Posts Tagged ‘David Bowie’

You Magazine: Where Were You When

July 16th, 2019

Where Were You When: Ziggy Stardust made his TV debut

David Bowie’s performance of ‘Starman’ was out of this world, recalls singer Toyah Willcox.

I was born in Birmingham in 1958. My life was quite conventional by today’s standards: I went to an all-girls school, ate with my family twice a day at a dining table and wasn’t allowed to speak unless spoken to. Men led the households and were affectionately known as ‘blokes’.

Then the singer Marc Bolan came along with T Rex in 1970, strutting his stuff to ‘Ride a White Swan’. He was clearly in touch with his feminine side but was very palatable to look at. While my brother scoffed at Bolan’s satin trousers, I sneaked off from school to see him on stage – and fell in love with rock ’n’ roll.

My adolescence was completely normal until an afternoon in June 1972, when I was 14. After coming back from school, I turned on the TV to see who was singing on Lift Off With Ayshea, a music show on ITV. I was expecting Slade, Bolan, Dana, maybe Val Doonican – but instead, there was David Bowie singing ‘Starman’, in his television debut as Ziggy Stardust. It derailed me completely.

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Ultimate Classic Rock: Robert Fripp Recalls

April 18th, 2019

ucr19aRobert Fripp Recalls ‘Missed Opportunity’ With David Bowie

King Crimson leader Robert Fripp recalled the “missed opportunity” of working with David Bowie in 2002, and said his wife, singer Toyah Willcox, had never forgiven him for the incident.

Fripp appeared on Bowie’s celebrated albums Heroes and Scary Monsters during a period in which he had also worked with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno and others. In 2002, Bowie curated the Meltdown festival in London, England, and invited Fripp to take part.

“[There] wasn’t enough time to do it properly, so I declined,” Fripp told Rolling Stone in a new interview. “My wife has never forgiven me. My wife is a very considerable Bowie fan. That’s an opportunity missed, but I don’t feel I could honorably have engaged with it.”

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 17

December 17th, 2018

Cchristmas2018dhristmas 2012, Toyah guested on Steve Lamacq’s Rock College on BBC Radio 2 discussing how absolutely life-changing first discovering David Bowie was for her when growing up in Birmingham in the early 1970s.

Toyah talks about the legendary album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and of first glimpsing, and hearing, Bowie performing Starman on the music programme Lift Off With Ayshea.

This was, and is, such a great little gem of audio it seemed a real shame to just let it disappear after its week on iPlayer back in 2012… so here it is! Click below to listen.

Toyah Performs David Bowie’s ‘Suffragette City’ @ Wickham

August 8th, 2016

Toyah and The SAS Band perform a great version of David Bowie’s Suffragette City on Saturday at Wickham Festival. The first time Toyah has sang a Bowie song onstage! (Thanks to Colin Noller)

David Bowie: 1947 – 2016

January 11th, 2016

Read Toyah’s tribute to the incredible David Bowie, who died peacefully yesterday, aged 69.


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Hot Press: Tributes To Bassist Trevor Bolder

May 23rd, 2013

Trevor Bolder, best known for being David Bowie’s bassist during the legendary Ziggy Stardust era, died on Tuesday.

“Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man”, Bowie wrote on his official website.

Toyah, a huge David Bowie and Ziggy fan, also paid tribute to Trevor, via Twitter, yesterday. The tribute, along with others from Bowie, Pete Wylie, Gary Kemp and more was included in a Hot Press news report yesterday.

