Who were your music
influences when you were growing up?
STEVIE: Weaned on
a diet of rock'n'roll, soul, Tamla and
your first memory of Toyah? Do you remember the
first time you met her and the first gig you
played together as a band?
walked into the rehearsal room and traded
insults...quality haha... There were so many gigs
at that time but I'm guessing we played the usual
circuit for about 10 gigs before going into
record Sheep Farming.
has talked previously about some of the wild gigs
from the early tours. Skinheads, stage invasions
etc. What do you remember of that time?
STEVIE: It was as
wild as Toyah says... I do remember though that
we used to call our tours The good beer guide
tours. If say we were in Nottingham going to
Leeds, we would consult the Good Beer Guide, find
a pub that we would be near around lunchtime and
go there for Real Ale, a sandwich and a game of
darts, then have a kip in the car, get to the gig
and raid the crews beer rider... Happy days.
are your favourite songs from the albums you
Sheep Farming, Danced... always fun to play. Neon
Womb, but a real fave was Our Movie... From Blue
Meaning, the title track, Visions, Insects and of
course the awesome IEYA.
is a legendary moment in Toyah history. Did you
enjoy being a part of that?
STEVIE: It was
good to see how all the behind the scenes stuff
worked and I tried to be around all the aspects
of filming, editing etc.. Also built a good
friendship with Gary Holton... Lovely man.
you remember much about the filming of the ATV
The cameras were around for quite a while, but
the whole crew, particulary the main cameraman
John Varnish, made everyone at ease so it was
like a family thing in the end.
you aware of the album Safari released in 1985,
'Mayhem'. Made up of demos and rare recordings?
that one but I think I only played on Danced, the
years later, how do you feel about, the
STEVIE: IEYA was
the only song we had written and arranged before
going into Parkgate Studios because the rest of
the album was written in the studio... When we
came to record IEYA we were well into a
routine... breakfast and then Gem went into town
and filled up the car with booze, then we would
start the tape rolling... I had been partying
hard and the call came out... Tape rolling... I'm
glad we got it in one take because the half
bottle of Bells I'd enjoyed took its toll and I
crashed out behind the kit... But that was the
take... It has an amazing vibe to it.
you follow Toyah's career atall after you left
the band? If so, what did you think of the huge
"pop" success in 1981/82?
STEVIE: I did...
even went to the Rainbow gig to say hi and used
to go see Toyah when she lived in Finchley... The
girl can cook believe me... Always knew she would
you still in touch with Charlie, Joel, Pete?
STEVIE: ... Only
Charlie... but lately Steve James... Keith Hale
and Gem Howard.
been a long time but the original Toyah band are
still held in high regard. Would you ever
consider a one-off reunion gig?
would be fun... but maybe a bit explosive...
you ever look back on those years. How do you
feel about that time now?
STEVIE: It was a
really good time in my life but I have no
question time: I know you are British and white
but did anyone ever confuse you with Madonna's
drummer in the 80s, also called Steve Bray?
STEVIE: I was...
and was hoping his royalties would accidently be
paid into my account haha!
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