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Toyah & The Humans

Toyah & The Humans: Noise In Your Head (4CD+DVD)

Toyah & The Humans: Noise In Your Head (4CD+DVD)

Toyah & The Humans

  1. We Are The Humans
  2. Is It Wrong
  3. Twisted Soul
  4. Telekinesis
  5. Quicksilver
  6. Labyrinth
  7. Icarus
  8. Noise In Your Head
  9. This Belongs To You
  10. Demigod
  11. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ [feat. Robert Fripp]
  12. We Are The Humans [Toyah’s Home Demo]
  13. Twisted Soul [Toyah’s Home Demo]
  14. Icarus [Toyah’s Home Demo]
  1. Titanium Girl
  2. Love In A Different Way
  3. Sea Of Size
  4. Pebble
  5. Small Town Psychopath
  6. Sweet Agitation
  7. Playing In the Dark
  8. Snow at 10:23
  9. Sugar Rush
  10. This Reasoning
  11. Fragment Pool
  12. Put A Woman On The Moon
  13. Small Town Psychopath [version]
  1. Slow Descent
  2. She’s Fast
  3. Get In Your Car
  4. Amnesia
  5. Bedhead
  6. Improbable Thing
  7. Sleep Tight
  8. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  1. Demigod
  2. Is It Wrong
  3. Twisted Soul
  4. Fragment Pool
  5. Sugar Rush
  6. Quicksilver
  7. Labyrinth
  8. Icarus
  9. Noise In Your Head
  10. Telekinesis
  11. Sweet Agitation
  12. Put A Woman On The Moon
  13. We Are The Humans
  14. This Belongs To You
  15. These Boots Are Made For Walking
  16. Purple Haze
  1. Sugar Rush
  2. Titanium Girl
  3. Get In Your Car
  4. Labyrinth
  5. Amnesia
  6. Small Town Psychopath
  7. Telekinesis
  8. Fragment Pool
  9. Sea Of Size
  10. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
  11. Bedhead
  12. Is It Wrong
  13. Quicksilver
  14. Sleep Tight
  15. She’s Fast
  16. Pebble
  17. Slow Descent
  18. Improbable Thing
  19. Twisted Soul
  20. Put A Woman On The Moon
  21. Demigod
  22. We Are The Humans [promo video]
  23. Quicksilver [promo video]
  24. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ [promo video]
  25. Sea Of Size [promo video]

About this release

This 4 CD + DVD box set contains four albums (‘We Are The Humans’, ‘Sugar Rush’, ‘Strange Tales’, ‘Live At Scala London’) and six bonus tracks, including demos and an unreleased track, plus a DVD featuring a previously unreleased 90 minute concert, and four promo videos, all the discs in facsimile wallets. It’s the Complete Works of Toyah & The Humans.

The Humans were Toyah, her musical director Chris Wong and multi-instrumentalist, the late Bill Rieflin (drummer for King Crimson and latter-day REM, as well as Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, Lard, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, and Nine Inch Nails). Toyah put the ensemble together in 2007 for the birthday celebrations of Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of Estonia, a country already dear to Toyah.

As Toyah explains in her note in the 40-page booklet, I was very keen to work on an idea where mid-range frequencies didn’t cancel out the natural space of the voice. Always having been in love with the bass I wanted to create a trio of just my voice and two basses, allowing power, prose and top line melody to dominate the audio spectrum. The Humans were to be music stripped bare.”

WE ARE THE HUMANS, released in 2009, features “Noise In Your Head”, “Quicksilver” and “Is It Wrong”. The CD now includes four bonus tracks: a cover of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” featuring Robert Fripp, and three of Toyah’s original home demos, demonstrating her original concept for the ensemble.

SUGAR RUSH (2011) features “Sea Of Size” and “Small Town Psychopath” and Guest Human throughout, Robert Fripp. The bonus track is a version of “Small Town Psychopath”. STRANGE TALES (2014) album features “Get In Your Car” and now closes with a previously unreleased 7 minute version of the King Crimson classic, “21st Century Schizoid Man”.

LIVE AT SCALA LONDON 2010 (2020) is the first full 16-track release of the entire concert, including the encores of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” and “Purple Haze”. Guest Human Robert Fripp features throughout. On the DVD, LIVE AT TRADING BOUNDARIES is a previously unreleased 90-minute, 21-song concert filmed in April 2015. Also included are four promo videos, issued on DVD for the first time.

The lavishly-illustrated 40 page booklet features annotation written by Toyah herself. Also featured is an essay on the period covered by the box by Toyah’s official archivist and compiler of this box set, Craig Astley.

The box set is dedicated to Bill Rieflin, who sadly passed away on 24th March 2020. Recorded in summer 2019, “21st Century Schizoid Man” was only recently mixed and is one of Bill’s last completed recordings. Sarcastically and affectionately, Bill referred to this anthology as The Humans’ Greatest Hits. Bill exchanged with Toyah this March, as included in her online tribute to him, that We made good things together. Some of my best work ever.”