Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

May 23rd, 2019

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s: Friday 24th May: 9am
Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown!

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Happy Birthday Toyah

May 18th, 2019

Many Happy Returns to the Crimson Queen…

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Happy Anniversary & Happy Birthday

May 16th, 2019

Happy Anniversary to Robert and Toyah. It’s 33 years since they married, and also since their first collaboration, The Lady Or The Tiger, was released. Best Wishes from Dreamscape. See Toyah’s anniversary and birthday tweets by clicking below.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

May 15th, 2019

There’s another chance to see Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30 today on the NOW 80s music channel. Toyah’s pop countdown show airs for 2hrs 35mins.

NOW 80s television schedules appear to be quite fluid, so its best to check your TV guides for up-to-date info on when Toyah’s show is airing.

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s:
Wednesday 15th May: 6pm
Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown!

NOW 80s is a British music television channel, focusing exclusively on playing music from the 1980s. The channel launched in its current form on 27 December 2016, initially as a temporary pop-up rebrand of NOW Music, previously a contemporary pop channel; the 80s format was subsequently made permanent.

• Watch NOW 80s on Sky (Ch 371), Virgin Media (Ch 346), Freeview (Ch 83).

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Eastleigh News: Toyah Willcox Celebrates 40 Years in Show Business

May 13th, 2019

One of Britain’s most iconic household names, singer Toyah Willcox, celebrates 40 years in show business with a show at the Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 26 May.

The original punk princess, this charismatic and outspoken performer’s show is a retrospective look over a career spanning four decades that saw her amass 13 Top 40 singles, and record 24 albums.

The vibrant production, which features a full electric band, will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of her first single and studio album, and celebrate her hits, album classics and fan favourites.

… Toyah Willcox will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 26 May, at 7.30pm.

• Continue reading at Eastleigh News. See further info on this gig at toyahwillcox.com.

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Official Toyah: May 2019 Blog

May 13th, 2019

Toyah’s newly published blog – for May 2019 – is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Click below to go there…

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Scala Radio: Catch-Up – Listen to Highly Rated

May 11th, 2019

Yesterday’s Highly Rated – Classical Music for Modern Life – which aired on Scala Radio is now available to listen to on Catch-Up at the station’s website.

Toyah guested on the 60-minute show presented by Penny Smith. Listen here.

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Toyah on the Radio: Highly Rated on Scala Radio

May 10th, 2019

Toyah guests on Penny Smith’s Highly Rated show on Radio Scala, airing at 7pm this evening.

Highly Rated: Scala Radio: Friday 10th May: 7pm
Join Penny Smith every Friday from 7-8pm for Highly Rated, Scala Radio’s roundtable show, in which guests select their cultural recommendations for the week ahead.

On tonight’s Highly Rated Penny Smith is joined by TV critic Emma Bullimore & pop icon Toyah.

Listen from 7pm to hear their cultural highlights alongside some great pieces which include a track from next week’s Album Of The Week by The Sixteen!

• Scala Radio is available on DAB digital radio, app, online and smart speaker, and is also now on Sky TV, channel 0216 – Full details of how to listen are availabe here. (Photo © Scala Radio)

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Toyah Live 2019: Acoustic @ St John’s Church, Farncombe

May 10th, 2019

Toyah plays an Acoustic, Up Close & Personal date this evening at St. John’s Church in Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey. See her tweet about the gig by clicking below.

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Music Tales: Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox

May 9th, 2019

Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: the prog family who proclaimed Sunday All Over the World

One of the brightest collaborations of the late 1980s arose after the wedding of postpunk singer Toyah Willcox and guitar virtuoso Robert Fripp who is by many considered to be the father of the prog rock genre. Formed in 1988 under the name Fripp/fripp, the couple’s band also recruited guitarist Trey Gunn and drummer Paul Beavis.

Having later changed its name to Sunday All Over The World, the band toured extensively in Europe to the delight of a prog audience but their recording career started and ended with one album—Kneeling At The Shrine—released in 1991. Unfortunately, it does not include all compositions performed at their concerts.

• Continue reading at Music Tales.

