Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Found Vinyl: Toyah - Love Is the Law

I have been  a vinyl junkie for some time now (i drank the Eddie Vedder Kool-Aid way back when i was in high school, and i've never looked back).  Because of that, i love discovering weird and interesting oddities when i go crate digging, and so i bring to you the first in what is hopefully an ongoing series of blog posts, Found Vinyl.

Up first is the 1983 album "Love Is the Law," from English performer Toyah.  Look at that album cover.  Seriously, look at it.  It's got a bunch of fencers and a girl that looks like an extra from the 80's movie "Solarbabies."  How could i not purchase this monstrosity?  So of course i did.  It's kind of exactly what you think it would be, a mix of new wave, goth, dance pop, and synth rock.  Think like if Siouxsie Sioux, Georgio Moroder, and early 80's David Bowie got together, went on a coke binge, and recorded an album while watching "The Never Ending Story," and you're just about there.  Take a listen to album opener "Broken Diamonds," to get an idea of what i'm talking about.

Gets the blood flowing doesn't it?

So, after doing a little research on the divine Ms. Toyah, turns out the girl and her band actually put out seven albums from 1979 to 1983, the above "Love Is the Law" being their final record.  Which is too bad.  In our current everything-old-is-new-again/revival/remix culture, there is still room for Toyah somewhere in the musical landscape.  Reunion album?  Someone make this happen.  Daft Punk, i'm looking in your direction.

Here's one more jam from the album, "Rebel of Love."

Found Vinyl will be back next week.  Oh yeah.

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