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It was picked from
the two track demo tape sent to Chiswick Records and appeared as the B-side of their debut single.
Whilst Saints And Sinners adhered more to the punk standard, which is why it was the A-side,
Dead Vandals was clearly the better song.
The fledgling Simple Minds continued to play it at their early 1978 gis,
where it gained extra musical muscle thanks to the addition of
Mick MacNeil's keyboards. It disappeared from the set-list as the band gradually
increased their own home-grown repertoire.
After the success of Simple Minds, interest in their first released material grew. The song was
finally released on CD as part of the Chiswick retrospective album
Good Clean Fun - The Chiswick Sampler (Chiswick CDWIKX 162, released 1995) and became
one of the few Simple Minds studio songs to be bootlegged.
(First Rare Recordings,
Pre Simple Minds and
Johnny And The Self Abusers).
It was due to the influence of Simple Minds fans Eddie Duffy and
Andy Gillepsie that the song was "rediscovered" by the band in 2002, and performed
as a belting encore during the The Floating World Tour.
Dead Vandals (Demo)
The lyrics have never been published.