|STILL LOUD, STILL PROUD!
life seems to be pretty varied and busy at the
moment, so when we grabbed her on a rare day off
recently, it was a chance to find out just what
she'd been up to.
"I've just finished doing a number of TV
appearances with the band, which is something you
always do at this time of the year, and I've been
working on promoting a new live album for the
last couple of months."
are the main differences between a live album and
a studio one?
"The live one's much quicker - we recorded
two of the Hammersmith concerts. If there's any
drastic mistakes you can re-do them, but that
doesn't happen very often. I hate listening to
it, it sounds so bad, but that's just me being
over-critical. It's certainly diferent - it's
unpolished, but it's got raw energy.
"You go onstage thinking, 'I'm going to sing
better, concentrate on that rather than moving
around, but that just doesn't happen. It made me
a bit nervous and frightened of making mistakes -
after all, it's going to be representing your
abilities as a live performer - but then you
forget about it and get involved with the
audience. They didn't know, of course, I didn't
want them to feel they were being used."
1982 saw the year that Toyah and the band first
visited America and she says that she returned
here with mixed feelings.
'Unknown' (1982) |
Read the full interview here.
(Thanks to Stephen Bennett)
Toyah is petty,
pretentious, petulant and bitchy. She is
self-important, impatient and impossible - a
spoilt brat who has never grown up from a
That, no doubt, is how most detractors see Toyah,
and it's maybe even how I wanted to picture her
myself... but I have to admit she's not in the
least impossible, other than being impossible to
In the flesh, she's more petite than her
gargantuan, Amazonian stage appearances would
suggest, and her red hair still shows the orange
streaks from a previous style as she continually
flicks back her fringe and giggles.
Toyah is very attractive, even without the
geometric designs of make-up which grace
unnumerable record sleeves and posters, and when
she screws her face up in laughter, she looks
like an adorable pixie.
How could I do anything other than fall in love
Do you want to talk about your new record or
"Ooh-er, it doesn't bother me, I can talk
about the new album for ages! Right, it's called
'The Changeling' and the reason it's called that
is because I've changed and the band's changed,
and at the same time I like the original meaning
of the word where an elfin community snatches a
humanoid and puts one of their people in his
'Noise' (June 1982) |
Read the full interview here
(Thanks to Sean)
selfish, stubborn and jealous..."
That's the real
Toyah, according to Toyah. Dave Rimmer watches
her at work. Mark Rusher takes the pictures.
Along the driveway of
Reading's Radio 210, small groups of
Toyah fans cluster in anticipation.
At 3.00 they'd heard deejay Keith Butler say he'd
be interviewing Toyah later in his show, and
promptly came charging down armed with cameras
and autograph books. There's about 30 of them. In
Liverpool a couple of days earlier there'd been
At 6.15, Toyah's car comes screaming up to the
building. She's late, having got lost on the way,
and pauses only to say "thank-you" to
someone who hands her a bunch of flowers before
In the studio, she talks about her sleeve
designs, is provided with the obligatory plug for
her new single, album and forthcoming tour, and
deftly fields questions from listeners about her
make-up, her costumes, her worst stage
experience, and keeping fit. At one point, while
Keith Butler plays "Brave New World",
she chats on the phone with her record company
about the album design.
Interview over, and it's back out the front to
sign autographs. She takes this very seriously,
scribbling her name on anything that's thrust in
front of her until everyone's satisfied.
'Smash Hits' (May
1982) | Read the full interview here.