The post before last, I mentioned how Data reminded me of Vicious Pink Phenomena. And that got the old mental wheels turning. This morning I had to dig out the 2012 Cherry Pop Vicious Pink CD I thankfully bought pretty early on. I was reminded that while most [but not all] of the band’s EMI work was on there, there were still the two earlier singles as Vicious Pink Phenomena that I had as issued on Phonogram in 1982-1983 that weren’t on the silver disc. Maybe I should look into what a CD to round up those loose tracks would look like?
Then things got out of hand.
Vicious Pink Phenomena: My Private Tokyo – UK – 7″ 
- My Private Tokyo 3:36
- Promises 3:30
The basic 7″ had the short A-side and a B-side; “Promises.” This record came out after I first became aware of VPP as vocal guests on the debut Soft Cell album that alerted me to their existence. As befitted their association with that band, they first manifested on the Polygram subsidiary The Mobile Suit Corporation [surely the coolest label name ever?] with their friend and associate David Ball of Soft Cell producing.
Vicious Pink Phenomena: My Private Tokyo – UK – 12″ 
- My Private Tokyo [long version] 6:44
- My Private Tokyo [remix] 3:36
- Promises 3:30
I also have the 12″ version with two different mixes of the A-side as well as the B-side. Not the “remix” here was given as 3:36 in length. I need to play these records [I’ve shamefully owned them for more than a decade] and ascertain if there were any differences between the remix and the 7″ A-side version. But there’s another concern.
Vicious Pink Phenomena: My Private Tokyo – UK Promo – 12″ 
- My Private Tokyo 6:40
- My Private Tokyo [remix] 4:20
There was also a UK promo 12″ of “My Private Tokyo” that I’ve just found out about. It sported an A-side with a similar timing to the commercial one but the “remix” on the B-side is a very different 4:20 in length. Copy on the Discogs website [never graven in stone since it is crowdsourced] claims that it is a unique mix of the song. Again, I need to digitize each and every track I have to determine any differences! Alas, getting the promo will entail a small fortune in postage right now. There are no copies in the US. A familiar tale. So that’s it for the first single. On to their second.
Vicious Pink Phenomena: Je T’aime – UK – 7″ 
- Je T’aime 3:33
- In The Swim 4:19
The second single was a cover of the randy Serge Gainsbourg classic “Je T’aime (Moi Non Plus).” David Ball was still in the producer’s chair, but they had decamped from The Mobile Suit Corporation to their management’s short-lived Warehouse label. The B-side was the original “In The Swim.”
Vicious Pink Phenomena: Je T’aime – UK – 12″ 
- Je T’aime [12″ Disco Version] 8:05
- In The Swim [extended version] 8:33
The 12″ single had well extended versions of the UK A/B sides. If David Ball can be counted on to bring the ideas that Soft Cell 12″ singles were abundant in, then these should be amazing mixes. For years I thought that my collection of VPP ended here. But I was wrong. Oh so wrong.
Vicious Pink Phenomena: Je T’aime Moi Non plus – SPAIN – 12″ 
- Je T’aime Moi Non Plus [12″ Disco Version] 7:58
- Maniac 4:50
Now I find that the Spanish [and French] singles that I don’t have contained a unique B-side; “Maniac!” Finding out things like this decades later are both riveting and annoying, since I thought I had all I needed by this band. And the cold facts are that buying a 12″ from Europe these days is a rich man’s game! The record is not too expensive but the shipping…¡Mamacita! That one song will cost me at least $30, easily.
Vicious Pink Phenomena: Live At Hammersmith Palace, London 1982 – DL 
- Maniac 04:58
- My Private Tokyo 6:44
- Promises 3:20
- Odd One 3:25
- In The Swim 2:46
- Ask Me To Stay 4:09
- Je Taime 5:42
Yow! Then there’s this little release, given DL life in 2012, and re-issued in 2019 on the band’s Bandcamp page. Seven more tracks to contend with! Including live songs that never got to wax. Fortunately, this is available now and I can buy it without the spectre of postal costs! And get the tracks in CD resolution files. But now we’re scraping 20 tracks and many of these are 12″ versions. Will this mooted compilation need to be two CDs? Probably so. At that point, I may as well add the Vicious Pink material that was left off of the Cd that saw release in 2012! What does that entail?
Vicious Pink: Cccan’t You See… – UK – 2×12″ 
- Cccan’t You See… [French Extended Mix]
- Cccan’t You See…
- 8:15 To Nowhere/Great Balls Of Fire
- Cccan’t You See… [7″ Version]
- Cccan’t You See… [12″ Dub]
- Cccan’t You See… [7″ DJ Mix]
- Cccan’t You See… [12″ Effects]
- 8:15 To Nowhere/Great Balls Of Fire
I also have this UK 2×12″ of “Cccan’t You See…” that has two extra 12″ mixes not on the earlier CD. The 12″ Dub and the 12″ Effects mixes. I’d better give these a home here.
Various Artists: Razormaid Chapter Two: Edit Dump – USP – EP 
- Vicious Pink: Cccan’t You See… [Razormaid Mix]
- Heaven 17: Sunset Now [Razormaid Mix]
- Visage: Love Glove [Razormaid Mix]
- Figures On A Beach: Breathless [Razormaid Mix]
There’s also this gem. The second ever Razormaid release. packed with goodness including one more mix of “Cccan’t You See…” just because. I need to make sure that one is in any CD I make as well. Surely that’s all?
In 2011, the band put out three Vicious Pink demos from their EMI era in low-res MP3s; now long since gone to buy. But they leave their traces to taunt me. Three demos of the songs:
- Fetish [Inst. Demo] 5:04
- Baby It’s Too Late [Demo] 4:02
- 8:15 To Nowhere [Demo] 3:54
And that’s a wrap. Surely this is the final roundup of any remaining Vicious Pink and Vicious Pink Phenomenon material still to compile to disc! Before today, I felt it was in my grasp. Now? Not so much. Join me in a decade when we have all of the still missing parts in hand!