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Toyah on the Radio: Sounds Of The 80s

June 3rd, 2019

Sounds Of The 80s with Gary Davies: BBC Radio 2: Wednesday 5th June: 3am
Rhythm Is Gonna Get You. Toyah Willcox guests on My 80s, whilst there’s a Gloria Estefan Mastermix!

Toyah on the Radio: BBCR2 Sounds Of The 80s TONIGHT!

May 31st, 2019

Sounds Of The 80s with Gary Davies: BBC Radio 2: Friday 31st May: 10pm
Rhythm Is Gonna Get You. Toyah Willcox guests on My 80s, whilst there’s a Gloria Estefan Mastermix!

• Listen online or at BBC sounds post airing – Here are some screenshots from Toyah’s last guest appearance on Sounds Of The 80s, back in 2015 when the show was presented by Sara Cox and also aired, visually, on BBC Red Button!

Toyah on the Radio: BBCR2 Sounds Of The 80s

September 13th, 2016

bbcr2sote16aSounds Of The 80s: BBC Radio 2:
Friday 16th Sep: 10pm/
Wed 21st Sep: 3am
Sara plays the hits of the 80s and Toyah chooses one of her 80s b-sides. Plus we take a look at the top five singles from this week in 1987.

• Visit the BBC Radio 2/Sounds Of The 80s website.

Toyah/Sounds Of The 80s at BBC Music

June 25th, 2015

Toyah’s recent Sounds Of The 80s special is currently featured at BBC Music.


Sounds Of The 80s: Screen Caps/BBC iPlayer

June 21st, 2015

A selection of screen caps from last night’s Sounds Of The 80s, which aired on BBC Radio Two and, visually, on the BBC Red Button, with Toyah guesting. Toyah chatted about her music career and imagery and there was a short montage (Brave New World, Echo Beach, Soul Passing Through Soul, It’s A Mystery from Top Of The Pops) and a full play of the I Want To Be Free video, with Toyah recalling how good it was to make. The programme is now available at BBC iPlayer. Click below to view larger versions of the screen caps.


Radio: Sounds Of The 80s on BBCR2 Tonight!

June 20th, 2015

Toyah guests on BBC Radio Two’s Sounds Of The 80s tonight. A specially filmed segment will also be available on BBC Red Button (as well as BBC Interactive 601 on Freeview) at 10.30pm – see here for repeat air days/times – Toyah talks about her career in the 80s and the Anthem album. Sounds Of The 80s will be online, for the next month, at BBC iPlayer post-airing tonight.


An interesting extra piece of info about tonight’s Red Button feature – The Toyah video clips being used have been given a new audio track, greatly improving the sound quality. This painstaking process was carried out by longtime Toyah fan David Anning.

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Toyah on BBC Red Button: Sounds Of The 80s

June 12th, 2015

bbcsote15aAs well as guesting on the radio show – on Saturday 20th June – Toyah has also recorded a filmed portion for BBC Radio 2’s Sounds Of The Eighties, with Sara Cox. (Photo © BBC)

This will be available on the BBC Red Button (as well as BBC Interactive 601 on Freeview), and also BBC iPlayer. The Red Button air time slots are as follows:

Saturday 20th June: 10.30pm
Sunday 21st June: 3am & 8.30pm

Monday 22nd June: Midnight & 7pm
Sara Cox plays a plethora of ’80s videos and chats to punk pop icon Toyah about her hectic times during the early 1980s and the creation of her album Anthem, which included tracks such as It’s a Mystery, I Wanna Be Free and Obsolete. Toyah also reveals her own favourite video from the decade. 80s videos in the show include classics from Human League, Whitney Houston, the Jam, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Thompson Twins, Adam and the Ants, Pet Shop Boys, the Pretenders and ABC. Plus a look back at what the top five singles were this week in 1989.

Toyah on the Radio: BBC R2: Sounds Of The 80s

June 7th, 2015

bbcr2sote14aFollowing last Thursday’s announcement by BBC Who’s in Today?, the date of Toyah’s guest appearance on BBC Radio Two’s Sounds Of The 80s, presented by Sara Cox, has been revealed.

