Produced by Nick Tabuer
I Want to Be Free is the seventh UK single by the band Toyah, fronted by Toyah Willcox, and was released on 7 May 1981.
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. 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.
UK 7” Singles feature either black or white border on picture sleeve and blue & white or pink & white Vinyl label.