VITAL SIGNS
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In 1980 Iain MacDonald had the vision of starting an all-synth band. Being a keyboardist himself, he put an ad in a local paper for other keyboard players. Out of that he found Colin Dowden who turned up with his Moog and some very good ideas. Iain already knew Mark Anderson who was a good experimental drummer with add-on synth effects to his drum kit. Colin knew about singer John Lawless and clinically trainee piano player Dave Madden. The band worked together writing songs and doing local gigs. It didn’t take long for Vital Signs to start gaining a following and coming up with interesting tunes.

Due to his previous experience in music production Iain already knew that the best way to move ahead was to make demos and get them off to labels. As time went on they picked up various agents and managers, did gigs up and down the U.K. and got some play on local radio. Things really seemed to be kicking off for Vital Signs in 1983 when they released their “Trading in Guilt” b/w “Miracles” single on their own label and it was picked up by the legendary John Peel at BBC Radio One. But even despite the airplay and various labels paying for further recording, they didn’t manage to break through. They probably went as far as they could possibly go and when no major deal actually came to happen, the band decided to call it a day. Unfortunately, apart from “Trading in Guilt” and its b-side “Miracles”, no other Vital Signs recording has survived.

 



VITAL SIGNS
A.Trading in Guilt
B.Miracles