"The Industrials are
interested in technology, manipulation, machines, media, chance, logic,
design. We wear clothes, eat food, drive cars, watch t.v., etc..."
- Red Snerts, 1981.
| Dow Jones &
1. What's The Difference
2. It Ain't Good Enough
3. Set Yourself On Fire
5. Dude In The Direction Field
6. Rocking Farmers
7. Hold That Coed
9. Progressive Rock
11. Dead Astronauts
12. Rock & Roll Don't Come From New York
13. Bible Belt Baby
14. Reggae Song
15. Take Me To The River
Technological Fun records
|1. Let's Go Steady
2. Can't Stand the Midwest
Hardly Music Records, HM-000002,
|1. Amoebas In Chaos
- "Designer Genes"
2. The Gizmos - "The Midwest Can Be Allright"
3. The Panics - "Drugs Are For Thugs"
4. Mr. Science - "Mr. Science"
5. The Defekts - "Peer Pressure"
6. A. Xax - "Banging Your Head"
7. E-in Brino - "Indianapolis"
8. Phil Hundley - "30 Second Affair"
9. Zero Boys - "New Generation"
10. Dow Jones & The Industrials - "Ladies With Appliances"
11. Post Raisin Band - "Pink Lincoln"
12. Last Four (4) Digits - "Diddy Wah Diddy"
13. Freddy & The Fruitloops - "Right & Wrong"
14. bay-root - "Out & Down"
15. The Dancing Cigarettes - "Broken Windows"
(Reissued on CD recently)
(Read DJ&TI and Mr. Science insert.)
(Read review in NY Rocker #43)
(Read review in Billboard July 11, 1981)
Their early sound was ostensibly synthetic, mixing very 'clean' synthesizer sounds with tapes. This was the sound of their first release, a 1982 cassette called "Cal's Ranch". It almost completely lacked vocals (the only exception was a line in "Wigglin Around In Middletown"). The tape portions were primarily pieces of dialogue from various recordings. "(Predictions) uses the dialogue from a prime-time local news broadcoast (with anchorman Bill Close) that some nut with a gun took over in, I believe, the fall of '81 ... really surreal stuff."(Dan Bailey) Other pieces were of a more lighthearted nature, like "Time Travellers", which used an extended recording of dialogue from "Rocky and Bullwinkle". The tape was recorded at "The Center for Advanced Studies," a house were both band members lived, and released by Zia Records in Tempe, AZ.
In 1982, Tone Set contributed the track "Out, Out, Out" to Placebo Record's "Amuck" compilation (PLA-103 A&B). Galen Herod, as Happy People, contributed "Happy People" to this compilation.
Vocals started to become a more prominent part of their sound by the time they started recording their 1983 LP, "Calibrate". This was also a home studio effort. The first side of the LP featured three pop songs: "Life is Busy," "Slim," which were both were sung by Galen Herod, and "Living In Another Land," which was sung by Greg Horn. The second side of the LP came from the "Cal's Ranch" session. The cover was decorated with pictures cut from an old math book, plus a drawing of "Pegna," a creature that would give Pegna Records its name. "Calibrate" was released in February 1983 as Pegna Records PEG 1.
The duo once performed as "Life Is Busy", opening for Pebble Culture(former Nervous member Bil Bored (Bill Yanok), Kristi Register and George Maestri). "They did the whole set with fake Yugoslavian accents, the highlight being a song called 'Working in a Pencil Factory'. Pretty damned odd." (Dan Bailey) They released a cassette single with "Working in a Pencil Factory."
Tone Set poduced a video for "Life is Busy", from their "Calibrate" MLP, which was shown on "Videobeat" and once on MTV's "Basement Tapes," where, despite the presence of Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) as one of the judges, was not voted into regular rotation.
