I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan

I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan

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Originally intended as a short three or four part series of blog entries about my misadventures in pop music fandom at the dawn of the 1980s, it soon became clear that I had far more than a couple of thousand words to tell and that furthermore what I had to say seemed to be of interest to more people than simply those who had been Toyah obsessives such as myself. The experience of being a compulsive fan seems to be a universal one, whoever the object of your infatuation.

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Original blog
original blog entries upon which book was based (catmachine.eu)
Official Toyah site
Falling to Earth: Toyah News 2012 +
Dreamscape site: Toyah News archive 2000 - 2012
Toyah Willcox interview archive
In the Fairground: Andrew York's Arternative Universe





Toyah at 24

A few moments with Toyah outside the Mermaid Theatre in London on Wednesday 23 March 1983

Toyah at 24 by catmachine

Toyah interview 1987

Shortly after I started running Toyah's fan club I recorded an interview with her. This was not printed in the fan club magazine - it was used as part of my "audio portfolio" for my attempts at getting a job in radio. In it she talks candidly about Cabaret, Three Men on Horse and Desire.

Toyah 1987 interview by catmachine

Toyah 'Bike 82' radio ad, 1982

Radio advertisement played on Capital Radio during the summer of 1982.

Toyah "Bike '82" radio ad by catmachine
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