay
|Another piece of
extreeemely rare Toyah memoribilia is
currently up for grabs at eBay auctions.
The listing reads as follows:
Red tartan bondage trousers with
zips worn by Toyah Willcox for publicity
photo shoot in 1994 (see photo). These
are the genuine article from the session
and are as new. Worn only by Toyah, they
are approximately 34inch waist and approx
32inch inside leg (rolled up for
photo's). A couple of Black and white
photographs of Toyah wearing them will
also be thrown into the bargain.
the picture above to view the auction
case anyone is interested, Toyah is
actually spraying "Be Proud, Be
Sexy, (Be Safe)" in the picture
above - Taken by Dean Stockings in 1994.
to Dean Stockings.
2002: Toyah On TV
A Music War : Sky Cinema 1 - Sunday 30th
June : 1.25am
Aunt Boomerang : CBBC - Saturday 6th July
Aunt Boomerang : CBBC - Sunday 7th July :
: BBC 2 - Monday 8th July 10.00am /
A Music War : Sky Cinema 1 - Wednesday
10th July : 10.35pm
Offer : Callenge TV - Twice Daily
2002: The Who's John Entwistle Is Dead
Entwistle, legendary bassist with The
Who, has died of a suspected heart attack
in America. I'm sure all our sympathies
go out to the family and friends of
someone who is synonomous with the
2002: 'Love Is The Law' Online
|In the next week or so the 'Love
Is The Law' CD Petition will close. There
are well over 200 names on there, not
sure if that's good or bad and whether
it's enough to make any difference when a
decision is being made about the
possibility of a CD release.
I will forward the list along
with a begging letter to Safari Records,
and will post any feedback I receive on
this very page. Keep those fingers
2002: 'She Bop' "Reviewed" in
|As well as
mentions in most listings magazines
('Heat' and 'Hot Stars' to name but two)
and newspapers, She Bop, Toyah's
two-part BBC Radio 2 documentary was also
reviewed in Monday's 'Guardian'
The opinion piece, on the first
part of this exploration of the role of
women in rock, isn't overtly flattering
about Toyah or indeed the docu:
Review - She bangs the drums
tell that Jefferson Airplaine singer
Grace Slick is an iconoclast when she
talks about having dated every member of
the band. "If you like
somebody," she said on She Bop
(Radio 2), "that's part of what you
do: you go to the movies, you have sex,
you have dinner." The clue to her
being a live wire is the order she puts
a rare fizz of rebellion in a too-tame
documentary about women and rock. What it
argued - that there have been a lot of
important women over the years, not
always given credit - is hardly novel,
and it could have been made livlier
without the thudding chronological
structure and the inclusion of much
this was helped by Toyah Willcox as
presenter - astonishingly, the show
actually opened with one of her songs - a
graduate of the Janice Long school of
gushing. Where the programme needed to be
feisty and impressive, it was dull
("1974, by which time the situation
was beginning to improve for women in
rock"), and where it tried to be
analytical, it floundered. Debbie Harry
was said to be creating "a cartoon
persona that parodied the old stereotype
of sex symbol". What Willcox didn't
add was that within milliseconds Harry
was a good old-fashioned sex symbol.
left to maverick talents such as Slick to
give She Bop the few rare moments of life
it should have exuded throughout. Rather
sullying the feminist impulse behind the
programme, Slick said that she always had
as much clout with RCA men in suits as
any member of the band. "When women
came up to me and said 'd'ya wanna go
burn a bra?', I thought 'I don't wear a
bra or pants in the first place'. It just
has never ocurred to me that being a
woman is an obstacle."
sentiments might not be enabling to other
women, but they're emphatically more
gripping than Willcox's inconsequential
recollections ("Punk helped me
escape Birmingham. I had pink hair and I
was particularly unattractive") and
Dionne Warwick moaning about how Cilla
Black affected her UK sales. Elisabeth
second part of She Bop is
broadcast on BBC Radio Two this Saturday
at 8.00pm. It can also be listened to
online at BBC2's website.
thanks to Paul Johnson for providing this
2002: 'Calamity Jane' - Whip Crack Away
with that promotion...
finger-snappin', boot-stompin' musical
fun for all the family!"
