1. Broken Diamonds
2. I Explode
3. Rebel Of Love
4. Rebel Run
5. Martian Cowboy
7. Time Is Ours
8. Love Is The Law
10. The Vow
Notes: Final album released on the Safari Records label.
Produced by Nick Tauber.
1983 UK LP: Safari Records / VOOR10 > deleted
1983 UK cassette: Safari Records / VOORC10 < deleted
2005 UK CD: Edsel Records / DIAB8072 > deleted
2013 UK digital edition: Safari Records / available
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Toyah Willcox: vocals
Joel Bogen: guitars
Simon Darlow: keyboards
Andy Duncan: drums and percussion
Brad Lang: bass (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13)
Phil Spalding: bass (tracks 7, 8, 9)
Strings on track 10 conducted by Denys Darlow
TOYAH ON LOVE IS THE LAW
‘Love is the Law’ is a saying I borrowed from the famous occultist Aleister Crowley. I was never a fan of what he represented, which was mainly dark, devious and debauched, but I thought the phrase ‘Love Is the Law’ was possibly one of the most beautiful to ever be uttered because it crosses every social and tribal divide.
The making of this album was the happiest period of my life because in 1983 everything was going right. I was starring in a stage play called ‘Trafford Tanzi’, which won me especially huge critical acclaim, and I was about to star in a film, ‘The Ebony Tower’ with Lord Laurence Olivier just as soon as the album was finished. Because my schedule was incredibly full, the band moved into my house in Finchley, London where we transformed my gym into a make-shift recording studio to pre-write and programme all the material in the daytime. I’d then go to the theatre for five o’clock and meet the band at the Marquee Studios to do the main recording of the vocals after midnight. It was a killer timetable but I loved it with a passion.
Because of work and time commitments we tended to write very quickly. I’d complete a lyric the same day as I had to record the vocal, this has it’s up and down side, but the most powerful effect is spontaneity and a broad spectrum of possible meaning in each song as I never had time to rethink anything. Also, as you may guess, I was surfing on adrenaline for almost six months and by the time I got to the recording studio at midnight each day I was literally ready to explode, thus the track ‘I Explode’, one of my all time favourites. Sometimes my head would be racing so much that the only way to get me to calm down was to give me a sleeping pill. This is not something I would readily admit, but it was the only way the producer could get me to sit long enough to finish a track and is the reason ‘Rebel of Love’ and ‘Martian Cowboy’ sound so relaxed for a Toyah song!