The Blue Meaning

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The Blue Meaning
Studio album by Toyah
Released 6 June 1980
Recorded Park Gate Studios
Genre New wave, punk rock
Length 41:19
Label Safari Records
Producer Steve James, Toyah
Toyah chronology
Sheep Farming in Barnet
(1979)
The Blue Meaning
(1980)
Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!
(1980)

The Blue Meaning is the second album by Toyah, released in 1980 by Safari Records. Although not the first full-length release, this is often considered to be the band's first "proper" album.

It saw its first release on CD in 1990 on the Great Expectations label (As PIPCD 015), and was reissued in a double-CD package with Sheep Farming in Barnet in 2002. The latter release was remastered and included two bonus tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Smash Hits 3/10[1]

Writing for Smash Hits in 1980, Red Starr described the The Blue Meaning as "gutless exhibitionism set to unmemorable rock music". He said the lyrics were "a mess of meaningless garbled imagery, all mysticism and supernatural hallucinations".[1]

The album reached number 40 on the UK Albums Chart.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP and CD[edit]

  1. "Ieya" (Willcox, Bogen, Bush) - 8:15
  2. "Spaced Walking" (Willcox, Bush) - 2:20
  3. "Ghosts" (Willcox, Bogen, Bush, Francis) - 3:29
  4. "Mummies" (Willcox, Bogen, Bush, Francis) - 2:58
  5. "Blue Meanings" (Willcox, Bogen, Bush) - 5:03
  6. "Tiger! Tiger!" (Willcox, Bray, Bogen, Francis, Bush) - 3:19
  7. "Vision" (Willcox, Bogen, Bush) - 4:06
  8. "Insects" (Willcox, Bogen, Bush) - 2:44
  9. "Love Me" (Willcox, Bogen, Bush) - 3:02
  10. "She" (Willcox, Bray, Bogen, Francis, Bush) - 6:03

2002 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Sphinx" (Willcox, Bogen)- 3:15
  2. "Street Addict" (Willcox, Bogen, Spalding)

Comments on songs[edit]

  • Spaced Walking was recorded as Toyah inhaled helium gas to give her vocals a 'squeaky' demeanor (she can be heard inhaling between lines).
    In 2011 Toyah remembered: "Steve James, Keith Hale, Gem Howard and I were messing around in the Marquee Studio at about 2am and Gem ordered a large cylinder of helium gas because he thought it would be fun. So Gem and I were in the vocal booth with Steve and Keith in the mixing studio and we were just messing about. It was improvised, Keith was on keyboards, I remember Gem having a spanner to open and close the gas valve every time I needed to fill me lungs."[2]
    The Helium Song", a b-side from this period, was simply an extended version of "Spaced Walking" with a longer introduction, and a proper ending - the album version simply fading out.
  • Insects. "…Of course coz I am a woman they want to grab my body and do vulgar things. They want to fantasize about me which is fine because that's what my music is, it's pure fantasy. Insects was inspired by when ever I walked by the audience there would be hands clambering all over my body and I just thought 'Urgh- insects, insects!'. But on stage I go to the audience and just let them rip me to pieces". - Toyah speaking on ATV Documentary, 1980.[3]

Personnel[edit]

  • Toyah Willcox - verbals + unusual sounds
  • Joel Bogen - guitar
  • Pete Bush - keyboards, trumpet
  • Charlie Francis - bass guitar
  • Steve Bray - drums

Production[edit]

  • Arrangements: Steve James, Toyah Willcox, Pete Bush, Joel Bogen, Charlie Francis, Steve Bray
  • Producers: Steve James, Toyah Willcox
  • Assistant engineer: Perry Morgan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (June 26 – July 9 1980): 31. 
  2. ^ "Toyah Talks Music". FSF-A Interview. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Toyah Documentary". ATV. 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-01.