• Visit the Hot Press website to read all the tributes to Trevor.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

May 22nd, 2013

Daily Mail: David Bowie’s biggest fans reveal all: Five unique people, five remarkable encounters with Ziggy Stardust are revealed for the first time in a new TV film: Robert Fripp 1977. (Click below to view a larger scan – Thanks to Lärwi)

Dangerous Minds: Cute Couple Alert: Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox on ‘All Star Mr & Mrs’: They’d only just met a second time in 1985, but within a week, Robert Fripp asked singer/actress Toyah Willcox to marry him. They did so on Robert’s 40th birthday in 1986, when the pint-sized “force of nature,” to hear him describe his wife, was 28. That they are still very happily wed decades later…

BBC Radio Bristol: Read a full transcript of Toyah’s recent interview on Laura Rawlings’ show at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.

Song Of The Day (Facebook): Happy birthday to singer Toyah Willcox (The Humans, Toyah, Sunday All Over the World), born today in 1958, in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England.

Leamington Courier: Toyah returns to tackle the mayhem of housewife life on Leamington stage: After a successful year of causing mayhem and mania at theatres across the UK, the Hormonal Housewives are back and stopping in Leamington this weekend.

Lancashire Evening Post: Blame it on the hormones: Popstar turned TV presenter and actress Toyah Willcox is coming to Lancaster with smash hit girlie show, Hormonal Housewives. Plus a round up of the region’s theatre shows, performances and events.

Learn to Paint with Dermot Cavanagh, Teaching Toyah Willcox at Glen Carr Lake, Sligo: Just re-uploaded to ‘You Tube’, this originally aired on BBC2 in September 2001 as Awash With Colour. It features incredible scenery.

V&A: David Bowie Is

April 26th, 2013

The artist Toyah continually cites as her greatest influence, including in a radio interview which aired just yesterday, David Bowie is the subject of an amazing exhibition, David Bowie Is, currently running at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Steve Lamacq’s Rock College: Toyah on Bowie

December 1st, 2012

Toyah talked passionately about David Bowie, and the Ziggy Stardust album, on Steve Lamacq’s Rock College on BBC Radio 2 last week. It’s such a great piece of audio it seems a shame to just let it disappear after its week on iPlayer… so here it is! (click below)

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Steve Lamacq’s Rock College: Toyah Talks Bowie

November 23rd, 2012

Steve Lamacq’s Rock College is now available to listen to online at BBC iPlayer. It will remain there until 11pm next Thursday.

You don’t need books, there’s no detention and the common room record player works. Lammo opens the doors to his rock college, joined by Bernard Sumner, Toyah and Gideon Coe.

Toyah was Guest Lecturer: She talked about the moment that changed her life forever: First seeing, and hearing, David Bowie, specifically the album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.

Toyah talks passionately about Bowie and the influence his music and imagery had on her life and career, as well as many other people over the years. She appears at approximately 44 minutes into the show.

Toyah News Briefs

June 23rd, 2012

• Toyah talked David Bowie in The Stardust Memories on ‘BBC Radio 4’ this morning. The radio documentary marked the 40th anniversary of the release of the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ album. Toyah tweeted about it: “Turned BBC Radio 4 on whilst travelling & I was on talking Bowie! Can’t remember recording it!”. Unfortunately this isn’t available at ‘BBC iPlayer’ but view more info on it here.

• ‘BBC Radio 2 – Now Playing’: Toyah – I Want to Be Free – Tweeted by “now playing” earlier this afternoon!

The Changeling by Melissa Mailer-Yates: “First batch of Toyah prints arrived yesterday, simply awesome tone matching and detail, fabulous 290gsm paper, great work by Ginger in Warwick, they’re on their way people x“.

Jelly: ‘Get Out Of Jail’ at You Tube, ‘Say Hello’ at You Tube.

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Vitiworks: David Bowie… & Toyah!

April 4th, 2012

One of Toyah’s quotes on him is used in yesterday’s post about David Bowie at the ‘Vitiworks’ blog.

“Bowie set a standard. Within weeks every boy under the age of twenty had that haircut.” – Toyah Willcox

• View more of Toyah’s thoughts on Bowie, his influence on her and her memories of ‘The Jean Genie’, from last month’s My Vintage, on ‘Vintage TV’, here.

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