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THE SINGER, ACTOR AND WRITER TELLS DOUGLAS MCPHERSON HOW HER SONGS HAVE GATHERED GREATER DEPTH AND MEANING OVER THE YEARS

Hailed as the High Priestess of Punk, Toyah Willcox embarked on a twin-pronged career in the late 70s, mixing acting roles at the National Theatre with releasing punk albums such as her debut, Sheep Farming In Barnet. Her film appearances included the iconic Quadrophenia, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. She burst into the pop mainstream with her 1981 EP Four From Toyah which included her signature song It’s A Mystery and reached No. 4 in the singles chart. A run of hits followed including I Want To Be Free, Thunder In The Mountains and Brave New World. This year saw her return to the album chart with an enhanced version of her 2008 release In The Court Of The Crimson Queen.

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In our latest Classic Pop Presents special, we immerse ourselves in the flamboyant world of the New Romantics. From the scene's origins as an underground movement born out of the Blitz Club in Soho through to the worldwide surge of popularity that led to mainstream success for some of the major players who made their musical mark, such as Boy George, Spandau Ballet, Visage and Duran Duran. Inside we tell the story of the Godfather of the scene, Steve Strange, and explore his pioneering band Visage with the help of Blitz DJ and band member Rusty Egan and fellow band-mate Midge Ure, who moved on to front Ultravox. We chat to Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman, who guides us through the making of their game-changing debut album Journeys To Glory, plus we head up to the Midlands to the Rum Runner club, which gave rise to another of the scene's major success stories, Duran Duran. This issue has plenty more to be enjoyed, including an exploration of David Bowie's influence on the movement plus eye-opening interviews with some of the scene's faces to get their side of this fascinating era, including Toyah, Princess Julia and Mark Shaw. Raconteur, author, DJ – and Soho's Wag Club founder – Chris Sullivan shares his hilarious memories of the times, and we strut the cat-walk with Blitz Kids, fashion designer Judith Franklin and photographer Graham Smith for our New Romantic fashion feature. Also inside, there's our Top 40 Essential New Romantic playlist, the design styles and artwork of the scene's many fine releases, and all with stunning photos throughout!