My introduction to The Vibes came in early 1985 when Peel gave several airings to I'm In Pittsburgh (And It's Raining). Because of the title I at first assumed the group were from the States, until I later discovered the Pebbles series and, moreover, Volume 1 which contained the original version by The Outcasts.
The group hailed from Peel's childhood home turf, releasing their debut single on Big Beat in1984 before signing to Chainsaw for a further two singles and an LP What's Inside, all of which will set you back a few nicker on the collectors market.
By 1986 they evolved into The Purple Things and released several albums until the end of the decade. This was their only session for Peel which was transmitted twice in April and June 1985.
Other than that I don't know much about the band, but for more information check out The Vibes and Purple Things fan site on Facebook.
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