The Pimp​/​Vice Squad

by Except Buses

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Whilst collating the 'archive' Richard found what we believe was a first generation copy of 'The Pimp', the first thing ever recorded by the continuity that currently goes under the name 'tourmaline hum'. It's very 8-bit lo-fi and was recorded, in late summer 1985, on to compact cassette on an early karaoke machine! Over the following years we made a few attempts to recreate a more polished version of the track, but nothing ever sounded as good as the original.

The band developed and expanded and in 1987 decided that since we couldn't recreate a worthy version of The Pimp we would instead compose a follow up. 'Vice Squad' is the result.

Both tracks were recorded 'live' in one take
The Pimp in September or October 1985
Vice Squad on 16 August 1987


released August 30, 2015

The Pimp recorded by The Working Party
Vice Squad recorded by Mr Schmertz's Wordless War
Photograph taken in 1986 by unknown security guard at Kensington Social Security office.
Cover design by Dental Drill and Trixie Delight
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The Committee for Sonic Research England, UK

The Committee For Sonic Research is a publishing house that promotes the work of several artists. Started in the 1980s its primary output was the work of Except Buses, an experimental electronic music group. It lay dormant for almost two decades before being re-activated to promote the work of tourmaline hum, solo projects by its members and other artists. ... more

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