Price: £29.99
Format: boxset
Artist: Toyah & The Humans
CatNo: TOYAHBOX02
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Toyah and The Humans Noise In Your Head Boxset
A 4CD/1DVD box set containing four complete albums - We Are The Humans, Sugar Rush, Strange Tales, Live At Scala London - and six bonus tracks, plus a DVD featuring a previously unreleased 90 minute concert, and four promo videos.
 
The Humans were Toyah, her musical director Chris Wong and multi-instrumentalist, the late Bill Rieflin (drummer for King Crimson and latter-day REM, as well as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails). Featuring guest appearances by Robert Fripp.
 
All the discs are in facsimile wallets. Includes a 40 page booklet.
 
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Toyah put the ensemble together in 2007 for the birthday celebrations of Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of Estonia, a country already dear to Toyah.
 
As Toyah explains in the 40-page booklet, “I was very keen to work on an idea where mid-range frequencies didn’t cancel out the natural space of the voice. Always having been in love with the bass I wanted to create a trio of just my voice and two basses, allowing power, prose and top line melody to dominate the audio spectrum. The Humans were to be music stripped bare.”
 
WE ARE THE HUMANS, released in 2009, features “Noise In Your Head”, “Quicksilver” and “Is It Wrong”. The CD now includes four bonus tracks: a cover of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” featuring Robert Fripp, and three of Toyah’s original home demos, demonstrating her original concept for the ensemble.
 
SUGAR RUSH (2011) features “Sea Of Size” and “Small Town Psychopath” and Guest Human throughout, Robert Fripp. The bonus track is a version of “Small Town Psychopath”.
 
STRANGE TALES (2014) album features “Get In Your Car” and now closes with a previously unreleased 7 minute version of the King Crimson classic, “21st Century Schizoid Man”.
 
LIVE AT SCALA LONDON 2010 (2020) is the first full 16-track release of the entire concert, including the encores of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” and “Purple Haze”. Guest Human Robert Fripp features throughout. On the DVD, LIVE AT TRADING BOUNDARIES is a previously unreleased 90-minute, 21-song concert filmed in April 2015. Also included are four promo videos, issued on DVD for the first time.
 
The lavishly-illustrated 40 page booklet features annotation written by Toyah herself. Also featured is an essay on the period covered by the box by Toyah’s official archivist and compiler of this box set, Craig Astley.
 
The box set is dedicated to Bill Rieflin, who sadly passed away on 24th March 2020. Recorded in summer 2019, “21st Century Schizoid Man” was only recently mixed and is one of Bill's last completed recordings. 
CD 1
WE ARE THE HUMANS
 
1. We Are The Humans
2. Is It Wrong
3. Twisted Soul
4. Telekinesis
5. Quicksilver
6. Labyrinth
7. Icarus
8. Noise In Your Head
9. This Belongs To You
10. Demigod
 
Bonus tracks:
 
11. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ [feat. Robert Fripp]
12. We Are The Humans [Toyah’s Home Demo]
13. Twisted Soul [Toyah’s Home Demo]
14. Icarus [Toyah’s Home Demo]
 
CD 2
SUGAR RUSH
 
1. Titanium Girl
2. Love In A Different Way
3. Sea Of Size
4. Pebble
5. Small Town Psychopath
6. Sweet Agitation
7. Playing In the Dark
8. Snow at 10:23
9. Sugar Rush
10. This Reasoning
11. Fragment Pool
12. Put A Woman On The Moon
 
Bonus track:
 
13. Small Town Psychopath [version]
 
CD 3
STRANGE TALES
 
1. Slow Descent
2. She’s Fast
3. Get In Your Car
4. Amnesia
5. Bedhead
6. Improbable Thing
7. Sleep Tight
 
Bonus track:
 
8. 21st Century Schizoid Man
 
CD 4
LIVE AT SCALA LONDON
 
1. Demigod
2. Is It Wrong
3. Twisted Soul
4. Fragment Pool
5. Sugar Rush
6. Quicksilver
7. Labyrinth
8. Icarus
9. Noise In Your Head
10. Telekinesis
11. Sweet Agitation
12. Put A Woman On The Moon
13. We Are The Humans
14. This Belongs To You
15. These Boots Are Made For Walking
16. Purple Haze
 
DVD
LIVE AT TRADING BOUNDARIES Filmed live at Trading Boundaries, near Fletching, East Sussex, 11.04.2015
 
1. Sugar Rush
2. Titanium Girl
3. Get In Your Car
4. Labyrinth
5. Amnesia
6. Small Town Psychopath
7. Telekinesis
8. Fragment Pool
9. Sea Of Size
10. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ 
11. Bedhead
12. Is It Wrong
13. Quicksilver
14. Sleep Tight
15. She’s Fast
16. Pebble
17. Slow Descent
18. Improbable Thing
19. Twisted Soul
20. Put A Woman On The Moon
21. Demigod
 
BONUS FEATURE:
 
PROMO VIDEOS
 
1. We Are The Humans
2. Quicksilver
3. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ 
4. Sea Of Size