Is Vic There?

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"Is Vic There?"
Single by Department S
A-side"Is Vic There?"
B-side"Solid Gold Easy Action"
Released29 December 1980
Format7" and 12" vinyl
GenrePost-punk, indie rock
LabelDemon Records, RCA Records, Stiff Records
Songwriter(s)Mike Herbage, Vaughn Toulouse
Producer(s)Dale Griffin/Overend Watts

"Is Vic There?" is the debut single by post-punk band Department S, released by Demon Records on 29 December 1980.[1][2]

It was produced by former Mott the Hoople members Buffin and Overend Watts. The title is a quotation from a Monty Python sketch titled "Phone-In", which closed the comedy troupe's 1973 Matching Tie and Handkerchief album.[3]


"Is Vic There?" charted at No. 22 on the UK Singles Chart[4] and, when re-released on RCA Records in March 1981,[2] it made No. 67 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.[5]

The Demon and RCA UK B-side was a cover of T.Rex's "Solid Gold Easy Action", featuring Thunderthighs on backing vocals.[6]

A 1981 release of the single in the US by Stiff Records featured a different B-side, "Put All the Crosses in the Right Boxes", as did a remixed edition of the song released that year by Stiff as a single in Europe.[7]


Dave Clarke included a cover of "Is Vic There?" (sung by Louisahhh!!!) on his 2017 album, The Desecration of Desire.


  1. ^ "The Post Punk Progressive Pop Party: Department S - Is Vic There?". 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 151. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Anne Carlini - Exclusive Magazine". Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  4. ^ "DEPARTMENT S". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Department S - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  6. ^ "LTM Recordings homepage". Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  7. ^ "Department S - Is Vic There? at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-05-09.