Toyah Ann Willcox is an English singer and actress who, in a 30-year career, has managed to rank 8 singles in the English Top 40, released 20 albums, wrote 2 books, shot in ten films and presented many TV shows. , just that ! She never knew why her parents gave her the name of Toyah ... There is a city in Texas with the same name and Toyah also means "Water" in Indian ... Born with several physical disabilities, her childhood will be punctuated by surgical operations and repeated absences from school. Not to mention an adolescence where she became particularly rebellious and violent, as well as a fairly complicated sexuality. In the mid-1970s, the punk wave boomed and strongly influenced her. It was when she saw the Sex Pistols in concert that she told herself that she could do better than them. In 1977, she created the group "Toyah" while also pursuing her acting career. She knows a 1st success with "Victims of the riddle". Then with the album "The blue meaning" in 1980. But it is especially the single "It’s a mystery" and "Thunder in the mountains", released in 1981, which will reveal her to the eyes of the whole world. Behind many albums, making her an essential figure in England in the 80s, rebellious, avant-garde and provocative at will. To discover or rediscover. Discography (among others ...) :
• Ieya 1980
• It’s a mystery 1981
• I want to be free 1981
• Thunder in the mountains 1981
• Good morning universe 1981
• Brave new world 1982
• Be proud be loud 1982
• Rebel run 1983
• The vow 1983
• Don’t fall in love 1985
• Soul passing through soul 1985
• World in action 1985
• Echo beach 1987
1981 ... the beginnings completely wacky and so typical of the beginning of 80 across the Channel
1981 ... the hit that will really reveal her. The provocative side is definitely very trendy at the start of this decade and makes her one of the strong values of the moment
1981 ... his biggest planetary hit. Once again on a totally crazy clip of which she has the secret
1981 ... total hair delirium for Toyah the Amazon, Toyah the Valkyrie ... Unquestionably she will remain as a unique model of its kind ...
1981 ... its BIG year. An absolutely exceptional year for her, which sees her produce no less than 4 mega hits, just that !
1982 ... well, then there is total eccentricity. Clips 'aware', she did, but there, we touch Nirvana of total anything ... Long live the 80s !
1982 ... a summary of everything she has been able to do before, that's to say ! And always a first-rate melodic quality
1983 ... she really should stop the carrot because there, the hair is no longer possible ... lolll
1983 ... incredible, an almost normal title ... But what happens to her ... It's not the same, it's not possible !
1985 ... in total femme fatale mode. The style has evolved, it's clear. Like the sound. A more mature Toyah is undeniable !
1985 ... the metamorphosis is obvious. And rather good. The side crossed out, it's nice. But too many crossed out kills the crossed out ...
1985 ... another great year with no less than 3 major hits. Admittedly, that does not equal the year 1981 but still ...
1987 ... his last notorious hit. A nice little cover of Martha & The Muffins to end in style !
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