Desire (Toyah album)

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Studio album by Toyah
Released June 1987
Recorded 1987
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London, UK
Genre New wave, synth-pop, avant-pop
Length 43:52
Label E.G.
Producer Mike Hedges
Toyah chronology
Singles from Desire
  1. "Echo Beach"
    Released: April 1987
  2. "Moonlight Dancing"
    Released: 1987

Desire is the second studio album released by Toyah Willcox as a solo artist.

It is more typical of her band's earlier albums rather than its more commercial predecessor Minx, although it didn't entirely escape the imposition of cover versions, including "Echo Beach", originally recorded by Martha and the Muffins, and, somewhat incongruously, "Love's Unkind", originally by Donna Summer.[1] However, most of the songs are once again co-written by Willcox, and while the original release of the album does not feature any musician credits, it does however benefit from a consistent band line-up, rather than the large number of session musicians involved in Minx.[2] Robert Fripp and Ronnie Wood play on the album but are also uncredited.[3]

Two singles were released from the album, "Echo Beach", which became a minor hit in the UK,[4] and "Moonlight Dancing".[3] In her autobiography, Willcox stated that she was forced to record "Love's Unkind" by her record label, but she was fiercely opposed to it. E.G. Records threatened to cancel the album's release if she did not.[2]

The album was reissued digitally in 2015.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Echo Beach" (Mark Gane) - 3:23 (Martha and the Muffins cover)
  2. "Moonlight Dancing" (Toyah Willcox, Joel Bogen, Nick Graham) - 4:13
  3. "Revive the World" (Willcox, Tony Geballe) - 3:28
  4. "The View" (Willcox, Adrian Lee) - 3:45
  5. "Moon Migration" (Willcox, Bruce Wooley) - 5:37
Side two
  1. "Love's Unkind" (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) - 3:11 (Donna Summer cover)
  2. "Dear Diary" (Willcox, Simon Darlow) - 4:03
  3. "Deadly as a Woman" (Willcox, Graham) - 4:00
  4. "Goodbye Baby" (Willcox, Graham, Darlow) - 3:37
  5. "When a Woman Cries" (Willcox) - 4:31
  6. "Desire" (Willcox, Robert Fripp) - 4:04




  1. ^ Limb, Chris. "Desire: Digital Booklet" (PDF). Toyah Willcox Official Website. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  2. ^ a b Limb, Chris (10 December 2011). "Toyah Talks "Desire" And More With Chris Limb 1987". The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  3. ^ a b "Toyah Discography: Desire". Toyah Official Website. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  4. ^ "Toyah Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-11-13.

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