To be completely honest, Toyah Willcox‘s “Danced” was one of the songs from URGH! that I never really fell in love with, for whatever reason. That kind of surprises me because listening back, the bass tones sort of remind me of Rush from that same period, and I liked Rush. It just seems very repetitive after the beginning segment. I don’t feel like she did much singing after the initial minute. The styling & singing remind me of Gary Numan or David Bowie, but (in my opinion) it’s not as engaging as either of them were around this time.
Frankly, what I mostly remember of this song is her bouncing around as I fast-forwarded through this part of the video.
Where URGH! They Now?
Toyah has had a long music career, actually, and in the songs I sampled on iTunes, she sounded like Sinéad O’Connor at times – or, I guess I should say, Sinead sounded like Toyah in some of her early work. Pretty good electro pop, actually. Her music has always had an avant garde aspect to it. More recently she has formed the band The Humans with Bill Rieflin (he’s played with Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, R.E.M. and others). They recently played a couple of shows in the US, along with her husband, Robert Fripp, on guitar. I really like the Humans stuff, it’s hard and arty – more Ministry like than her older 80’s stuff, but not as hard as Ministry. It’s not for everyone, but I dig it.
She also has a career as an actress. The movie Quadrophenia is the film I know best, but she’s also acted on a lot of TV programs. I’m just reporting what it says on her Wiki page now, so you can go read that, and maybe donate to the Wikimedia Foundation while you’re there. 🙂
(EDIT: Also find out about what Toyah is up to over at http://toyah.net/.)