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Chester Chronicle: Get Ready To Rock

May 9th, 2019

Get ready to rock to the sounds of the Eighties

Marion McMullen turns back the clock with some of the stars of the 1980s who are coming out to play at the Let’s Rock retro festival dates across the country

What is your strongest memory of the 1980s?
I sing my hits at least two to four times a week these days – the 80s are alive and kicking. But if I was to look back for a strong memory, it would be how large the clothes were. Everything was big and baggy.

What was your favourite gig?
Drury Lane Theatre, Christmas Eve, 1981. Headline artist for BBC TV’s The Old Grey Whistle Test – there were 12 million viewers tuned in. I was slightly nervous!

Did you ever have a starstruck moment?
(David) Bowie, always Bowie. He took my breath away. I have run away from him twice because I was speechless.

Did you embrace 1980s fashion?
I was very individualistic so I like to think 80s fashion embraced me. All my clothes were one-off designer made. I liked the big shoulders ’til I realised how out of proportion they were.

• See a larger version of the feature here. (Thanks to Colin Dew-Parry)

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Dreamscape News Archive: January – April 2019

May 8th, 2019

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for the first four, sensationally busy, months of 2019 have now been archived. Tons of interviews, press clips, live gig info, radio appearances, television listings and much more, including comprehensive coverage of the new release of Toyah’s album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen and related news… Click below to visit our News Archive, where you can also explore almost 20 years of news… news… news!

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Dundee Evening Telegraph: Four Gigs in Four Days

May 8th, 2019

The Dundee Evening Telegraph‘s interview with Sharon has also now been published online. Click below to see it! (Photo © Dundee Evening Telegraph)

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Dundee Telegraph: No Mystery Who Is Toyah’s Biggest Fan

May 7th, 2019

My faberoonie pal Sharon was interviewed in yesterday’s Dundee Evening Telegraph, in a feature about being a lifelong fan of Toyah and following the recent Thunder In The Highlands Tour on all of its Scottish dates.

Sharon is one of the most generous and gorgeous people I’m privileged to know. Incredibly modest, fiercely loyal to Toyah and hugely supportive of her career. A real credit to Toyah fandom!

It’s No Mystery: Dundee lookalike is Toyah’s Biggest Fan

A woman travelled more than 500 miles to see ’80s pop star Toyah Willcox in four different venues in as many days – and proved it’s no mystery why she’s her number one fan.

Sharon Dickson has followed the punk rocker around the UK seeing her perform more than 40 times.

Toyah, whose hits include It’s A Mystery and Thunder In The Mountains, performed four shows across Scotland last week to celebrate her 40 years in the music industry.

Sharon, 48, said she has beein going to her shows for almost as long.

She said, “I have been planning to go to all four gigs since last November, I got all my holidays booked and got my accomodation sorted – it was a great buzz to be able to go to all of the gigs”.

• Continue reading the interview by clicking here or below.

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Ghost Stories

May 7th, 2019

Celebrity Ghost Stories: Lifetime: Saturday 18th May: 9pm
Series 1, Episode 6. Sue Cook reveals creepy encounters with a malevolent nutcracker and a UFO, Toyah Willcox speaks of a spooky apparation, and Alex Fearns discusses sinister sounds he caught on tape.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

May 6th, 2019

There’s another chance to catch Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30. It airs again this Wednesday, at 12pm, on NOW 80s

Here’s the show’s full playlist: 30. Love and Pride – King, 29. Fade To Grey – Visage, 28. Bad Boys – Wham!, 27. The Slightest Touch – Five Star, 26. Synchronicity II – The Police, 25. You Think You’re A Man – Divine, 24. I Found Someone – Cher, 23. The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) – The Jam, 22. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama, 21. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? – Shakin’ Stevens, 20. Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox, 19. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead Or Alive, 18. Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones, 17. Lucky Star – Madonna, 16. Just Say No – Grange Hill Cast, 15. London Town – Bucks Fizz, 14. The Look Of Love – ABC, 13. More Than This – Roxy Music, 12. Open Your Heart – The Human League, 11. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode, 10. Blue Jean – David Bowie, 9. Ant Rap – Adam & The Ants, 8. Starting Together – Su Pollard, 7. The War Song – Culture Club, 6. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) – A Flock Of Seagulls, 5. Thunder In The Mountains – Toyah, 4. Too Shy – Kajagoogoo, 3. The Wild Boys – Duran Duran, 2. Wired For Sound – Cliff Richard, 1. I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You) – Grace Jones. Bonus Track: Sensational – Toyah

Well, I’ve been taking an affectionate look at fellow pop stars and their styles so I had to balance things out with that. My hair, make-up and outfit on Thunder In The Mountains was pretty crazy. But I loved it!

