This week's message of hope from Toyah and Robert comes wrapped in tin foil

Toyah Wlllcox and Robert Fripp in their kitchen
(Image credit: Toyah Willcox/YouTube)

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp have once again combined their considerable might to add to the sum of human happiness, but this week's performance comes backed by a serious message.  

After taking The Cranberries' classic 1994 anti-war anthem Zombie and giving it a typical Fripp-Willcox makeover – with Willcox wrapped in tin foil – the former King Crimson man delivers a more sombre message than usual. "Hope and love to children in danger everywhere", he says, quietly, "from Toyah and Robert's Sunday lunch." 

Zombie was originally written by Cranberries' singer Dolores O'Riordan after two children in the Cheshire town Warrington were killed by a bomb planted in a litter bin by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. The Cranberries were on tour in the UK at the time, and O’Riordan later wrote the song after the tour finished, back home in Limerick, Ireland.

Zombie went to reach the No.1 spot in several countries, and beat Michael Jackson, Seal, The Offspring and TLC to win Best Song at the MTV awards in 1995. They also performed the song at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 1998, when SDLP leader David Trimble and Ulster Unionist leader John Hume were honoured “for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland”. 

Last week it was announced that Fripp's 1980 solo album God Save The Queen/Under Heavy Manners and the following year's Let The Power Fall are to be reissued in July.

The CD version of God Save The Queen/Under Heavy Manners will feature two extra tracks – God Save the King and Music on Hold – while Let The Power Fall will feature three extra tracks, all different mixes of 1984.

Both albums are available to pre-order

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.