1981 UK 7″ single playing at 33 1/3 RPM / Safari Records / TOY1
Produced by Nick Tauber
“Four from Toyah” was the sixth UK single, and second EP by the band Toyah, fronted by Toyah Willcox, and was released in 1981. It was the first to feature the new band lineup of Willcox, Joel Bogen, Phil Spalding, Nigel Glockler and Adrian Lee. This was the breakthrough single for the band, reaching #4 in the UK Singles Charts on the back of its lead track, “It’s a Mystery”. The single also marked the band’s first appearance on Top Of The Pops
The EP and single version of It’s A Mystery differs slightly to the version found on the Anthem album which followed later in 1981. The album version is mixed slightly different and re-mastered as part of the mixing sessions for the album.
Although both performances of the song on Top Of The Pops are lip-synched (as normal practice for this period on Top Of The Pops) they are done to a bespoke recording of the track which is not the album mix or EP version, very noticeable on the spoken word part in the middle eight section.