A Bus for a Bus on the Bus

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"A Bus for a Bus in the Bus"
Single by Cardiac Arrest
Released 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 09:00-18:00, 25 July 1979 @ Elephant Studio
Genre Pronk
Length 8:34
Label Tortch
Writer(s) Smith + Pugh
Producer(s) Tim Smith
Cardiac Arrest singles chronology
A Bus for a Bus on the Bus

Seaside Treats


"A Bus for a Bus on the Bus" is the only 7" single by Cardiac Arrest, who later became Cardiacs.

Until the release of The Special Garage Concerts Vol II, none of the tracks on the 7" had been reproduced anywhere else. The single was supposed to contain four tracks and not three, but the limited space on the 7" format prevented it. The fourth track was to be "Keep Your Dead Mice with You",[1][2] which was later re-recorded as "Dead Mouse" on the Toy World album. The single is one of the rarest Cardiac Arrest/Cardiacs items.


According to Pugh, Jim Smith broke the E string on his bass during recording. Before recording Cade bought some children's items from a newsagent and brought them to the session. Smith proceeded to give each member a different item and conducted them like an orchestra to make noises on "A Cake for Bertie's Party" during the middle section. During the recording of "Keep Your Dead Mice With You", which was at the end of the session, Smith and Pugh tried to put together a vocal harmony but it was not finished. The songs were mixed at the end of the session and 1000 copies were pressed.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Bus for a Bus on the Bus" (Smith + Pugh)
  2. "A Cake for Bertie's Party" (Smith, Smith + Mayers)
  3. "Food on the Wall" (Mayers)


  • Philip Pilf (Tim Smith) - guitar, vocals
  • Patty Pilf (Jim Smith) - bass
  • Peter Boker (Michael Pugh) - vocals
  • Duncan Doilet (Colvin Mayers) - keyboards
  • Richard Targett (Peter Tagg) - drums
  • Raphael Cadd (Ralph Cade) - saxophone, triangle


  1. ^ "The Cardiacs Museum". Cardiacs.org. 2009-04-10. Archived from the original on 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Peter Tagg's Testimonial". Cardiacs.com. 2005-09-13. Retrieved 2012-06-17.