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Sad Day We Left The Croft is a compilation album of punk bands from island of Lewis, recorded in 1980 and released in 1981. 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.

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 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. 

The remastered album can be bought online via Honcho Recordings on Amazon but meantime you can watch an excellent BBC 2 documentary by local TV production company Moja on the making of the album in three parts…