Minx (Toyah album)

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Minx
Studio album by Toyah
Released 1985
Recorded 1985, Audio International
Genre New wave, pop
Label Portrait
Producer Christopher Neil
Toyah chronology
Mayhem
(1985)
Minx
(1985)
Desire
(1987)

Minx was the first album released by Toyah Willcox as a solo artist.

It has something of a controversial reputation as it represented a departure from her previous works, which tended toward thematic albums written almost in their entirety by Willcox and long-standing band members such as Joel Bogen and Phil Spalding. As an attempt to make a more "polished" pop album and (supposedly) to break into the U.S. market, a lot of artistic control was ceded to the producers leading to an unprecedented four cover versions from the original CD's 12 tracks. The lead single "Don't Fall in Love (I Said)" was a hit in the UK, reaching the top 30, as did the album, but follow-up releases "Soul Passing Through Soul" and "World in Action" were less successful.

The album became very hard to find in the 1990s, and before its 2005 reissue, CD copies were commanding high figures on e-bay.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

Side one

  1. "Soldier of Fortune, Terrorist of Love" (Willcox, Adrian Lee)
  2. "Don't Fall in Love (I Said)" (Willcox/Darlow)
  3. "Soul Passing Through Soul" (Willcox/St James)
  4. "Sympathy" (Graham Standfield, David Kassinetti, Stephen Gould, Mark Ashton)
  5. "I'll Serve You Well" (Willcox/Darlow)

Side two

  1. "All in a Rage" (Willcox/Bogen)
  2. "Space Between the Sounds" (Willcox/Darlow)
  3. "School's Out" (Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce)
  4. "World in Action" (Bogdanovs)
  5. "America for Beginners" (Skaith/Jones)

Original CD/cassette bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Over Twenty-One" (Kajanus)
  2. "Vigilante" (Bogdanovs)

2005 CD additional bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Snow Covers the Kiss" (Willcox/Bogen/Neil)
  2. "Kiss the Devil" (Willcox/Lee)
  3. "Don't Fall in Love (I Said) Extended Mix" (Willcox/Darlow)
  4. "Soul Passing Through Soul Extended Mix" (Willcox/St James)
  5. "World in Action Extended Mix" (Bogdanovs)
  6. "World in Action Action Mix" (Bogdanovs)

Personnel[edit]

  • Toyah Willcox - vocals
  • Adrian Lee - keyboards
  • Simon Darlow - keyboards
  • Ian Wherry - keyboards
  • Al Hodge - guitar
  • Phil Palmer - guitar
  • Richard Bull - guitar
  • Andy Brown - bass
  • Paul Raven - bass
  • Peter Van Hooke - drums
  • Paul Ferguson - drums
  • Frank Ricotti - percussion
  • Joji Hirota - percussion
  • John Earle - saxophone
  • Ray Beavis - saxophone
  • Alan Carvell - backing vocals
  • Chris Neil - backing vocals
  • Lorna Wright - backing vocals
  • Linda Taylor - backing vocals
  • John Kirby - backing vocals
  • John McLaughlin - additional guitar on "World In Action Action Mix"
  • The English Chorale - additional vocals on "Space Between The Sounds"

Production[edit]

  • String arrangements on "Sympathy": Richard Hewson
  • Producer: Christopher Neil
  • Engineer: Simon Hurrell