As famous for her flamboyant dress-sense and head-gear as for her memorable fist-pumping semi-rock '80s anthems, Toyah Willcox's flame burns just as brightly as it did thirty-odd years ago.
A staple of Smash Hits and a regular on Top of the Pops, days in the early part of the eighties just didn't seem right without a blast of "It's a Mystery", "I Wanna Be Free" or "Thunder in the Mountains" trickling out of the Dansette speaker, courtesy of the sensational sound of Radio 1.
Toyah enjoyed half a decade's worth of successes, beginning with the indie chart smash "Sheep Farming in Barnet", her first punt at crossover "The Blue Meaning" and her two Top 10 albums "Anthem" and "The Changeling". However by 1983, new romantic pop and synths were starting to leave the rest of the music world behind and demand for Ms Willcox's work was slowly starting to wane. But not by much - album number five still sold very well and has stood the test of time.
"Love is the Law" turned out to be the last 'band' album that Toyah would make, moving on to solo recordings soon after (1985's "Minx", in fact). The album, named after an Aleister Crowley phrase, spawned two singles in particular "Rebel Run", a Top 30 contender, plus "Be Loud Be Proud (Be Heard)", issued as an extra on later CD reissues.
To celebrate the album's 30th anniversary, Toyah has announced a UK tour for the autumn. Dates include Newcastle on 18th October, followed by Manchester, Brighton etc until Islington on 9th November.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £18 for regionals and £20 for the London show.
Toyah will also perform tracks from the Fripp-inspired "In The Court Of The Crimson Queen" and other familiar hits.