The group immediately received an offer from CBS Records; however, they didn't feel they were ready yet and turned it down. The band continued to polish their sound and eventually signed with Phonogram in the U.K. and Geffen Records in America. Vitamin Z's debut album, Rites of Passage, was released in 1985. The LP featured guest musicians such as Peter Gabriel, percussionist Jerry Marotta, drummer Chris Merrick Hughes, guitarists Neil Hubbard and David Rhodes, and violinist Simon House; Rhodes later joined the group. The band became the opening act for Tears for Fears in England, and "Burning Flame" scorched the dance charts. Vitamin Z revisited "Burning Flame" on their next album, Sharp Stone Rain, its title a reference to the bombing of a Northern Ireland church wherein 11 people were killed. But the LP was not successful and the group split up. Barradale started the Wild Orchids and then began recording with Seafruit in 1998.