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Dreamscape’s Toyah Fanzine @ Instagram

May 6th, 2019

Some of you have asked why there isn’t much online about the fanzine. I’ve always felt that as it’s in print it was a good idea to keep it as separate from the digital world as possible – until now! Hoping to possibly build some sort of archive at Instagram… if anyone is interested!

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The Guardian: Richard Madden Interview

May 6th, 2019

A great retro Barmy Aunt Boomerang photo of Toyah and Richard Madden was included in The Guardian‘s interview with Richard, published on Saturday.

The lengthy feature also references Toyah and Barmy Aunt Boomerang:

Madden has had a taste of this all-consuming busyness before: with Game Of Thrones, in his early 20s, and even before then, when he was cast, aged 12, in a BBC One series called Barmy Aunt Boomerang. So, he says, he knows enough for the shift in status not to go to his head

… Then he got the lead part in Barmy Aunt Boomerang (Toyah Willcox played the eponymous aunt), so he didn’t really go to school much between the ages of 11 and 13, and when he went back, he struggled.

• Continue reading at The Guardian. (Photo © BBC) NB: Toyah and Barmy Aunt Boomerang were previously included in a BBC feature on Richard Madden earlier this year.

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Celebrity Radio: Interview Transcript

May 6th, 2019

A full transcript of Toyah’s recent Celebrity Radio interview is now available to read online at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.

Well, I trained in opera from about the age of 14 right through to 18. German opera. I keep catching myself talking German although my German isn’t great. But that really helped me. And if anything it’s hard to get it out of the voice because when I have to do the big notes at the end of songs that’s when I kick the opera in.

I have a real ambition to be in an opera one day and I never say never and I don’t think doors close. I think one day it might happen. But if I did go into an opera it would have to be really modern and really extreme. Because I am a rock singer.

• Continue reading at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. Watch the interview here.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

May 4th, 2019

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30 – a 150-minute video pop fest – Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown! – is repeated this morning on NOW 80s, beginning at 9am…

Now 80s: Look out for other Toyah music on this great channel. I’ve spotted the videos for Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and, even, Sensational (which isn’t an 80s track) being played during various shows recently…

Live 2019: Toyah played Harpenden Public Hall last night. “Ready to Bank Holiday Rock” – See Toyah’s tweet…

Thunder In The Highlands @ The Church, Dundee: Watch 15 videos from last weekend’s tour – Courtesy of the Toyah Fan Videos You Tube channel…

Thunder In The Highlands: Songs played on the four-date tour: Dance In The Hurricane, Who Let The Beast Out, Good Morning Universe, We Are, Neon Womb, All In A Rage, Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard), Telepathic Lover, Angel and Me, Thunder In The Mountains, Rebel Run, It’s A Mystery, Sensational, Come, Brave New World, Echo Beach, 21st Century Supersister, Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You), Danced, I Want To Be Free, Ieya…

Mumble Music: The Divine Toyah: The Thunder In The Highlands Tour, Edinburgh Liquid Room 25.04.19 – A fan opinion piece plus review of Toyah’s Edinburgh gig – Continue reading…

Official Charts: In The Court Of the Crimson Queen spends its third week in the Official UK Charts Rock & Metal Albums Top 30.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

May 1st, 2019

Toyah presents a new pop rundown show on the NOW 80s music channel this evening and also repeated this weekend. Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30 airs for 2hrs 30mins.

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s:
Wednesday 1st May: 6pm / Saturday 4th May: 9am

Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown!

NOW 80s is a British music television channel, focusing exclusively on playing music from the 1980s. The channel launched in its current form on 27 December 2016, initially as a temporary pop-up rebrand of NOW Music, previously a contemporary pop channel; the 80s format was subsequently made permanent.

Watch NOW 80s on Sky (Ch 371), Virgin Media (Ch 346), Freeview (Ch 83).

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