Yeehah! The Calamity Jane
promotional bandwagon has just roared
into town and is slowly gathering speed.
are taken from the Regent Theatre's
(Stoke On Trent's finest) Autumn/Winter
2002 Season brochure. I'm sure
Toyah/Calamity will be appearing in
similar brochures/leaflets in the next
few months at a theatre near you:)
your eyes peeled.
to Rob Cope for these images.
2002: Toyah News Bits...
The recently reissued 'Sheep Farming In
Barnet'/'The Blue Meaning' Double CD has
been "reviewed" by Q Magazine.
It's a very unprofessional and
unflattering view, by someone who
obviously just doesn't 'get' Toyah atall!
As well as 'The Club'
appearance, Toyah will hopefully be
playing two further live dates (with
band) in July. One of these may be in
Sky Cinema 2 broadcast Urgh! A Music
War last night. Sky Cinema 1 have the
concert film scheduled for Sunday 30th
June @ 1.25am.
Toyah On Telly/Radio - She Bop
(This & following Saturday, BBC Radio
Two), Remotely Funny (Saturday
evening, BBC 1, soon), Under offer
(Twice daily on Challenge TV. These must
be on a loop, surely Toyah didn't record
hundreds of these?), and Beyond
Medicine (Continues on Discovery
2002: Toyah's Ronnie Scott's Gig -
thanks to Toyah fan, Stephen Bennett
of Haywards Heath, for this excellent
overview of Toyah's 'Ronnie Scott's' gig
last Sunday (16th June):
It was great to see Toyah in
such good form at Ronnie Scott's last
new tracks are fantastic and really move
Toyah into the higher league. I
been a fan since '81 and this is the best
musically I've heard
her in a long time. I'd hoped for maybe a
few rarer live tracks (maybe
into "Prostitute" or
"Desire" or some more obsure
album tracks) rather than
for instance, but the crowd seemed to
love the classics and the
to "I Wanna Be Free" was great!
seemed to be really enjoying the evening
as it went on, after what
to be quite a nervous start. She
became more chatty with the
and she and Tim Elsenburg seem to make a
great double act! It
during the night (after some rather loud
demands for "Ieya") that
had forgotten to learn the part!
Tim responded to the requests by
playing "Mother" Toyah thanked
Robert for forgiving her for writing
- and annouced that Robert was in the
audience but only she knew where
in fact was hovering at the back trying
to fade into the background
looked quite embarassed!).
my favourite track (aside from the
"Little Tears of Love" tracks)
Scar Has A Silver Lining", (Toyah
had wanted to call it "Every Shit
a Silver Lining" but this was
refused!) which was the second song of
- she rocked! "Thunder"
was played in a new interpretation with
verses breaking into the chorus and it
gave it a new lease of life.
was played quite subdued but good none
the less (personally I think
heavy metal version played during the
Strange Girls tour early 90's
be revived). "I Want to be
Free" ended the set played at double
the audience got to their feet to join
in, with Toyah passing the mike
the front row to sing along.
think Ronnie Scott's has been shaken up
so much on a Sunday night
it seemed to be a huge success. Toyah
seems to have found her sound, both in
the studio and on stage. I hope the
momentum keeps going and there is really
good promotion when the new album
eventually appears - would be a shame if
the general public never got to hear what
Toyah has to offer in 2002.
done, Toyah keep up the good work!
Scott's Set List:
Good Is Going To Come
Tears Of Love
In The Mountains
Want To Be Free
Thanks also to Alec Kelly and John for
2002: Toyah To Play 'The Club' In Stoke -
PA, at 'The Club' in Stoke On Trent, has
now been confirmed. Toyah will appear on
Friday 26th July, playing to backing
tapes. It is hoped that she will perform
at least one new song from the
"Little Tears Of Love" EP, as
well as her usual '80s classics. Toyah
has made many memorable appearances at
'The Club' over recent years so this is
sure to be a wonderful night.
Click the logo above to visit
'The Club's' website. Available there, is
a map - very helpful for anyone new to
Stoke On Trent:)
2002: Toyah's Ronnie Scott's Gig
haven't heard much about Toyah's 'Ronnie
Scott's' gig last Sunday evening, but
from what I have heard, Toyah was in fine
voice and played a smattering of old
songs (no 'Danced' or 'Ieya' though)
along with some newbies too.
