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The Hitmen – Bates Motel (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 27th, 2014



“Bates Motel” is a song by U.K.  new wave band, The Hitmen. Released in 1981 and written by drummer Mike Gaffey. “Bates Motel” is a tribute to Alfred Hickcock and his movie, ‘Psycho’ starring Anthony Perkins. The track was taken from the band’s second album Torn Together. Shortly after it’s release The Hitmen disbanded.

A music video was filmed for the song and was shown on MTV.

In the US the song was only relesed as white label 12″ promo containing the same track on both sides. Housed in a plain white sleeve with sticker.

Bates Motel 3:18

Bates Motel 3:18

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Columbia ‎– AS 1276
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave

Producer – Rhett Davies
Written-By – M. Gaffey*

Demonstration Not For Sale
Taken from the Columbia Lp: “TORN TOGETHER”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS


Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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16 Responses to “The Hitmen – Bates Motel (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Mike Says:

    Wow! This week is going to be really fun. I can feel it! Thanks, DJP!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mike!!


  2. Jeff Says:

    I’m looking forward to this week as well!! I can’t wait to listen to this track. Anything Hitchcock inspired has got to be grand. Everyday you amaze and delight my ears Paul, thanks for that!!!

    Hope you’re doing well besides. You posted that you might talk to the doctor and find out about your surgery. I pray that everything falls into place for you. We all care about you!!!


    P.S. I’m glad that you’re going with the way you originally ripped vinyl. You always put quality first and that’s what should stay. I loved reading the comments concerning this. Great passion amongst your readers and I felt schooled concerning sound and all that. Again I HAVE TO SAY IT!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. I am pretty sure you are gonna love this one. I adore this 12″. I went to the doctor today and will have surgery on Nov 10 after I get back from seeing Olivia Newton-John again on Nov 7.


    woz Reply:

    What is this, the 20th time you’ll see Olivia? You are such a lucky son of a gun!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Well when she comes to Oklahoma I jump at the chance. It’s odd she is doing two dates here during a break from her Vegas residency. She never stops lol.


    Jeff Reply:

    This song is fantastic!!! I can’t believe I missed it the first time around. It’s everything I love about New Wave. Just wish it was a little bit longer and that it didn’t fade out at the end. And your quality is superb Paul. I froth at the ears when I hear how excellently you take care of your records and the way you rip them. You are a wizard with these sorts of things and I (all of us) really appreciate the time and effort involved. THANKS!!!!



  3. Barry Says:

    I’m in shock that you have this. I didn’t even know it existed!

    I mean, the album and 7″ single are obscure enough… but a promo 12″??? Whoa!

    I have a rip of subpar quality. Looking forward to trashing it and replacing it with the 24/96! 🙂

    Ahhhh a 3:18 song spread out over the wide grooves of a 12″ single. Doesn’t get any better!

    Thank you Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Barry 🙂


  4. woz Says:

    check In…check out…check in…check out…check in…check out…


  5. woz Says:

    Thanks! 😀


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome buddy 🙂


  6. brett Says:

    Hi DjPaul, Thank you for uploading this. I have their album. But you’re writing about the wrong band. In Australia there is a band called ‘The Hitmen’. The band that you have posted above were called ‘The London Hitmen’ in Australia, as they are from the U.K. So people wouldn’t get the two groups mixed up.


    brett Reply:

    So you’ll have to change ‘Australia’ to ‘U.K’ or ‘London’ New Wave Band.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Gotcha Brett thanks for the info 🙂


  7. Waltz Says:

    Hi, Paul. Thank you for this rarity! I’d also like to thank you for sticking with untouched rips; loud remasters are widely available at record shops everywhere! Thanks again and all the best.
    PS Do you by any chance have The Damned’s Eloise 12″?


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