Sheep on Drugs

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Sheep on Drugs are a British techno / dance-punk music group, formed by Duncan X [aka King Duncan] (vocals) and Lee Fraser [aka Dead Lee] (guitar/keyboards) and currently composed of Fraser and Johnny Borden (vocals/keyboards). Originally classified as off-the-wall ravers, the duo emerged in the early 1990s with a string of singles, including "Motorbike," "15 Minutes of Fame" and "Track X" (later covered by Grace Jones as "Sex Drive"). "15 Minutes of Fame" reached the lower reaches of the UK Singles Chart as did "From A To H And Back Again".

Their Gareth Jones produced debut album, Greatest Hits, was released on Island Records in 1993 to some acclaim from the UK music press. However, with their Grand Guignol style stage shows, and a musical mixture of sleazy rock, hard techno and punk nihilism, SoD found themselves pigeonholed as an industrial band. Their 1994 follow-up album, ...On Drugs was a commercial and critical disappointment.

"For the 'On Drugs' album, it was basically me and Duncan locked in a room, with no guidance about what direction we were to take it in, no producer. Markus Dravs, who did the production for that album, he's a brilliant artist in his own right, but he wasn't the producer we needed. He was just brought into the studio to mix, it wasn't like he was an active part of the team, so they fucked that up. So, no wonder the second album wasn't as commercial as they were expecting, because they didn't give us any guidance," according to Lee.

After being dropped by Island, the band independently released two EPs: Suck in 1994 and Strapped for Cash in 1995. The band was then signed to Martin Atkins' Invisible Records and headed to the United States. With Invisible, they released the two EPs as Double Trouble in 1996, their third studio album, One for the Money and a remix collection, Never Mind the Methadone in 1997, and a live recording, Two for the Show in 1998. By this time, they had tired of their situation in the States and were unsatisfied with Invisible. Frontman Duncan X departed Sheep on Drugs shortly afterwards to become a professional tattooist (though he does perform live with the band on rare occasions). Fraser continued his relationship with Invisible Records, releasing two more albums as 'Bagman' and was briefly a member of Atkins' bands Pigface and The Damage Manual, usually under the moniker "Lee 303". Fraser revived the group in 2002 with himself as the frontman and released a new album, F**K, on Invisible in 2005. A best of compilation album called Best of a Bad Bunch was released in 2006.

After the release of F**K, Lee Fraser met and began working with Johnny Borden, herself a singer and musician working within similar circles. Johnny was soon brought on board as Lee's partner in Sheep On Drugs' new 21st century incarnation and they began gigging, developing new material which was released on their new album MEDICATION TIME (released digitally on December 6, 2010). The album will be released by a French record label on physical CDs in 2011 to accompany a tour in February.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Greatest Hits Sheep on Drugs 5 2
1994 ...On Drugs Sheep on Drugs 1
1997 Never Mind the Methadone Sheep on Drugs 1
1997 One for the Money Sheep on Drugs 1
2005 F★★K Sheep on Drugs 1
2010 Medication Time Sheep on Drugs 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Two for the Show Sheep on Drugs 1
2006 2005-05-22: Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL Sheep On Drugs 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Best of a Bad Bunch Sheep on Drugs 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Drug Music / Catch-22 Sheep on Drugs 1
1992 Motorbike / Maryjane Sheep on Drugs 1
1993 15 Minutes of Fame Sheep on Drugs 2
1993 From A to H and Back Again Sheep on Drugs 3
1994 Let the Good Times Roll Sheep on Drugs 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Track X EP Sheep on Drugs 2
1992 TV USA Sheep on Drugs 1
1995 Suck EP Sheep on Drugs 1
1995 Strapped for Cash E.P. Sheep on Drugs 2
1996 Double Trouble Sheep on Drugs 1

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