I Want to Be Free
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|""I Want to Be Free""|
|Single by Toyah|
|from the album Anthem|
|B-side||"Walkie Talkie", "Alien"|
|Released||7 May 1981|
|Toyah singles chronology|
Backed by an appearance on Top of the Pops, and bolstered by the performance of the previous single, "I Want to Be Free" entered the UK Top Ten with a peak at #8, and helped push the album Anthem into the UK Albums Chart, where it reached number two. As well as peaking at #10 in South Africa (source: rock.co.za), the single also found Top 40 success in Australia and New Zealand.
The two B-sides on this single were eventually included on the 1999 reissue of Anthem, and they were also featured on the 2005 compilation The Safari Singles Collection Part 2: 1981-1983.
"It was resonated with how I felt about my school years which was very strong even if I was only 22", Toyah said in a 2003 interview, speaking of the song's lyrics.
- 7" Vinyl
- A: "I Want to Be Free" (Wilcox/Bogen)
- B1: "Walkie Talkie" (Wilcox/Bogen)
- B2: "Alien" (Wilcox/Bogen/Glockler)
Catalogue Number: SAFE34
Produced by Nick Tauber. Published by Sweet 'n' Sour Songs Ltd.
Both sides ran at 45RPM. There were two variations of the single artwork - one with a black border, one with a white border.
- Toyah Willcox – vocals
- Joel Bogen – guitar
- Phil Spalding – bass
- Nigel Glockler – drums
- Adrian Lee – keyboards
- "Toyah - Rock Legends Documentary 2003 Part 2". Carlton television. Retrieved 2011-01-01.