Want List: That Mooted Vicious Pink [Phenomena] Collection Coming Soon To Disrupt Your Collection

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Vicious Pink [Phenomena]: Brian Moss + Josephine Warden

It feels like a couple of years ago when were were discussing that perfect Vicious Pink Phenomenon collection, and in the comments, our friend slur mentioned that the delightful Minimal Wave label was teasing a new 2xLP from the synthetic duo. But it was only scant months ago and that time to reveal all has already come up to bite my ankles. It looks like we’ll have a hefty chunk of material on our doorsteps as of next February 14th, of 2022. A more perfect Valentine’s Day present I can’t imagine. What will it entail?

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Minimal Wave | US | 2XLP | 2022 | MW078

Vicious Pink: West View 81-86 – US – 2xLP [2022]

  1. Cccan’t You See
  2. My Private Tokyo 12″
  3. Promises
  4. 8:15 To Nowhere
  5. Why Me
  6. My Man + Me
  7. Baby it’s Too Late
  8. Blue [A World Of Blue]
  9. Why Me [demo]
  10. 8:15 to Nowhere [demo]
  11. Fetish [demo]
  12. In The Swim [demo]
  13. Ask Me To Stay 12″
  14. Face Hugger [21st Century 80s]
  15. Eyes That Smile

All of the titles in bold are previously unreleased commercially. That’s a lot to love. Notice that a few known Vicious Pink Phenomena [Polydor] tracks are mixed in with Vicious Pink [EMI] tracks. I love it. We all know it was the same band even if lawyers would not recognize that fact. “Blue [Love Mix]” was on the Canadian 1986 LP and the Cherry Red CD, but I’ll bet that the version here will be a different mix.

vicious pink west view pink vinylThe details of the LP are very nice. We get lots of “new” material for our ears on an LP of 999 pressings. Half of them are 160g pink as shown, with the rest in black. The glossy heavyweight sleeve has a 12 page booklet with the full story behind the band and lyrics and photos. I’m glad they haven’t fallen for the 180g syndrome. Orders made through the Minimal Wave webstore get a 5″ x 7″ postcard with an unpublished image as bait. But the best bait of all for me is the appearance of unheard Vicious Pink material decades later [there was never enough] and the price for which this unit is selling. A sensible $28.00 for the package and it helps me immeasurably as Minimal Wave is an American boutique label so I won’t have to lose a kidney for postage costs.

The Minimal Wave webstore currently has lovely preview samples of the entire album and let me assure you that the quality of the unheard material is equal to everything you [hopefully] have in your already extant Vicious Pink collections in your own private Record Cells.”Baby It’s Too Late” is an electro wonder of potent vitality. We may be getting new band favorites with this album. And the demo versions are hardly perfunctory.

“Fetish” has always been a juggernaut to my ears, but the demo pulls back from the massive 12″ we know and love to reveal a lean, minimal tech version that ends up sounding like a lost track from “Metamatic.” Wow! I want to order this right now. But I’m trying to cut back from music buying. But I really need to save my shekels and pre-order this soon. I’ll be kicking myself when the LP is $80 in the aftermarket in short order. This project is so fascinating and desirable that I’m not even going to complain that there’s no CD in these, the end times. I basically I will need to use this along with my collection [and those few discs which I still need to buy] to make my own Vicious Pink BSOG [boxed set of god] one day in my dotage. Hit that button. You know you can’t resist.

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3 Responses to Want List: That Mooted Vicious Pink [Phenomena] Collection Coming Soon To Disrupt Your Collection

  1. slur says:

    As welcome as this is, they never managed a real album which is a shame but otherwise pretty unique for a band / act that had commercial success. Postage will kill me for this one if no Euro distributor gets this for wholesale. I want some globalization back, buying from the UK is now a nightmare too.
    BTW
    Per coincidence Soft Cell’s 2nd proper revival album will be out in February too, with CD / MC / Vinyl options and physical singles with different tracklists.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      slur – Maybe they had management issues or dramas that we can only guess about? Given the excesses of the era, it’s a miracle that any music was ever issued! I can’t imagine that there won’t be Euro distribution of some kind, since on the face of things, the aberration was in a US label even putting this put to begin with! That it happened is down to the taste of Minimal Wave. [I still need that JYL album while I can afford it – in theory]. Hopefully, I can buy both. Soft Cell is just fine, but this is the priority!

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      • slur says:

        I know they had issues after splitting as a pair but they kept working. There was even a whole album recorded (‘Blue’) which Parlophone did’nt release due ‘too less guitars and hits’ and so it faded out according to Brian Moss and in 1987 they started another band “Love & Destruction” with no releases I know off.

        I really wounder if Soft Cell asked them for their 40 (gasp) years of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Shows.

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