Experimental Products formed in Philadelphia in 1982. Michael Gross and Mark Wilde, the two founding members of the group, had previously played together in a punk band in suburban Delaware called The Snotsâ€”after that bandâ€™s breakup, the two came back together owing to a mutual interest in synthesizers. They recorded their debut LP, Prototype, in the garage-studio owned by Grossâ€™s landlord and released it on their own Short Circuit Records imprint. After the albumâ€™s release, Gross bought his landlordâ€™s equipment and set up a studio in his basement where the band recorded the Glowing In The Dark 12â€ť, also self-released, which ended up a hit in the dance clubsâ€”one YouTube commenter claims the song was played â€śevery night for yearsâ€ť at Chicagoâ€™s Berlin Nightclub. This video was shot at The Kennel Club, a members-only nightclub that seems to have been at the epicenter of the New Wave scene in Philadelphia (there are some great old photos on its Facebook).
The group recorded a final 12â€ť, Experiment!, in 1987 (the only Experimental Products release recorded in a professional-quality studio), but tragically Wilde died before it saw release. After his untimely death, the band fell apart and put out no new material for nearly 20 years. Then, in 2005, International Deejay Gigolo Records reissued Glowing In The Dark with a new remix from the French producer Play Paul. And in 2010, the excellent reissue label Vinyl-On-Demand released the compilation Tracks To Glow In The Dark, which contains all of the groupâ€™s vinyl output as well as unreleased rarities.