Tone Set – Out, Out, Out!


“Out, Out, Out” is an hilarious little number. It’s “just” audio from Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. with a synth drum beat after every audio clip. Actually it’s just audio of Frank Sutton as Sgt. Carter yelling at Pyle. He rants a little then says… “what stinks!”. Drum beat. Then he rants a little more about something else then says… “what stinks!”. Get the picture? It’s only one of the greatest things I’ve ever heard and I can’t find it nowhere.

Tone Set was a Tempe, Arizona band that existed from circa 1981 to 1983. It consisted of Galen Herod and Greg Horn. They met while working for KAET, a Public Broadcasting station in Tempe.

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 broadcast (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.

From Tone Set’s “big hit” from college radio in 1982. See “Life is Busy”