2002: 'V Graham Norton' - Screen Caps
|As previously mentioned, Toyah
guested on V Graham Norton last
Thursday evening (13th June) here in the
introduced her thus: "Toyah Willcox,
actress, TV presenter, but most
importantly the High Priestess Of
Punk". Toyah entered via the stairs,
accompanied by two of Graham's
underdressed "butlers", looking
very pleased to have them on her arm!
Toyah greeted Graham's other
guest, dancer Joquian Cortes, and
exclaimed; "I've just come to meet
you". and then told him; "I had
hits in Spain but you're too young to
then produced a 'Little Tears Of Love' CD
and said; "Joquian, you can go out
and buy Toyah's new EP. When they said
'Toyah's back with music', I thought it
would be some old hits chucked together.
But no!, it's new!"
Toyah replied; "It's very
new. I'm writing from my age point of
view. All my friend's children are
beautiful, children of 24 years old I
mean. I sit round my friend's meal
tables, fancying my best friend's
children! I've written lyrics on the fact
that desire is very strong in women of my
age." Graham told Toyah; "You
do look fantastic. Do you do a lot of
exercise?" Toyah replied; "I do
around two hours a day. I also do facial
exercises in the car, people must think
then gifted a Chin muscle Tonifier to
proceeded to ask her if, when she had red
hair, she "matched her carpets to
her curtains?". The show ended with
Graham matching three male volunteers!
2002: 'Calamity Jane' Update
|Glasgow will, after all, be
included in the mammoth Calamity Jane
tour of the UK.
the man behind the musical, has informed
me that Glasgow will be visited in the
first week of the second run of the tour
in January 2003.
Jane opens at the Derngate Theatre in
Northampton on Monday 9th September. The
tour travels the length and breadth of
the UK between then and May 2003.
2002: Toyah' Unmissable List - London
|Toyah was featured in last
Friday's 'London Evening Standard'. She
chose her current arts faves in their
"The Unmissable List":
The Unmissable List...chosen
by TOYAH WILLCOX
POP : MELTDOWN FESTIVAL/SUEDE
a devoted admirer of David Bowie, but I
think his choice of artists for this
festival is slightly bizarre. It's not
that I dislike any of them; it's just
that I would never have grouped them
together. Nevertheless, I love artists
that you can't predict, and there are
certainly performers here I'd like to see
- Suede most of all. The fact that
they're on the bill acknowledges them as
one of England's top acts, which people
seem to have forgotten.
30 June at Festival Hall. SE2 (020 7960
4242): Suede on 23 June (sold out).
THEATRE : JULIE BURCHILL IS AWAY
appeals to me about this is the idea of
Jackie Clune playing Julie Burchill, when
there's no resemblance between them. In
the play, Jackie hints at Julie's high
voice - which is brave, because these
voices can be irritating in a theatre.
I'm a great fan of Julie's work, and
whether you're stabbed or caressed by her
pen, it's still wonderful to be part of a
legendary writer's mind. Not that i've
been on the receiving end myself; I think
I'm probably too bland for her. (Toyah obviously
didn't read the NME in the early '80s! -
Theatre, W2 (020 7478 0200), until 13
FILM : SPIDER-MAN
love trash movies. Every report I've read
says Spider-Man is superb, and I just
can't wait to lose myself in it. I'm wary
of American films, but when they get
their action right, it's fantastic. And
you can see that the technology is now
right for Spider-Man, following films
like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon. I have such a yearning to
be a female stuntwoman. When I was
working on Quadrophenia, the stuntmen
were of a different type: they simply
expected to be hurt.
(12) is on general release.
MUSICAL : BOMBAY DREAMS
since I saw the film Monsoon Wedding,
I've been intrigued by Bollywood culture.
The fact that Meera Syal has written the
book for this musical gives it a lot of
weight. She's astonishing, capturing
little moments of real experience
brilliantly and being so true to her
background. The presence of such a
musical in the heart of the West End is
wonderful, acknowledging Asian culture as
strong and deserving. I just hope it
isn't westernised. I'd prefer it to be
like Monsoon Wedding, where you felt you
were stepping into India.
preview at Apollo Theatre (0870 4000
650); opens Wednesday 19 June.
