Victims Of The Riddle was the debut single from the post-punk band Toyah, fronted by Toyah Willcox. It was released on July 27, 1979. The single, and its B-side, Victims of the Riddle (Vivisection) were featured on the LP version of Sheep Farming In Barnet, which was itself an extended reissue of the band’s next single. They also featured on the 2005 compilation album The Safari Singles Collection Part 1: 1979-1981.

Victims of the Riddle was considered by some as being a very brave single choice, especially as a debut. “Victims Of The Riddle was mainly my choice because I wanted to be as weird and far away from the mainstream as possible. In fact, being weird was my priority. If I was to go back in time I’d have made the first single Neon Womb” Toyah remarked in 2011.

The single sleeve carries a a photo of the one of the Mummies of Guanajuato which Toyah would later write a song, Mummies about for the album The Blue Meaning. The Spanish sleeve dropped the mummies in favour of adapting the front cover art from the Sheep Farming In Barnet album.

Victims Of The Riddle (Spain)