This is Toyah’s second time on the show, she previously guested back in February 2014. That is available to listen to here.

Sounds Of The 80s: BBC Radio Two: Saturday 20th June: 10pm
Sounds Of The 80s: BBC Radio Two: Saturday 24th June: 3am
Singer and actor Toyah Willcox joins Sara Cox to look back on the decade, with hits, album tracks, 12-inch singles and the top 5 from the week in the 1980s.

• Visit the BBCR2/Sounds Of The 80s website.

Sounds Of The 80s: Toyah On The 80s

February 17th, 2014

Toyah’s interview from Saturday’s Sounds Of The 80s on BBC Radio 2 is now available in full as a standalone clip. Click below to listen. Browse all previous Sounds Of The 80s interviews here.


BBC Radio 2: Sounds Of The 80s TONIGHT!

February 15th, 2014

A reminder that Toyah guests on BBC Radio 2’s Sounds Of The 80s tonight. The show, hosted by Sara Cox, airs between 10pm and Midnight. You can listen live at the website or catch up, post-broadcast, at BBC iPlayer. Toyah’s interview will also likely be made available separately at the site, as has been the case with all previous guests, including Nick Heyward, Adam Ant, Carol Decker and Marc Almond. (Photos © BBC / Toyah Willcox Ltd)


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Toyah on the Radio: Sounds Of The 80s

January 30th, 2014

Sounds Of The 80s: BBC Radio 2: Saturday 15th February: 10.00pm
Toyah joins Sara, recalling her success in the 80s. Plus there is a classic 12″ single, three tracks from a vintage eighties album and a look back at the Top 5 this week in 1981.

Toyah on the Radio: BBC R2: Sounds Of The 80s

January 23rd, 2014

bbcr2sote14aToyah will be guesting on an upcoming edition of Sounds Of The 80s on BBC Radio 2. The programme, hosted by Sara Cox, airs each Saturday night at 10pm.

You can watch Sounds of the 80s on the Red Button from 10:20pm-11:20pm on Saturday night. You can access this by pressing the Red Button on your TV remote from any BBC television channel.

• Keep an eye on the Radio 2 website for further info and confirmation of when Toyah will be appearing. The programme will also be available post-broadcast at BBC iPlayer. (News Source: Breaking Through)

Television: Sounds Like The 80s – More 4

June 7th, 2023

Gold Wala and Motion Content Group have been commissioned to make a 1×60’ feature celebrating the music of the 1980s for Channel 4’s digital channel, More4.

Legendary presenter Ken Bruce voices Sounds Like The 80s, which brings together icons from the British music scene to select their favourite tracks from the decade to create their ultimate mixtape of the era.

With song selections from a variety of famous faces synonymous with the 80s including Midge Ure, Jazzie B, Toyah Willcox, Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan, we hear the stories behind the tracks that defined a generation, told by those who truly lived it.

• Read the full press release at

Radio Catch-Up: BBC Wiltshire Interview @ Sounds

February 14th, 2020

Toyah guested on Su Davies show on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Saturday (8th February), talking the Electric Ladies Of The 80s tour, Hazel O’Connor (“How well do you know Hazel, Toyah Willcox…?“), the Eighties, big hair and much more. There were also plays of I Want To Be Free and It’s A Mystery.

Toyah – Sue’s joined by singer and presenter Toyah Willcox ahead of her visit to Wiltshire.

• Toyah’s interview begins around 1hr 14m into the show and is divided into two segments. The show is available to listen to for the next 23 days at BBC Sounds.

Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland

July 18th, 2018

Toyah is currently voicing continuity on BBC Four’s Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland. The final part of the three-episode series airs this Friday at 10pm, with a repeat late night Saturday. The first two episodes are currently available at BBC iPlayer.


Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland: BBC4: Fri 20th July: 10pm
Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland: BBC4: Sun 22nd July: 0.00am
Two 80s icons explore the distinct sounds that came out of different parts of Britain and Ireland in one of pop’s golden decades. Midge Ure, lead singer of Ultravox and one of the men behind Band Aid, and Kim Appleby, who had a string of hits with her sister Mel in the Stock, Aitken and Waterman-produced band Mel and Kim, go on a journey back in time to the 80s to figure out why certain cities produced their own diverse tunes.

• Further info/Watch the episodes at BBC iPlayer.

Toyah on the Radio: 80s Invasion Tour Interviews

September 7th, 2016

80sinvasion16bListen out for a number of forthcoming Toyah radio interviews, just confirmed by the Breaking Through newsletter. These will be promotion for the 80s Invasion Tour 2017.

Toyah is guesting on Jo Good’s BBC Radio London show this Friday (9th September). The programme begins at 1pm.

There will also be Toyah interviews on BBC Surrey, BBC Hereford, BBC Stoke, Metro Radio, Gaydio and Talk Radio. As well as another visit to Sara Cox’s Sounds of the 80s on BBC Radio 2.

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Rewind – The 80s Album: New CD/Download

August 2nd, 2014

rewind80scd14aThunder In The Mountains is included on a new three-disc CD (and download) compilation, Rewind – The 80s Album, released this Monday, 4th August.

The soundtrack to you Rewind Festival filled summer is here… This 3CD collection features a decade of classic pop hits from some of the most talented acts and Rewind performers past and present, all laced with nothing but pure nostalgia. Including Rick Astley, Chesney Hawkes, Jason Donovan, The Human League, Go West, Kool & The Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire plus loads more.

The enduring, and classic, Thunder In The Mountains, which thanks to Nick Tauber’s amazing production skills still sounds as fresh today as it did 33 years ago, is the final track on Disc Two of the collection.

• View further info on the CD set, at the Rewind Festival website. It’s available to order/buy at Amazon.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

November 9th, 2018

giraffe18dToyah’s Painted Giraffe: “Touch The Wishing Stars” raised £8000 for Toyah’s mother’s hospice and is now placed permanently in the memorial garden at St. Richards Worcester – News Source – Toyah’s Nov 2018 Blog…

Worcester Stands Tall: Browse all our past news on Toyah’s painted giraffe here… (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah at Twitter: Studio day with Simon Darlow for very important release in 2019See the tweet…

Toyah Releases 2019: Two new singles have been confirmed as being released by Toyah next year – News Source – Express & Star Interview…

Edinburgh Evening News/Liam Rudden: My right ankle and left knee told me it hadn’t been a good idea to ‘pogo’ at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on Friday. The occasion was the first of Toyah’s 60th Birthday gigs, though she looks a fraction of her age. The same could not be said for the vintage teenagers who turned out to see her – Continue reading…

Acoustic, Up Close & Personal 2019: Toyah is playing the West End Centre, 48 Queens Road, Aldershot on 15th March 2019 – More info/Book tickets…

Toyah at Twitter: FABULOUS SOLD OUT GIG & FINALE to the Toyah60 Tour @O2Islington last night. Great vibe & wonderful friendsSee some backstage photos…

Toyah60 – Finale:  Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) – O2 Academy Islington – 4/11/18 – Watch/Listen…

BBC iPlayer Radio: There’s still a great selection of past Toyah at BBC Radio content currently available to listen to at BBC iPlayer Radio; Great Lives: Toyah Willcox on Katharine Hepburn (originally aired in September 2015), Ramblings: Toyah takes Clare Balding for a walk in Worcestershire (February 2013), Woman’s Hour: Toyah on being a punk (February 2012), A Good Read: Book reviews (March 1998), and Saturday Live: Toyah’s shares her secret life (August 2011), Inheritance Tracks: Two of Toyah’s favourite songs (April 2017), Woman’s Hour: Toyah talks punk classic Jubilee reimagined for the stage (February 2018), Ramblings: Toyah guest presents ‘The Same Walk 365 Times’ (October 2013), The Reunion: Women of Punk (April 2017), Sounds Of The 80s: Toyah on the 80s (February 2014).


Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

October 10th, 2016

tnecho16aThe Northern Echo: Acoustic, Up Close: The once rebellious, wild woman of the British mainstream pop scene with her dangerously pink hair and fire in her eyes, Toyah Willcox still oozes charisma. I wonder if she and David Bowie had the same hairdresser? – Continue reading…

Live 2016: There are still a number of gigs and appearances taking place through the remainder of October – See Toyah’s Official Gig page…

Kaleidoscope Man: Tanks vs Aliens – Let Battle Commence!: Finally, after 4 years of dreaming and planning, I am delighted to tell you that we’ve finally completed the one part of the movie I was truly terrified about doing. The tanks vs aliens battle scenes – Continue reading…

Sounds Of The 80s: Toyah chose Voodoo Doll as her 80s b-side on BBC Radio 2. There’s still time to listen to the show at BBC iPlayer…

Great Yarmouth Film Festival: Toyah guested at this event at the end of September, introducing Quadrophenia.

Crime and Punishment: The final performance of Crime and Punishment took place at The Scoop Theatre on 24th September…

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

August 6th, 2015

tbactf15aClassic Hits: Genesis Keyboardist Tony Banks Says New Solo Box Set Features “a Lot of Good Music”: Banks worked with a variety of well-known musicians on his solo albums, including such singers as ex-Marillion frontman Fish, Nik Kershaw and Toyah Willcox, and acclaimed drummers like Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta and longtime Genesis touring member Chester Thompson – Continue reading…

Nerdly: Frightfest 2015: First look at Steve Oram’s ‘Aaaaaaaah!’: The debut feature of actor Steve Oram (Sightseers, TV’s Glue), Aaaaaaaah! stars Julian Barratt, Toyah Willcox, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Steve Oram, Lucy Honigman, Tom Meeten and Sean Reynard. The supporting cast include Noel Fielding, Holli Dempsey, Shelley Longworth, Alice Lowe, Tony Way and Waen Shepherd. Aaaaaaaah!, written and directed by Steve Oram, produced by Andy Starke and executive produced by Ben Wheatley, will have it’s world premiere at FrightFest on August 28th with many of the cast and crew in attendance. A few tickets are still available – Continue reading…

Get Reading: Famous faces spotted at Rewind Festival over the years: Rewind South: The 80s Festival, which attracts 40,000 fans each year, will return to Temple Island Meadows on Friday, August 21, to Sunday, August 23… Toyah Willcox at Rewind 2011 – Continue reading…

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne gets ready for Vulcan’s swan-song at Airbourne: at the Bandstand, evening concerts include Big Band Night on Thursday and the legendary pop-punk princess Toyah, on Friday. BBC South East Today also broadcast live from the show from 6.30pm on Friday, as their Festival Friday tour hits town – Continue reading…

The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive: Read full transcripts of Toyah’s recent interviews on BBCR2’s Sounds Of The 80s and BBC Radio DerbyGo read…


Dundee Evening Telegraph: Rewind Scotland

July 28th, 2015

rewind15dA decade of music and four seasons of weather were rolled into one at Rewind Festival at the weekend.

But neither the hail, rain nor wind could dampen the spirits of the 35,000 crowd, who were determined to have a blast at the fifth 80s festival at Scone Palace. And every now and then, just to brighten the mood even more, the sun shone.

However, as the hail and rain battered down, the bands played on and the enthusiastic, mostly middle-aged, crowd sang and danced their way through what were near monsoon conditions at times. Old favourites such as Kid Creole, Howard Jones, Hue and Cry, Dave Edmunds, Nik Kershaw, Belinda Carlisle and Kim Wilde were among those getting everyone rocking to the classic sounds of the 80s.

(Caption: Toyah (top) was one of the hosts who introduced, among others, Kid Creole and Clare Grogan.)

• Continue reading here. (Thanks to Sharon Dickson for the scan)