ART : LUCIAN FREUD
was at a party in November where there
were several Lucian Freuds on the walls.
It was astonishing to be in the
environment of these pictures in a
domestic contrast, with candles burning
right beside them. I think the pictures
are irreverent; they speak of a kind of
loathing. I study life-drawing and am
intrigued by the way painters deal with
flesh on the bone. Freud handles it
almost as if it's rotting, at times. For
me, paintings tend to have smells. A
Matisse will smell like a good florist's
perfume, whereas a good Lucian Freud will
smell like rotting meat.
Britain, WS2 (030 7887 8008), from 20
Toyah Willcox performs songs from her
new album on Sunday at Ronnie Scott's, 47
Frith Street, W1.
thanks to Michael Cooney for this scan.
2002: Toyah In 'Vogue' Magazine
is featured in this month's 'Vogue'
magazine. There is a photo of her
included in an advertising feature for a
well known perfume.
2002: Toyah On 'V Graham Norton' Tomorrow
|Yesterday's news that Toyah
would be appearing on V Graham Norton
has now been confirmed. Toyah guests on
the chat show tomorrow night. Let's hope
Graham persuades her to perform
"Little Tears Of Love", maybe
with Betty on backing vocals. How utterly
cool would that be?
V Graham Norton : Channel 4 :
Thursday 13th June : 10.35pm
2002: Toyah's June Diary Entry Now Online
|Toyah's Diary entry for June has
now been added to toyahwillcox.com.
The letter is dedicated to
Toyah's godmother, who died recently. As
usual it is a very interesting read, and
among much information Toyah reveals that
her new album should be released in
November (what a top early
Christmas present that will be!), and
also introduces her new band; Al
(Alastair Hamer - drums), Tim (Tim
Elsenburg - guitars) and, the uniquely
nicknamed, Bish (Anthony Bishop - bass)!
Toyah and her three piece band will play
at Ronnie Scott's this Sunday and other
selected venues in July.
out all the news by clicking the tw.com
like to dedicate this website to my mum,
who died five years ago tomorrow©
2002: Toyah On 'V Graham Norton' *to be
|It looks highly
likely that Toyah will soon be a guest on
V Graham Norton, channel 4's five
nights a week, late night chat show. She
is scheduled to appear in the very near
future on the cheeky Irish chappie's
2002: Toyah 'She Bop's' On Radio Two
will present the two part documentary She
Bop on BBC Radio Two, on the last two
Saturday's of June.
Willcox begins a two part exploration of
the role of women in rock. The radio
series includes contributions from such
females stars as Suzi Quatro, Grace
Slick, Debbie Harry and Mary Wilson.
: BBC Radio Two
22nd June : 8.00 - 9.00pm
29th June : 8.00 - 9.00pm
Toyah fans will be able to listen to the
docu via the BBC 2 website.
2002: 'Here & Now' - Isle Of Man Gig
appeared, as billed, in front of a 4,000
all standing audience at 'The Bowl' in
Douglas, Isle Of Man, as part of the
final "Here And Now 2002" Tour.
Robert was in attendance too, and Toyah
was spotted quite happily dancing around
to all the other acts in the line up at
the side of the stage. She wore the same
costume as for the rest of the tour.
Many thanks to Colin
Dew-Parry for this update.
2002: 'Urgh! A Music War' & Other
Toyah TV Info
|Sky Cinema 2 are
showing Urgh! A Music War on
Friday 21st June at 9pm.
Toyah performs an awesome live
version of 'Danced' in this various
artists concert movie from 1980. Also
appearing are The Cramps, The Police, The
Gogo's, Gary Numan, Echo And The
Bunnymen, The Dead Kennedys, Klaus Nomi,
OMD and many, many more.
Music War : Sky Cinema 2 - Fri 21st June
Offer : Challenge TV - Twice daily (early
morning & afternoons).
Medicine : Discovery Health - Various
days & times
|June 9, 2002:
Toyah At Ronnie Scott's Website
|Further information, and ticket
details, about Toyah's gig at Ronnie
Scott's in London on Sunday June 16th are
available in the News section at
There is also a
small article, with quotes from Toyah
herself, at Ronnie Scott's website. Click
on the picture.
