Toyah

Sheep Farming In Barnet (2020 Reissue)


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Cherry Red Records is delighted to announce the long-awaited remastered release of Toyah’s debut album “Sheep Farming In Barnet” which kickstarts a reissue programme of Toyah’s entire Safari Records catalogue.

Produced by Steve James and Keith Hale, the album reached number 1 on the UK Independent Albums Chart in February 1980 and celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2020.

The 7” single Victims Of The Riddle (1979) was Toyah’s very first release and is included here. This was followed up by 6-track mini-album “Sheep Farming In Barnet” that contained three tracks per-side on a 33 1/3 playing 7” vinyl. This mini-album was then expanded to a full length 11-track album (originally for the German market) in early 1980 by adding the ‘Victims’ 7” A-Side/B-Sides and some further tracks also recorded at Chappell Studios, London.
This album contains the fan favourites ‘Race Through Space’, ‘Neon Womb’ and ‘Danced’, all of which went on to become signature songs for the band.

This punk/new wave classic album is being re-issued in two formats and the vinyl LP features:

STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION WHITE COLOURED VINYL ECHOING THE ‘WHITE GOLFBALLS’ (GEODESIC DOMES) OF RAF FYLINGDALES BALLISTIC MISSILE EARLY WARNING SITE, YORKSHIRE THAT APPEAR BEHIND TOYAH ON THE FRONT COVER PHOTOS.

BRAND NEW INNER BAG FEATURES RARE AND UNSEEN IMAGERY OF TOYAH AND THE BAND FROM THE PERIOD.

OFFICIAL LYRICS FOR THE ALBUM NEVER PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED WITH PREVIOUS ALBUM RELEASES.

The expanded deluxe set features:

2CD+DVD digipak with a fully illustrated 24-page booklet containing a brand new introductory note from Toyah plus rare and unseen imagery including album cover shots taken at RAF Fylingdales Early Warning site, Yorkshire.

This expanded edition features 30 bonus tracks made up of non-album singles, rarities and demos. Amongst the 20 previously unreleased tracks are versions originally recorded for Shoestring, the original improvisation vocal that became Victims of The Riddle and the band’s first ever pre-signing 1978 demos.

A sleevenote by Toyah’s archivist Craig Astley, researched with input from co-writer/guitarist Joel Bogen, chronicles the creation of the album, musician line-ups and reveals the recording origins of the album and bonus material for the first time.

Includes a DVD (NTSC/Region Free) containing two brand new features with Toyah Willcox; an interview about the album/period, a track-by-track album interview and an exclusive acoustic three-song session of songs from the era – all filmed August 2020.

The DVD also includes rare archive TV footage available on DVD for the first time ever including a 1979 interview/performance clips of Race Through Space filmed at Toyah’s Battersea warehouse ‘Mayhem’ for broadcast on What’s On (ITV Midlands-only region) and two songs filmed in February 1980 for BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Tracklist

Limited LP

SIDE ONE

NEON WOMB
INDECISION
WAITING
COMPUTER
VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE
ELUSIVE STRANGER

SIDE TWO

OUR MOVIE
DANCED
LAST GOODBYE
VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE (VIVISECTION)
RACE THROUGH SPACE

2CD+DVD

DISC ONE:

NEON WOMB
INDECISION
WAITING
COMPUTER
VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE
ELUSIVE STRANGER
OUR MOVIE
DANCED
LAST GOODBYE
VICTIMS OF THE RIDDLE (VIVISECTION)
RACE THROUGH SPACE
BONUS TRACKS

GAOLER
BIRD IN FLIGHT
TRIBAL LOOK
LOVE ME (DANGERFIELD SESSION)*
TRIBAL LOOK (ALTERNATE MIX)*
OUR MOVIE (SHOESTRING VERSION)*
WAITING (SHOESTRING VERSION)*
NEON WOMB (SHOESTRING VERSION)*
DANCED (SHOESTRING VERSION)*
* Previously unreleased



DISC TWO:

COMPUTERS (DEMO)*
LITTLE BOY (DEMO)*
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (DEMO)*
WATCH ME SANE (DEMO)*
JAILER (DEMO)*
RACE THROUGH SPACE (DEMO) *
ELUSIVE STRANGER (DEMO)*
PROBLEM CHILD (DEMO)
ISRAEL (DEMO)
CHRISTMAS CAROL (DEMO)
RACE THROUGH SPACE (ALTERNATE MIX)*
NEON WOMB (NO SAXOPHONE)*
OUR MOVIE (ALTERNATE MIX)*
WAITING (ALTERNATE VOCAL MIX)*
INDECISION (ALTERNATE VOCAL MIX)*
COMPUTER (ALTERNATE VOCAL MIX)*
VIVISECTION (IMPROVISATION)*
LOVE ME (DEMO)
TRIBAL LOOK (DEMO)
GUILTY (DEMO)
THREE-SIDED FACE (DEMO)


DISC THREE (DVD):

THE STORY BEHIND THE ALBUM : 2020 INTERVIEW
TRACK-BY-TRACK ALBUM COMMENTARY: 2020 INTERVIEW
COMPUTER: ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
NEON WOMB: ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
BIRD IN FLIGHT: ACOUSTIC SESSION 2020
RACE THROUGH SPACE: WHAT’S ON 12/04/1979
TOYAH INTERVIEW: WHAT’S ON 19/04/1979
DANCED: THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 04/03/1980
INDECISION: THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 04/03/1980