Sad Day We Left the Croft

Sad Day We Left the Croft

Infobox Album
Name = Sad Day We left The Croft
Type = Compilation album
Artist = Various Artists

Released = Vinyl release early 1981
Reissued on CD
25 September 2007
Recorded = Summer 1980 at Croft Studios, Tong, Lewis, Scotland
Reissued = 25 September 2007
Genre = Punk, Post punk, Indie, alternative rock
Length =
Label = Adult Entertainments, Honcho

"Sad Day We Left The Croft" is a compilation album of punk bands from the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis, recorded in 1980 and released in 1981, as a 12 inch vinyl LP on an independent record label, Adult Entertainments, based in Stornoway; and also in a cassette version by Croft Recordings. A related 7 inch vinyl single on Adult Entertainments was also released in 1981. The single was played by John Peel on his influential BBC Radio 1 music show shortly after its release. Pressed in limited quantities, both the single and the album became cult items and copies have been much sought after by collectors.

The making and impact of the album are the subject of a BBC Gaelic television documentary in the arts series Ealtainn, also titled "Sad Day We Left The Croft". The 30 minute programme produced by Moja and MacTV was first broadcast on BBC2 Scotland on 27 September 2007.

On 25 September 2007, Stornoway based independent record label Honcho reissued the "Sad Day We Left The Croft" album on CD. All the original tracks were remastered for the CD release. Additional tracks on the CD include both tracks from the related single, and four other previously unreleased tracks.


In the late 1970s during the punk era, bands sprang up all across Britain following the musical style and 'do it yourself' ethos of groups such as the Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash. This phenomenon was not confined to cities - many small towns and rural areas also had local punk music scenes, including the Western Isles of Scotland, where traditional Celtic and Gaelic music, and local covers bands had mainly prevailed. A number of punk bands emerged around the main town of Stornoway on Isle of Lewis. By 1979 there were several local punk and post punk bands, including The Bland, The Rong, The Subjects, Bruce Wayne Band, Noise Annoys, Battery Boys and Dirty Girls - and in 1980 they recorded the tracks for the album and the single.


The album was recorded at Croft Recordings, a small studio at Tong, about 5 miles from Stornoway. As the first recording studio in the Western Isles, Croft had been set up by Noel Eadie, a former member of Gaelic folk group Na h-Òganaich, in order to record local Gaelic and traditional music.

Track listing

Original Compilation Album

ide one

#Noise Annoys: "Living (in the world today)" – 1:28
#The Rong: "Treatment" – 3:38
#The Bland: "River Creed" – 4:28
#Addo: "Deep down inside" – 5:56
#The Subjects: "Paradise" – 5:14
#Bruce Wayne Band: "First year fear" – 2:53

ide two

#Dirty Girls: "Love or lust?" – 1:34
#The Rong: "Union Jack" – 2:29
#The Bland: "Letters while travelling" – 2:43
#Addo: "Ocean of love" – 6:07
#The Subjects: "Coming to save you?" – 4:14
#Bruce Wayne Band: "Nightmares" – 2:04
#Noise Annoys: "New heroes" – 1:25

All tracks recorded in 1980 at Tong Studio, Isle of Lewisc. Adult Entertainments 1981ADD 1LP

Bonus tracks (only on CD reissue 2007)

ingle (released 1981)

#Noise Annoys: "Tomorrow" – 2:18
#Battery Boys: "Cheap Local Talent" – 2:51

The Croft Sessions (1979 - previously unreleased)

#The Bland: "Fun Fun Fun" – 1:08
#The Bland: "Heads Blown Off in Slow Motion" – 2:45
#The Bland: "Passions" – 2:39
#The Bland: "River Elbe" – 4:09

External links

* [ Sad Day We Left The Croft Myspace site:] "Sad Day We Left The Croft" Myspace site
* [ Honcho Recordings independent record label site:] Honcho Recordings independent record label site
* [ Lewis Punk Bands:] Poem "Lewis Punk Bands" by Rob MacKenzie (archived British Electronic Poetry Centre, University of Southampton)

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