In 1983, each member began releasing solo works. The time and reason for Tone Set's breakup is unknown.
| 1. Introduction
2. Out Out
3. He's Got a Little Dog
5. Such Heavy Conviction
6. The Devil Makes The Loudest Noise
7. Waiting For Oatmeal
10. What Good's A Hit Song?
11. Time Travellers
12. The Tone Set
13. Appeal To Them
14. Wigglin Around In Middletown
|1. Dali's Daughter
- "Cold War"
2. Jody Foster's Army - "Bouncer"
3. Meat Puppets - "Unpleasant"
4. Paris 1942 - "She Cracked"
5. Killer Pussy - "Pepperoni Ice Cream"
6. Sun City Girls - "Bobby Sands Boogie"
7. Victory Acres - "Bottles Neck"
8. Happy People - "Happy People"
9. Soylent Greene - "Soylent Greene"
10. Precious Secrets - "I Wanna Know"
11. Teds - "After The War"
12. International Language - "Long Journey To Nowhere"
13. Knebnagau je - "Annex"
14. Tone Set - "Out! Out! Out!"
15. Poet's Corner - "History of the World #22"
16. Mask - "Windows"
17. Destruction - "Time"
Placebo Records, PLA103
1. Life Is Busy 2. Living In Another Land 3. Slim 4. Out Out 5. What Good's A Hit Song 6. Wigglin Around In Middletown
1. Working in a Pencil Factory
|After the break up of Tone Set, Greg Horn recorded the cassette "Das
Funk Ist Verboten" in 1983. It continued in the style of Tone Set's "Calibrate",
mixing tape-loop instrumentals with straightforward synthpop. It featured
the vocals of Horn, Eric Yeater and Linette Shorr. Sometime between 1984
and 1990, he released a cassette called "Big Grumpy Adults."
In 1984, he released a cassette and some videos under the name "Pointless." After the Pointless project, and inbetween playing in "a bunch of bands that put records out," he continued his solo projects. A CD entitled "Thoroughly Unpleasant Music" was released in 1997, followed by "Brilliant Sloppy Precision" in 1999.
Greg Horn has also composed music for Japanese TV commercials and for Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle."
1. The Money Happens 2. A Man And A Secret 3. You're in Control 4. I Watched and Thought 5. Isolation 6. No Shuffleboard in Moscow 7. Potatohead 8. Happiest Girl in The Whole USA 9. Places and Things 10. Guilt By Association 11. You're in the Army Now 12. What Our Hearts Wanted 13. People In The Street
|Greg Horn of Tone Set became Pointless in 1984. Pointless released a tape in 1984 and made two promo videos: "Keep It Simple" and "Something To Look Up To".|
Galen Herod continued on solo work. He released the following cassettes: "Glad to be a Human" in 1983, "Food for the Mood" in 1984, "Bite the Wax Tadpole" in 1987, "Where the Heck is Mr. Fun or Up and Down the Donut with Frank" in 1989. Later, he was a member of the Skin People, a group that released "Fix My Brain", produced by Butch Vig, in 1994.
|1.The Pig Story
2.Bill, Dave and Jed
3.Boy Meets Boy
4.The River Picnic
6.Looking For The Perfect Love
8.The Boy With The Swollen Head
9.Christmas All Over Again
10.Twenty Miles From Cuba
2.Squalor Is Happy
3.Psychic By The Pool
4.I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Foghat Cover)
5.Maybe I'm A Martian
7.I Want Money
9.Combing M Hair From Hell
11.Not To Know
13.The Rhyming Song
|1.Young Giant On
2.Rock & Roll With Julie
4.What it was for
5.Sitting on a Rock
6.Round and Round Again
7.Everything is Happy & Nice
9.The New Guy
10.You're Not The Boss of Me
11.Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow (Monkees Cover)
12.Bite The Tad Waxpole
3.I don't Care About You
4.I Wish I Was Arnold
5.I'm Not Waiting
6.Up & Down The Donut with Frank
7.The Song of the Pioneers
8.I'm There With You
9.Fish Always Move
10.The Man Who Wasn't There
|1.Rock and Roll With
2.Fix My Brain
6.The Comfortable Land
7.Young Giant on The Freeway
8.Side By Side
9.A Good Girl
10.The Abandoned School
11.Round and Around Again
12.All Of The Time
Pegna / Boat Records
Dumb Bit happy were a Phoenix, AZ, group consisting of Greg Horn, Galen
Herod, Timothy J. Mahoney on drums and Steve Evans.