Diary entry for June will also be online
at toyahwillcox.com soon. Catch up on
Toyah's news, views and thoughts on what
is fast becoming one of the busiest and
most exciting years of her career.
|June 7, 2002:
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces
|Fresh from being hailed as 'The
New Kylie' (sort of) by certain sections
of the UK press, it now can be revealed
that Toyah has previously
"inspired" Kylie Minogue (sort
The book 'Kylie
Naked' mentions Toyah in a paragraph
detailing Kylie's decision to appear as
Miranda in The Tempest. Ah but did
Ms. Minogue receive a nomination from the
Evening Standard for her performance we
to Michael O'Brien for the info:)
Funny, the show Toyah mentioned she
was filming a few months ago, begins
tomorrow evening (6.55pm) on BBC1 in the
Holmes introduces a comedy game show in
which contestants control celebrities for
the day and will ask them to attempt
thirty hidden-camera challenges - no
matter how embarrassing - in an effort to
win sums of money."
appearance isn't expected for at least a
couple of weeks.
|June 7, 2002:
Where Does Dreamscape Come From?
|At last! I have finally managed
to sum up the effort to show you all
where I throw together and update this
Dreamscape Headquarters *cough, cough*,
aka my bedroom. I am sometimes chained to
this corner for what feels like days
adding irrelevant bits of Toyah info that
nobody wants to know about anyway:)
never looks this tidy, believe me!
on the computer, the one that cannot lie.
Tape every brain cell, every scene and
every sigh!", "Computer",
available on the newly reissued CD
"Sheep Farming In Barnet".
|June 5, 2002:
Toyah's VH1 Bio Webpage
|VH1 have a Toyah
page at the "Artists" section
of their website. This includes a bio,
but interestingly they don't mention the
fact that Toyah was a VH1 presenter for
the best part of three years! Please
click the pic to go there.
|June 4, 2002:
'(Take The) Leap!' - Rare Items Up For
Grabs @ Ebay
|Some extremely rare Toyah
related memoribilia is currently listed
at eBay auctions.
sheet containing details for inner sleeve
of 'LEAP' in Toyah's handwriting, with
lots of scribblings and last minute
changes. Plus - Original black &
white contact sheet of 'LEAP' covers -
includes different versions, one with
moon in sky and reflection in water, some
of scene without band in water and one
with a different picture of Toyah and the
band in water. Plus - Colour lazer copy
of the 'rough' version of sleeve for
'LEAP'. This is the version that Toyah
originally saw and said yes to the
design, though the colours are different
to the version which was finally used.
Plus - Inkjet copy of the original track
listing (different order to the final
one, including "Name Of Love"
listed as "Now You'll Never
Know"). Each song title has a small
symbol drawn by Toyah.
the picture above to view the auction
to Dean Stockings.
|June 2, 2002:
'Cabaret' CD - Reissued With New Artwork
|Toyah's 1997 CD
'Cabaret' has been reissued with new
artwork and a slightly different title.
The CD, also featuring Nigel
Planer, was originally subtitled 'Music
& Songs From...' but is now part of
the 'Songs & Music From The Legendary
Shows...' series. It has the catalogue
album has the same tracklist as the
original release and is currently
available at HMV.
again to Michael O'Brien for the info.
|June 2, 2002:
Toyah To Play 'The Club' In Stoke
just been announced that Toyah is to play
at 'The Club' in Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent
sometime in the near future. Toyah has
made many memorable appearances at 'The
Club' including last June's fantastic PA
to celebrate club owner Ruby's 30th
to be posted at toyahwillcox.com when
they are finalised.
|June 2, 2002:
'Here & Now' In Isle Of Man Today
is in the Isle Of Man today for the final
(and extra) "Here And Now"
concert. She joins ABC, Belinda Carlisle,
Curiosity Killed The Cat, China Crisis
and Carole Decker of T'Pau at The Bowl
for the gig.
|June 1, 2002:
Toyah On VH1'S '100 Greatest Men'
appeared on cable/satellite music channel
VH1's 100 Greatest Men this
afternoon. No, the channel she used to VJ
for isn't confused about gender, Toyah
was commenting on the man who came in @
number 58 on their list, Peter Gabriel.
Thanks to Michael O'Brien for